A Butterfly’s Flight

Ewing’s sarcoma is a malignant  tumour: a rare disease in which cancer cells are found in the bone or in soft tissue such as the  pelvis, the femur, the humerus, the ribs and collar bone. This terrible condition particularly attacks young people, mostly males.

The “Volo della Farfalla “(Flight of the Butterfly) was the title of a charity show held last night at Bagni di Lucca’s Teatro Accademico, in order to raise funds for the Rizzoli Institute in Bologna, which is responsible for the research and treatment of bone tumours.

The event was organized to commemorate a young and highly promising actor, Stefano Girolami, from Bagni di Lucca who died, aged only 28, on September 24, 2010, after falling a victim to Ewing’s sarcoma.

The evening was organised thanks to the generosity of the Respirale Theatre Company of Bologna, co-founded by Stefano together with Luca Serafini and Veronica Capozzoli in 2008, Sara Vannelli of Lucca’s dance group, the tenor Claudio Sassetti, who coordinated the event, the actor Piero Maggio and several citizens of Bagni di Lucca, in particular Leda and Luigi, parents of Stefano who conceived the idea after their son’s sad death. You can see her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/leda.franzoni?fref=ts

ReSpirale Theatre aims at being an open laboratory of experimental theatre where different genres meet and mix creating new forms and channels of communication.  It does this by focusing on training through workshops and stage performances, dance studios, and courses in acrobatics and clowning, all at an accessible cost.

The company has already received many awards for its work and enactments, most recently with “Napoleone, o Della Felice Insurrezione”, performed at Bologna in 2012

The evening opened with a beautiful poem called “il Volo Della Farfalla”, written by Stefano himself and which gave the title to the evening.

A dance sequence followed – a visual metaphor, elegantly done, with excellent choreography and lighting, evoking different feelings and culminating in an apotheosis of Juliet, through Prokofiev’s music.

The play about persons meeting up and trying to create an ideal bar was clearly an interesting idea but it seemed to go on a bit too long and some of the humorous lines were rather lost on me.

A final sequence of dance and song introduced a duet in which Bagni di Lucca’s Claudio Sassetti participated. Marco Nicoli, theatrical producer, journalist, interviewer, actor, organizer of the recent Toyland festival “Il paese dei Balocchi” held last week-end at Villa, then read out a beautiful letter written to Stefano’s parents by someone who’d been invited to the show but couldn’t attend because he was otherwise engaged abroad.  I wondered who could write such a touching letter and there was his name at the end of it, Andrea Bocelli.

All performers offered their services free of charge even covering the costs of their journey from Bologna.

Admission was by free-will offering which has now collected over 16,000 euros for medical research into that dreadful condition which truncated Stefano’s life.

These are great events which combine art with generosity and unite people in a common cause to help prevent further tragedies such as that which happened to Stefano and his family where a whole young life full of promise is not allowed to bloom as it should. If the great philosopher Theodor Adorno said “death is a scandal” then I would add that the death of a young person is a greater scandal!

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