Althea Thauberger

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La mort e la miseria
(Death and Poverty)

2008

HD video & large scale photographic mural

6:20

Collaborators
  • Contìa tradizionèla revisionèda da Vigilio Iori
  • Traditional story adapted by Vigilio Iori

A photographic mural and video performance of a traditional story from the Fassa Valley in the Dolomites of Northeast Italy. This version of the story is based on a recitation by elderly Ladin woman recorded on 16mm film in 1971. It explains the immortality and omnipresence of Poverty, and was adapted to script for the project by the local poet Vigilio Iori.

Ladin is an ancient Rhaeto-Romance language that has survived in isolated valleys and is now spoken in 5 dialects in the valleys descending from Mount Sella. Dispossession and forced assimilation of the Ladin populations during the 19th and 20th Centuries had nearly led to the demise of the language. The development of the region’s tourist industry from the 1960’s to the present transformed the long impoverished region, and it has now become one of the wealthiest and most culturally protected in Italy.

In this brief allegorical play, which is both archaic and contemporary, tropes of community, ritual, survival and death are staged against the mountain landscape that the players inhabit.

 

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    • Cast | Ousc/Voice : Michelle Lorenz |La Miseria/Poverty : Loreta Florian | La mort/Death : Daniela Ransom | L curat/The Priest : Boris Ferrari | L'ombolt/The Mayor : Vigilio Iori |L cèva-fosses/The Gravedigger : Luca Boninsegna | Villagers : Sara Sommaville; Veronica Pellegrin; Michele Degasper; Annamaria Deluca (Annamaria De Cruf); Mariangela Bernard (Mariangela Dal Molinè); Rosetta Degasper (Rosetta De Gac); Ester Cincelli (Ester de Lino Medico); Anna Degasper (Aneta de Peter); familia Soraperra
    • Crew | Diretora/Director : Althea Thauberger | Didament a la produzion/Production Co-ordinator : Luisa Bertacco | Assistent de produczion/Production assistant : Juan Gruanruaz | Operatores video/Camera operator : Giacomo Gabrielli | Registrazion del son/Audio Recordist : Juan Granruaz | Fotograf/Still Photographer : Flavio Bonetti | Montaje/Editing : Althea Thauberger | Son/Sound : Grag Sabitz | Video supporto/Video Assistance : syncsync Vancouver | Translazion/Translators : Luisa Bertacco; Paula Griffiths; Vigilio Iori |
    • Develpai/Thankyou : Pezzei Anna e Sandro e familia; Livio Gabrielli; Roberto Bertacco; Fausto Lorenz; Fabio Chiocchetti; Sabrina Rasolli; Cesare Poppi; Roland Verra; Flavio Bonetti; Anselm Franke; Hila Peleg; Daniela Ransom
    • N spezièl develpai/Special Thanks : Katia Anguelova; Louisa Bertacco; Jean Granruaz; Claus Soraperra; Loretta Florian; Vigilio Iori
    • Prodot col didament de/Production Support : Manifesta 7; Istitut Cultural Ladin de la Val de Fascia; Dario Ghidoni