Just like on a real movie set, the shooting and audio recordings of the long-awaited performance associated with the installation “Steps” began in this way. Our Augusta colleagues, with their “steps” traced the footsteps of the artist Alfredo Pirri in an itinerary along the external and internal walls of the Maniace Castle in Syracuse, up to the large Hypostila Hall, where the artistic work was set up and the performance was staged.
It is here that our colleagues, amid some embarrassment, laughter and concentration, became actual “actors”, the stars of the first scene in which they were arranged in a procession. Following Pirri’s steps, a colleague of ours opened the scene by pushing a sphere made of stone - a medieval ball for catapult - rolling it along a floor made of mirrors, which broke under the weight of the sphere. This is how the performers, by walking on the broken mirrors, made a series of sounds and noises that, as a whole, created a sound carpet.
In the second scene, the actors turned into real human statues, petrified, unmoving, impassible, almost hypnotized by the long and harmonic whistling of a colleague. Suddenly, the silent scene was brusquely
interrupted by the sound of two helmets forcefully thrown down against the floor of broken mirrors: the human statues then stood up, walked, whistled, sang and interacted with each other, taking up the entire space around them.
The circle of the performance ended by resuming the first scene in which the procession of workers was formed. The workers then slowly made their way towards the exit of the castle.
It was an extremely intense day for the colleagues of the Augusta Plant, who were also busy the day before with the “lectio magistralis” of the same Pirri. During his presentation, the artist introduced a few of his works, starting from their genesis up to the actual creation, contextualizing extremely topical meanings and visons of society as well as of human and professional relationships.
Pirri shared his works, his creations, and his future projects with the eyes of an artist who watches the world and the space around him, imagining new dimensions and points of view and breathing life into a work full of meanings.