AMELIA DI CORSO
A day, Ilse’s birthday. A living room, hers. A family come together for the occasion, ready to prepare a Sachertorte. Eight individuals, a heterogeneous gathering under the roof of a woman-mothergrandmother from the obscure past. All it takes is a glowing spark, lit by a grandson and loaded with the unsayable, to turn the warmth of cake-baking into a cold battle of words. The legend is accepted as a sacred and untouchable taboo because it creates cohesion between individuals belonging to the same nucleus, and any attack on it is shut down as damaging to the group identity. The family ritual of the birthday, written about by Maurizio Andolfi and Claudio Angelo “in Tempo e mito della psicologia familiare” as a representative element of the family myth (stories, secrets and legends), has a function of maintenance or potential change (the glowing spark). “Sachertorte” - written and directed for theatre by Amelia Di Corso - is the first production by the Teatro L’Avvelenata company, a group of actors, musicians, directors and playwrights. The story they bring to the stage attempts to overturn the “point of view” on history, in particular on the Holocaust, by giving a voice to a German family gathered around a powerful mother. As part of the project “Saper pensare… per poter essere”, the company offers the work to high school classes of the last three years, because “it’s a contribution to a guided discussion, which aims to teach students how to formulate and expound a thesis, how to take others’ viewpoints into consideration”, state the producers. “Sachertorte” was selected as a finalist for the 2016 Scintille Prize. The company has also made a film version of the same text, directed by Leopoldo Medugno.
The story has been written by Maria Teresa Sammarco, writer
A piece for cinema and theatre, produced by the Teatro L’Avvelenata company. A reflection on the Holocaust for schools and institutes.