“Heroina”, the anthem against gender violence from Taormina by Accademia Perosi and Fondazione CRT with FBP


By John

A carnage that millennia and social evolution have not been able to stop. At the center of a necessary work, of those that do harm, but also good, in a directly proportional measure, forcing reflection and awareness.

“Heroine – Women in the Trojan War” it is a cry of pain, desperate, toxic, bloody. Strong yet fragile, like those who emit it, or who – much more often – suffocate it. Those women who become victims of aberrant, inhuman acts, today as in ancient Greece, through narratives which, upon a more careful, contemporary and certainly more sensitive reading, have nothing poetic about them.

On the stage of the ancient theater of Taormina, after the premiere of Tindari, the production of the Accademia Perosi with the Orchestra Talenti Musicali of the CRT Foundation, directed by Nicolò Jacopo Suppa: the actresses Elisa Lombardi and Michela Di Martino and the soprano Fé Avouglan given face and heart, soul, words, vibrations, smiles and tears, to the “heroines” imagined by the texts of the author and director Mario Acampa. Young women, sorrowful nymphs, inspired by the female characters sung by Homer in the Iliad, but expressed far beyond the rigid patterns of an all-too-misogynistic antiquity.

Monologues, dialogues, instrumental pieces and a poignant vocal performance have harmonized in the construction of a vigorous denunciation, which from the rereading of the classics proves dramatically current, seeming to have been written yesterday, or rather today. The news of the last few days – but since the beginning of the year there has been a femicide every 3 days – have exposed us to a succession of atrocities, unworthy actions committed by men against women mostly – among all the cases of Palermo and Caivano – and drops of pure poison between infanticide, cruelty against animals, and then the massacre on the Brandizzo tracks and the “futile” murder – as death never is – of the young musician in Naples. A crescendo of horrors, which was referred to at the opening of the concert, with a minute of silence dedicated in particular to the horn player Giovanbattista Cutolo, who had worked with the orchestra.



Witnesses “of heroines and not of heroes” were the three young performers who screamed and cried the anger and fury of women – like Cassandra, Briseis, Penelope – “abused in body and soul”, yesterday as today , showing determination and weakness, exposing torments, insecurities, social cages that imprison any desire for equality, or rather gender balance, for liberation from violence and abuse, more or less extreme, more or less evident: “I don’t know if I can do it I can do without a man next to me”, “no, I can’t report it”, “they say I asked for it”.


But the conclusion is a hymn to freedom (“Women must give life, but they also have the right to have a life as they want” is the thought that accompanied the theme of abortion) and to a widespread cultural change, which arises from the crude list of percentages and cases (femicides, sexual abuse, genital mutilation, early or shotgun marriages, domestic violence and violence against women with disabilities) and from a warning: “The Trojan War is here now, it has never ended ”. From young faces the hope that a more respectful future is possible and comes from different eyes, hands and minds.


Performing on the two debut Sicilian dates was the Orchestra Talenti Musicali of the CRT Foundation, with male and female musicians with an average age of 25, directed by thirty-year-old Nicolò Jacopo Suppa and composed of Adele Viglietti, Antonino Roberto Angelico, Tina Vercellino , Ilze Tomasevska (first violins); Samuele Cerrato, Sebastian Zagame, Roberta Vaino, Elisa Catto (second violins); Alessia Bertolami, Priscilla Panzeri (viola); Daniel Curtaz, Viola Sommariva, Agnese Polli (cellos); Nicolò Giaconi (double bass). The repertoire ranged from Grieg to Puccini, from Samuel Barber’s Adagio to Aretha Franklin, with arrangements by the artistic director of the Perosi Foundation Stefano Giacomelli.


«The welcome of Tindari, for the Perosi Foundation, the orchestra and the cast, was the best business card one could receive – he commented at the end of the island experience – The availability of the staff of the Tindari archaeological park, the municipal administration and that of the Pro loco, simply wonderful, promised and allowed the success of the show from the early hours of the morning. The lightness, the courtesy, the history, hidden under every stone… even the scents in the land of Sicily made everything seductive and inebriating until nightfall. The rest was magic. Playing, singing and acting in such extraordinary places was thrilling beyond measure. The words of a dear friend, a great Sicilian writer, came true shortly before the concert: “They are places of the absolute, peaks of beauty”. The best viaticum for an evening that involved our being an orchestra. And Taormina? What about a monument to the sublime where every whisper is transformed into a resounding ode? There everything goes beyond the mental conception of Beauty. Thank you Sicily!”.

Together with Giacomelli, accompanying the cast of young people were Piercarlo Zedda (president of the Olly Foundation, supporter of the Perosi Foundation with Bds), Nicoletta Susta and Raffaella Iaselli (adviser of the Accademia Perosi Foundation), who shared the enthusiasm for the Sicilian experience with Lino Morgante, president of the Bonino Pulejo Foundation, who supported the event in the wake of the mission aimed at supporting the young generations. The representation of Taormina will soon be promoted in the Ses Group media, to contribute to the social awareness action and promotion of the Foundations’ activities for the benefit of young talents.