Worlds Festival Magnificat

The actress Arianna Scommegna reinterprets Alda Merini’s “Magnificat”


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The burning words of Alda Merini in her book Magnificat provoke a vibrant interpretation by Arianna Scommegna, who manages to render all the carnality, intimacy and amazing empathy of the Milanese poet in the shoes of the Virgin Mary.

The burning words of Alda Merini in her book Magnificat provoke a vibrant interpretation by Arianna Scommegna, who manages to render all the carnality, intimacy and amazing empathy of the Milanese poet in the shoes of the Virgin Mary.

In Alda Merini’s Magnificat, the humanity of Mary highlights a strong contradiction: the vastness of the divine finds space in a body and, moreover, in the body of a young girl. Thus we encounter the fear and the hope, the dismay and the wonder, the doubt and the certainty of the one that will be the mother of God. This contrast is fulfilled in the acceptance of the Mystery. In fact, Alda Merini’s poetry, in the words of Mary, makes it possible for the present loss, the memory of innocence past and the painful awareness of the future to co-exist. Mary is, at the same time, herself, the young girl that was and the mother of God that will be. A staggering and elusive short circuit. And it is through great poetry that we are able to perceive this incomprehensible feat.