A Xmas Tree for The Performing Arts

There is an installation of a Christmas Trees made with the travelling trunks, on various Piazze of Italy. The trunks are the object that unites all workers behind the scenes of performances, shows, fairs, and events.

Instead of the traditional decorations, there are phrases written by show business workers, with words of good omen and hope for a sector that is facing an unprecedented crisis.

At the foot of the trees some interviwews to be held these pre-Xmas days, to tell the unpublished stories of professionals who normally work silently to transform the visions of theaters, cinemas, concerts, TV and more into reality.

This symbol of the entertainment workers, conceived and designed by Bauli In Piazza (BIP = Trunk in Piazza) – the movement born in October at the foot of the Milan Cathedral with 500 trunks and 1300 operators in the sector lined up in response to the serious crisis of workers of the entertainment world. After being set up in Milan, it also arrived in many other Italian cities.

I went to my local theater to donate the cost of my annual subscription (second time this year!), to the theater. I figure that they are facing a good number of obstacles and I hope my donation will help them somewhat. They are  unweary and creative, while they can’t perfom as they used to—no Nutcracker this year—they are projecting ballets on their walls in the evening. 

It is not the real thing, but I appreciate it nevertheless.

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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

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