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47

45 min performance, 2012
production of the artist and Madre Museum, Naples
2011/2012

47 reflects the spell under which Francesca Grilli is for the peculiar relationship the Neapolitan people have with death: an event that ends up being accepted as an integral part of life, almost a regenerative episode. A bond emphasized by the characteristic cult of the dead and the so-called Souls in Purgatory, often associated with those anonimously departed and whose remains, since ancient times, were guarded in ossuaries and crypts and became object of collective devotion.
That is a rite which mixes the sacre and the profane and nurishes the prayer with the singing. It is an ancient oral tradition whose transmission has gradually been lost over time.
47 (which is the “dead man who speaks” in the tradition of Neapolitan grimace) rediscovers the old litanies of bones veneration: an act of return to the roots and re-interpret them and at the same time an appeal to the city.
The performance set is the Museum site-specifi room frescoed by Francesco Clemente and this is not accidental, as the verticality of the space, with a balcony which leans out the floor underneath, recalls the architectural frame of the city of Neaples. Precisely as it is in the city of Naples.
In addition, the vertical structure of the room reminds us of the geological stratifications of the city and, as if in a mirror, metaphorically recalls the duality of the earthly world and the heavenly, thanks to the upward lift of the singing.
The performance is developed in three acts – three different devotional interpretations that also reflect the three different stages of life. At 16:47, 17:47 and 18.47 the public is invited to pludged in a rarefied atmosphere where they will be accompanied by a vocal instrument into a journey inside
popular traditions, in order to remember that Aneme tutte che A morte aspetta a tutte

Corpus, curated by Adriana Rispoli, Eugenio Viola

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Madre Museum, performance view
 
Madre Museum, performance view at 16: 47
 
Madre Museum, performance view at 17: 47
 
Madre Museum, performance view at 18: 47