quanto resta della notte
What is left of the night
This text stemmed from the necessity to go beyond the night to imagine a time devoted to love, to experience illness as healing, the death of the mother as the reconciliation of a son with life. Therefore, it stemmed from an act of love. “I would love to have a lemon ice cream, my mother said. Three o’ clock in the morning and everything it closed. A son comes back home after a long time and what does he do? What does he do? My mother said. He goes out at night to look for lemon ice cream for his mother.” In this conversation, there is the need of every man to overcome dramas, deaths and contradictions, to seek faith, a hill that is a place of salvation where to believe, where to ask for absolution.
The story is a succession of memories that awaken the hidden truth in the heart of Pietro, the protagonist. Thousands of words placed in the daily span of three days, a via crucis, a mother who will pass away to give birth to her son a second time. On stage, an actor sits motionless, anchored on a chair, bound to the story, nailed, compelled in that space and time to avoid distracting the body from what is happening inside, with no possible escape.
Quanto resta della notte is a silent, quiet-restless cry, smeared with tears and remorse, a necessary sacrifice, an extreme act in silence. It is an appeal to conscience, to the listening of others in order to surrender to forgiveness. It is a cross to be carried, a brother to be cradled in the core of the heart, a mother to be accompanied in her last step. There is therefore no escape, no space for fiction. Immobility itself is an extreme confrontation with life that moves through the act of speaking with others that are no other but himself.