(‘In the bright sunshine heavy with love’)
Azione scenica in two acts by Luigi Nono to a libretto by the composer and Yury Lyubimov after texts by Bertolt Brecht , Tania Bunke, Fidel Castro, Ernesto Che Guevara, Georgy Dimitrov, Maxim Gorky, Antonio Gramsci, Vladimir Lenin, Karl Marx, Louise Michel, Cesare Pavese, Arthur Rimbaud, Celia Sanchez, Haydée Santamaria and popular sources; Milan, Teatro Lirico, 4 April 1975 (revised, definitive version, Milan, Teatro Lirico, 11 February 1978).
Each half of this work brings together texts and images that gravitate around a central theme: in the first half, the Paris Commune, in the second, the Russian revolt of 1905. The two themes echo and complement each other. Both revolts were crushed, yet both have served to inspire subsequent struggles for social justice. Central to both halves is the role played by women within those struggles.
Act 1 charts the progress of the Commune with images taken from Brecht’s Tage der Commune...