At the “Istrione” in Catania, from 18 to 20 November, for “Aria Nuova”, on stage the Fratelli Napoli with “The tragedy of Macbeth” by William Shakespeare

“The Tragedy of Macbeth”

Second round of the season “New Air” of the The Istrione Theater of Cataniadirected by the actor and director Valerio Santi. Since Friday 18 see you on Sunday November 20th 2022 (21.00 and 18.00) in the hall of via Federico de Roberto 11, in Catania, after the acclaimed seasonal debut with “La musica dei ciechi” by Raffaele Viviani, the prestigious company of Brothers Napleshistorical family of Pupari from Catania, with another great success belonging to the Shakespearean cycle, “The Tragedy of Macbeth” by William Shakespeare, reduction and adaptation for puppets from Catania from Alessandro and Fiorenzo Naples. Protagonists Fiorenzo Napoli, Davide Napoli, Agnese Torrisi, Giuseppe Napoli, Alessandro Napoli, Dario Napoli, Marco Napoli, Giacomo Anastasi, Martina Sapienza, Roberta Laudani and with the extraordinary participation of Tiziana Giletto.

The Naples Brothers Puppetry

Composed by the Bard of Stratford-upon-Avon around 1606, the tragedy of Macbeth represents one of the highest peaks of Shakespearean creation, both in poetic quality and in dramatic intensity. Ensnared by fatal prophecies that reveal his secret ambition, Macbeth, faithful warrior of the good king Duncan, accelerates the fulfillment of his fate, instigated by the Luciferian courage of his bride. Tragedy of evil and ambition, fear and remorse, in its sinister grandeur, Macbeth is one of the greatest universal masterpieces centered on the theme of guilt and man’s relationship with the infernal powers. “Representing the Shakespearean text according to the theatrical codes of the Catanese Opira seemed possible to us – they write Alessandro and Fiorenzo Naplesnot only because we believe in the great potential of our wooden actors, but also because Macbeth, with the final triumph of law over betrayal, fraud and murder, re-proposes that aspiration for a more just order of the world which is the essential figure of the Opera dei Pupi. Furthermore, many characters of the Shakespearean characters are found in the theatrical taste of the traditional Opira: just to give an example, Macduff, the tyrant’s killer, appears to us as a noble champion of justice who makes good triumph over evil. Furthermore, many scenes of the tragedy respond to that taste for elaborate stagecraft constructions which has always characterized the Opira of Catania, and above all the activity of our Puppetry: let’s think of the scenes of the witches, the banquet and supernatural apparitions. The reduction and adaptation have had to constantly take into account the need to marry the poetic intensity of the Shakespearean word with the vocal and gestural codes of the Catania puppets. The very respectful reduction of the original text has therefore in some cases had to adapt to precautions and modifications imposed by a tradition that has its own complex of rigorous, articulated and precise rules”.

At the “Istrione” in Catania, from 18 to 20 November, for “Aria Nuova”, on stage the Fratelli Napoli with “The tragedy of Macbeth” by William Shakespeare – Cronaca Oggi Quotidiano