the most recent
in all the caves
in the big cave
the crib and the dioramas:
> 2009-2010 THE ESSENES - the sons of light
> 2008-2009 THE ANGEL - 3rd edition
> 2007-2008 BET LEHM - House of Bread
> 2006-2007 LILITH - the first Eve
the "new Nativities":
> 2005-2006 THE CARAVANSERAI- 2nd edition
> 2004-2005 BÉÈR - the well
> 2003-2004 THE ANGEL - 2nd edition
in the first caves
the third millennium:
> 2002-'03 SALOMÈ - the unbelieving midwife
> 2001-'02 THE MARKET
> 2000-'01 THE PILGRIM KINGS
> 1999-2000 SABBATH - the Jewish Saturday
> 1998-'99 THE ANGEL
> 1997-'98 THE CARAVANSERAI
> 1996-'97 THE HOSPITALITY OF THE POOR
the crib grows:
> 1995-'96 THE NOISE OF THE CRAFTS
> 1994-'95 THE THREE KINGS' GIFTS
THE SON OF THE FATHER
“Son of the Father”, in Aramaic “Bar-abbâ” is the epithet with which Jesus was known (Yeshua Bar-abbâ), but also the name of his antagonist for the cross in the cruel ballot proposed by Pontius Pilate to the people of Jerusalem .
Our Barabbas, a bit of a thief and a bit of a sorcerer, a bit of a subversive and a bit of a profiteer, was anything but a stranger to Maria, with whom he had shared the first years of his life and the will to give peace and freedom. to the people of Israel.
He dreamed of becoming king and marrying Mary, but their paths split just when they were supposed to unite.
From 23 December 2021 to 9 January 2022
My second wish was to marry Mary, the daughter of Anna and Joachim of Nazareth. I had always known her, and right in front of her house I started to collect the first volunteers with whom to go to the reconquest of Jerusalem. I was there also that day when the Roman soldiers sacked the village. Maria tried to hide the synagogue’s seven-branched candlestick, but a soldier rushed on her to snatch it from her hand. Joachim, in order to deflect the blade that was about to hit his daughter, wounded one of the soldiers. He was immediately captured and taken to the Tarichea fortress to be crucified.
In a short time in Judea, Galilee and Samaria they were talking about me: I had made fun of the Romans, I could only be the long-awaited Messiah. Because of this sudden notoriety, I had to go into hiding with my small handful of faithful. Maria stayed with Joachim, who continued his convalescence at the home of an elderly couple of relatives: Zacharias and Elizabeth. At the time of our farewell, I promised her that I would return as King of Israel and that I would finally ask for her hand. She replied that she was not born to be married to a man. But I was convinced that I would be able to change her mind.
While waiting to enlarge our army and to enter Jerusalem victorious, we remained in hiding all summer, living off what we managed to steal by robbing some caravan of rich merchants and sharing the booty with the poorest and most derelict. Mary’s last words always echoed in my head: “Why push people to rise up against Herod if none of you know what to lead them to? Which of you would know how to be king of justice and goodness “? But I was too proud to listen to a girl and it was too late to turn back.
• Lucio Dalla and Iskra Menarini: the soundtrack of the Nativity scene was the piece «Amore desperate», composed by Lucio Dalla for his opera on Tosca. Although it was born for a completely different context, the suggestions it was able to evoke were perfect for our setting. The interpretation of Iskra Menarini was chosen, who showed great collaboration and availability
• Museums on the Net: the crib was created as part of the events of the “Museums on the Net for the Territory” project, created with the contribution of the Umbria Region
• A well in Africa: the initiative started in 2019 continued with the collection of offers for the construction of a large water well in Ethiopia, in collaboration with Amref
Concept – preparation – creation of characters – graphics: Marco Sciarra | animatronic characters: Andrea Giomaro | scenography: Marco Sciarra – Francesca Montanari | faces, complexions and makeup: Andrea Giomaro – Samantha Rose-Harker – David Bracci – Sara Catanzaro – Carlo Diamantini – Erica Buzzi – Special Makeup Studio – Creature Studios – Marisa Paisio – Marco Sciarra – Francesca Montanari | Barabbas’ face of the promotional material: Fabio Coletta | Gallery photo: Marco Mandini