Teatro alla Scala, ''Teneke''


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The scene, constituted by a big inclined floor covered first by elaborate concretions, then by the silvery TST - Silviastar floor, reminds the contrast among the surfaces perfectly smoothed and the repetitions of segments and complex gears that characterize the series of the Euclid solids (spheres, cones, etc.) to which Pomodoro devoted part of his own sculptor's production since the Years 1960.Proceeding toward the darkness of the horizon, the inclined plane breaks in five steps, almost terraces that allow the access and the passage of the actors.The steps are covered with the mirroring floor but in a way absolutely not antiseptic, because roughly installed, with creased panels, in way of representing the reflex of the rice-fields without poetry, almost with harshness.
Evident and very interesting, watching it from a scenographical point of view, is the contrast among raw and natural materials (the jute AJT - Hessian, the ATS - Toscana canvas) and an artificial and a varnished material (the TST - Silviastar floor), often animated by cold and disquieting reflexes.
The contrast among the water of the rice-fields, that Arnaldo Pomodoro stylized with the TST - Silviastar mirror floor and the tormented tangle of lines that the scenographical workshop of the Teatro Alla Scala modeled consolidating the surfaces with abundance of GGI - Siria.Fabio Vacchi took as a starting point the tale Teneke that the Turkish writer of Kurdish origin Yashar Kemal (Hemite, Turkey, 1922) wrote in 1955.Vacchi, according to the intention he declared since the beginning of his musical run, that to write music for people who doesn't listen to contemporary music, breaking down the barriers that limit the use to the entourage of the followers, added some electronic interventions to the score that made even more involving the atmosphere created by soloists, the great choir and the great orchestra.
Opera in three acts
First night
Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 22/9/2007

costume design
Stage direction
Ermanno Olmi (1931-2018)


The action narrated by the Turkish writer Yaşar Kemal take place in the '50 among the peasants of Anatolia, but the universality of the metaphor would allow the its transposition in any location of our days.

Materials used in this production

AJT - Hessian


Arnaldo Pomodoro

Some Masters

ASC - Sceno

Muslin and canvas

ATS - Toscana

Muslin and canvas

COT - Oscurante Teatro

Duvetyne and blackout fabrics

GGI - Siria


RCO - Colorado

Rear-projection films

Rear-illuminated backdrops

Vinyl backdrops: typologies

TST - Silviastar

Dance floors

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