Revolutions in Music
ErosAntEros
1917

concept Davide Sacco and Agata Tomsic / ErosAntEros
dramaturgy Agata Tomsic
literary consultancy Fausto Malcovati
direction, live electronics and light design Davide Sacco
with Agata Tomsic and Noûs Quartet
animations Gianluca Sacco
costume design Laura Dondoli
technical direction Paolo Baldini

texts Aleksandr Blok, Velimir Chlebnikov, Sergej Esenin, Michail Geršenzon, Vladimir Majakovskij, Boris Pasternak
music Dmitrij Šostakovič, Quartetto n. 8 in do minore, op. 110
visuals Dmitry Bisti, El Lissitzky, Aleksandr Rodčenko

commissioned by Ravenna Festival
coproduced with ErosAntEros
in collaboration with La Corte Ospitale and with Ravenna Teatro

Italian premiere


A song can restore life to the words and music of those who lived through the Russian Revolution; through sound and voice, a song can revive the amazement and joy of that new, breath-taking era. A song now brings to the stage the very moment when time seemed to stop and usher in an ideal dream turned to reality. The sun, the moon, the stars, the night, the dawn will be our companions on this journey; the concert will have a palette of red, lacquered sun yellow, silky sky blue, iron and copper. Toil, hunger and cold have lined the path of man’s struggle for freedom, and history teaches us that the initial dream was soon betrayed. And so, the unrelenting optimism emerging from the words even in the hardest moments is juxtaposed with Shostakovich’s Quartet no. 8, dedicated to the victims of totalitarianism and war.