Living without Love (you cannot)
Performed by Cristina Ferrajoli | By Salvatore Cabras
3 April| 8pm
4 April| 8pm
Performed by Cristina Ferrajoli, “Cantattrice”
Written by Salvatore Cabras
Directed by Marina Bianchi
Dramaturg Maggie Rose
Playing Piano M° Daniele Bettini
Costumes by Susan Marshall
AN ENGLISH THEATRE MILAN PRODUCTION
RUN TIME 75 min
Performance in Italian with English surtitles.
“Hilde, perché senza amore non è vita?”
Very differently from the well- known female archetypes, who solve the absence of love in their lives by resorting to suicide (Ophelia, Hedda Gabler, Emma Bovary …), Hilde chooses to stay with her husband. even if she no longer loves him when he returns in 1946, after fighting in World War Two. In this one-person play, with songs by Marlene Dietrich, this young working-class woman from Pirna, Germany, transfers her affections on her daughter and on her best friend, who works, like her, on an assembly line in a factory, making parachutes: “I’ve always kept myself busy. You know, the daily grind, at work and at home, everything tidy – a place for everything and everything in its place – every day, thinking of nothing”. She softly, but staunchly, underscores that tragedy and dissatisfied lives aren’t the prerogative of the upper and middle classes, but they also belong to ordinary working-class people like her. We shouldn’t forget that the latter represents at least 70% of the world’s population. Moreover, in Hilde we glimpse a special strength, possibly deriving from her working-class roots.
Marlene Dietrich was an important icon in the collective imagination of Europeans and American in the 20th century and a myth which still lives on today. It is the women characters, then, in Dietrich’s songs, that unwittingly animate the happenings in Hilde’s everyday life and provide the vital sap for her resilience. What’s more, Hilde seems to warn us that Love is among the innocent victims of war.
Pianist Daniele Bettini accompanies actress-singer (“cantattrice”) Cristina Ferrajoli, who thanks to her outstanding international experience, superbly interweaves Hilda’s story with Dietrich’s songs, performing in Italian and singing in German (surtitles in English). She thereby offers us a truly stunning variety of
Logan won The Stage “Best Solo Performer of the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Award” for his acclaimed performance.
A playgoing experience which is entertaining and educational
THE CREATIVE TEAM: BIONOTES
CRISTINA FERRAJOLI, Actor
SALVATORE CABRAS, Playwright