Ludi Romani 2010

 scenes of daily life and shows

Scene of daily life: “THE CRISIS AT THE TIME OF NERO”

The scene take idea from the Satyricon by Petronio. Publio and Lucio, two Romans from Traiano age, reading for the first time same lines of the famous roman by Petronio, find a corrispondence with their own time in a text which it was already “old” for them. But the irony of fate, also audience of nowday can find the same text stil valid for. Caracters and performers: Publio Alberto Querini, Lucio Gabriele Sisci – book and direction Letizia Staccioli, costumes Francesca Staccioli. In collaboration with Ludi Scaenici

Scene of daily life: “THE SLAVERY”

The Seneca’s letter to Lucilio against the slavery is the occasion to tell the relationship between masters and slavers in the Imperial era, which already in those times was occasion of discussions in the cultural clubs. A patrician woman reading the Seneca’s letter to her husband, convinces him to liberate their slaver Fedro. Caracters and performers: the patrician woman Tania Benvenuti, the patrician man  Gabriele Sisci – book and direction Letizia Staccioli, costumes Francesca Staccioli. In collaboration with Ludi Scaenici


we are in the late empire, around 420. Lucilio left Rome appointed by the governament in Magna Grecia. His friend the patrician Claudio, dictates a letter to his scribe to be sent to the friend along from Rome. Lucilio is a poetries lover and is himself a poet in the free time; for this reason Claudio is sending him with the letter some lyrics by famous classical Latin poets, from the origin of Rome to the late empire, hoping this verses could inspire him. The scene includes fragments by Ennio, Orazio, Calpurnio Siculo, and poets poeti from IV and V sec., Claudiano and Namaziano, further a recepy by Apicio. Caracters and performers: Claudio, Lorenzo Acquaviva. The scribe, Letizia Staccioli  – book by Paola Sarcina, direction Lorenzo Acquaviva, costumes Francesca Staccioli.

Scene of daily life: “THE PASSION OF PERPETUA”

In 203 a young Roman woman was killed in the Cartagine’s anfiteatro becouse of beeing cristian. Her name Vibia Perpetua enters in the history thanks to her straordinary diary in which she takes notes of her dolors, thoughts and dreams during the days of her detention before the martire. we have selected some extract from this diary which is extremely modern for its time and which offers differet points of analisis on woman’s condition in those times. Caracters and performers: Perpetua, Annalisa Biancofiore; flute Carolina Pace – book adaptetion Paola Sarcina, direction Annalisa Biancofiore, costumes Francesca Staccioli.


“Con te vorrei vivere con te morire”. The show is a homage with music and lyrics to the Latin poet Orazio, along his lines, now recited now singed in Italian and Latin, we tell the life and the creativ thought of this great Latin poet. A scenic concert on texts, music and dance on Orazio’s Carmi  and original music by Alessandro Murzi live performed. Caracters and performers: Orazio Lorenzo Acquaviva, Barine Annalisa Biancofiore, the Musa Stefania Toscano, piano and conducting Alessandro Murzi, violins Alessandro Cervo and Sara Scalabrelli, viola Gianfranco Borrelli, cello Giacomo Grandi, narrator Angela Testa – book and music Alessandro Murzi, direction Lorenzo Acquaviva.


Dinamic and itinerant, the show introduce the spectator in a magic and driming dimention. Music and dance of two Ninfe, drive the public in an unsuspected journey meeting step by step, some wild Gods of ancient Lazio, discovering uses and costumes related to them:  Fauno father of Latino and mytical wild god of  flocks and pastures, Flora god of spring ”gioiosa forza fecondante”, Silvano “l’agreste vegliardo” god of woods and crops, Fontus “il dio vigoroso dell’acqua rigogliosa”. Caracters and performers: Silvano Nicola D’Eramo; Fauno Alberto Querini; Flora Tania Benvenuti; Fontus Gabriele Sisci; Eco ninfa dei boschi Stefania Toscano; Siringa Naiade musicante Carolina Pace – book Paola Sarcina and Annalisa Biancofiore, direction Annalisa Biancofiore, costumes Francesca Staccioli.

photos credit: Riccardo Dell’Era