la Biennale di Venezia
Main Visual Sezione Teatro EN (new)


Polvere di Baghdad

Teatro Piccolo Arsenale
5th - 6th November 2009 at 8:30 p.m.
Polvere di Baghdad  [world premiere]
directed by Maurizio Scaparro
adapted for the stage by Adonis and Massimo Nava
original music Mauro Pagani
with Massimo Ranieri
production Compagnia Italiana, Nuovo Teatro, La Biennale di Venezia  
The Mediterranean journey will end with Polvere di Baghdad (Baghdad Dust) directed by Maurizio Scaparro, which was begun during the International Theatre Workshop in November 2008, and will now be presented in its definitive form with the dramaturgical adaptation by Adonis and with Massimo Ranieri as the protagonist.
In Baghdad the street of bookshops has been destroyed by bombs. Fragments of books, pages scattered through the air, rubble, dust, echoes of gunshots.
“We often pronounce the name of this city, but no one thinks of Sheherezade anymore, or Sindbad, the flowered gardens, the extraordinary stories of an ancient civilization – says Scaparro. All we think of are the words war and destruction.
Baghdad Dust is the story of rediscovering the dreams, the stories, the music, the written word in the many languages of the world (including Shakespeare who was very popular in Baghdad): it is the story of hope” concludes Scaparro.