“Ogni volta che cercheremo le parole, i suoni sepolti nel profondo della nostra memoria, quando vorremo rileggere una pagina vera della nostra memoria, sarà la voce di Rosa che ritornerà a imporsi con la sua ferma disperazione, la sua tragica dolcezza…”. (Ignazio Buttitta)
Rosa Balistreri is one of those characters that belong to the deepest imaginary of the Sicilian land: indeed it is a true icon of Sicily, even if – like many Sicilians – she was forced to emigrate and live far from her land. Born of a very poor family, she managed to redeem herself from her condition of misery and become a friend of great figures of art and culture such as Guttuso, Sciascia, Buttitta, Amalia Rodriguez, embodying a model of a woman who fights for her own emancipation.
The story is enriched by the beautiful songs of Rosa, which have a function both narrative and lyric.
Chiara Casarico, reciting voice, song, guitar
Roberto Mazzoli and Stefania Placidi, classical guitar
Directed by Emilia Martinelli
Set design by Lorenzo Terranera