Se questo è un uomo
(If This Is a Man)
About this event
Se questo è un uomo is a show based on the homonymous memoir by Italian Jewish writer Primo Levi, considered one of the main voices that have told Auschwitz. The author describes his arrest and his incarceration in the concentration camp from February 1944 till January 1945.
Levi’s book is staged for the very first time without any kind of mediation; on the stage, the unmistakable, mild yet firm voice of the writer and witness of the Lager rings out; that voice tells the world of the horror and madness of the Nazi extermination.
After the great success with which he was welcomed in Italy at his debut, Se questo è un uomo, directed and performed by Valter Malosti is back on stage.
In the performance, which can be defined as an acoustic opera, the protagonist is the voice of the actor who embraces Primo Levi’s crystal clear words. The three original madrigals created by Carlo Boccadoro from the poems Levi wrote in 1945-46, immediately after his return from Auschwitz, act as a counterpoint to the narration. The place of the action is a visual short-circuit between the memory of the lager and “our lukewarm homes”.