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the towns where stories flourish

June 2022 - Number 22
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the towns where stories flourish

Words Cinzia Donati - Photography Federico Neri

Two delightful theatrical spaces, in Forte dei Marmi and Querceta, where Elisabetta Salvatori stages her shows and proposes the stories of other friends and storytellers. Two bonbonnière mounted and looked after to the smallest detail by Salvatori herself, who works as a storyteller, with a visceral passion for the theater in her DNA. “Not the actress and not the bard, who are di
fferent things”, she likes to specify to those who ask her what she does. She tells stories. The most recent, on Saint Peregrine, makes its debut at the beginning of July in her small theaters. One theater she has created in the living room of her home in Forte dei Marmi, which in the summer moves into the garden, the other in the historic flower shop in Querceta that belonged to aunt Lida and closed a year ago.

  • ph. Ettore Rossi

  • ph. Federico Neri

  • ph. Ettore Rossi

Many artists have performed at the Teatrino in Salotto, which turns twenty years old this year, at a rate of eight to nine shows a month which continued over time, interrupted only by Covid. Among the best known: Carlo Monni, Bobo Rondelli, Simone Cristicchi. Among the spectators, Giobbe Covatta was often seen there. Among the visitors, Francesco Guccini, Paola Turci, Marco Paolini. “The space was born from uniting two rooms, the dining and living rooms, which I cleared out in a week and in which I set up a podium and fifty chairs,” says Elisabetta. “Then came the steps, then the seats were taken from various theaters that had closed, the walls that have changed from white to red, the lights, the curtains”. The same style for La Fioreria delle Storie, fortyfive seats, which from 5 to 15 July hosts the review “Incroci di Storie”, with Luca Barsottelli, Fabrizio Brandi, Massimo Grigò and others. The same show on two consecutive evenings: first in Querceta and later in Forte dei Marmi, “to create a imaginary bridge between the two spaces”. In Querceta, Elisabetta also realizes a long-cherished dream: La Stanza della Memoria, where objects that tell old true stories are kept in wooden drawers hanging on the walls.

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