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2022 Programme

Event #24

Mariangela Gualtieri

Catching the Breath

“There is a hunger for words which can describe what we care about most. And what we really care about has not changed over the centuries. It is always love, pain, the unspeakable mystery, our children, death, flowers, clouds – everything which does not change in this peculiar universe. There is a longing to say thank you, to say forgive, to say we, you, to care, tree, forest, my love, the dead, the species, and I will put there all these beloved words that now vibrate so strongly and show their trembling when they meet the verse, their being in danger amid the poor running language. All this is Catching the Breath. The breath, our primary movement, the footstalk which keeps us hanging on to life, like breathing fruit, inside the air of all, inside the motion of everything”. Mariangela Gualtieri


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Mariangela Gualtieri was born in Cesena, in the Romagna region. She graduated in architecture from the IUAV in Venice. In 1983, together with the director Cesare Ronconi, she founded the Teatro Valdoca, of which she is dramaturge. From the very beginning of her career, she has taken care of the oral performance of poetry, devoting full attention to the apparatus of voice amplification and to the association between poetic verse and live music. Her published texts include: Antenata (Crocetti, 1992 and 2020), Bestia di gioia (Einaudi, 2010), Caino (Einaudi, 2011), Le giovani parole (Einaudi, 2015), Voci di tenebra azzurra (Stampa 2009, 2016), Beast of Joy. Selected poems (Chelsea Editions, New York, 2018), coauthor of Album dei Giuramenti e Tavole dei Giuramenti by Teatro Valdoca (Quodlibet, 2019), Quando non morivo (Einaudi, 2019), Paesaggio con fratello rotto (Einaudi, 2021), L'incanto fonico. L'arte di dire la poesia (Einaudi, 2022).


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