Roberto Corradino after the show: «Unexpected misunderstandings, we apologize and are ready to dialogue with the school and parents»

«We want to clarify with the families of the children the unexpected misunderstandings we have encountered. Evidently the words used were unclear, the expectations disappointed and disregarded. Unfortunately this is a mutual perception, and as it is right we, Verso Sud, apologize and are very ready to open a direct dialogue with the school and the parents». The actor Roberto Corradino answers like this after the protests emerged following the show “Living Cathedral” staged yesterday evening in the Terra Maiorum winery. Here is the actor’s full reply below.

“We must perform a great rite of liberation, chase away the wing of the Black Angel, which gives death because death is small, small, small. He’s passing through. Life yes, it always says yes, Life, it always says yes, Life yes, Lives yes Always, yes, Life yes, above death, yes. And then you are born children and we sing, all together, we distribute the sheets for the song. We must chase away the wing of the Black Angel who gives death who announces death and therefore announces Life, because if you are born you know that you must die, Jesus knew it, and also the so-called Eternal Father who is an Eternal Mother, Divine Mother, Divine Papa, Divine, Divine.”

«These are the words that open the Living Cathedral – the theatrical rite – staged yesterday at the Cantina Sociale Terra Maiorum in Corato, the latest production for theater and performing arts of Verso Sud Cultural Ecosystem written and directed by Roberto Corradino, who also supervised the preparation of the Puppy Choir of the Fornelli Primary School, and with the great work done with the teachers of the IV classes of the same Institute.

And it is with great regret that we want to clarify the unexpected misunderstandings we have encountered, especially with the families of the children. Evidently the words used were unclear, the expectations disappointed and disregarded. Unfortunately this is a mutual perception, and we, as it should be done, apologize and we are very ready to open a direct dialogue with the school and parents. Let’s open a moment of public discussion, primarily with those who have felt disturbed or offended by the form and contents of this “rite”, we would like to discuss precisely those.

Probably the very word “rite” has generated misunderstandings and strong reactions that embitter us too. But let’s try to transform the misunderstood word “rite” from a stumbling block into a cornerstone, as in Psalm 118 and in the Gospel of Matthew. We do not want an object on stage that is not clearly visible – the sword of Michael the Archangel -, the incense that opened the ritual – to give rise to parody or even worse, devaluation of the religious, pedagogical and sense feelings of what for us it was an opening to the Coratian community.

Verso Sud dedicated the month of December to the Rite. A leading thought in view of the Christmas holidays, which believers or not, feel like a real presence in their daily lives. If the direction, the sense of the rite has lent itself to bad interpretations, we apologize. We started from what is light and what is dark. But within us, in our lives, in our daily human relationships.

But the rite, all rites have always been a celebration, whether it’s a birth, a union, or the final farewell to a loved one. And so we wanted to celebrate – with song, dance, music – and above all with the clearest eyes that we have, that is, of the children of the choir – the children that we were and that we often forget we were – children who sang, danced, ran in scene with the freedom that only they have – we wanted to celebrate the light that we forget to animate, to protect, that we have to take care of. And we care about this with our hearts. As humans first and foremost. There is nothing more moving than hearing 70 children shouting Yes to the Light, joining hands in prayer like little men and women of the future – theirs and our future – while on stage a sword immersed in blue lights reminded us of the mission of the Archangel Michael.

Who is like God, means the name Michael. And indeed Michele was on stage with us, one of the children of the Fornelli Institute. And with him Gabriele, Myriana, Martina, Samuele, Marco, Giuseppe, Eyd, Christian, and I won’t mention them all, the list is long. But seeing M.’s father moved or D.’s mother pass by us at the end of the ritual and thank us by saying only those who go through the dark can understand how beautiful the light is, really is priceless. This also happened last night. There was not only the darkness of misunderstanding. Let’s meet as soon as possible and open up a dialogue. To the south there is. Thanks to the Istituto Fornelli, the principal, the teachers and above all the parents and children of the choir».

Thursday 22 December 2022

Roberto Corradino after the show: «Unexpected misunderstandings, we apologize and are ready to dialogue with the school and parents» – CoratoLive.it