The Nativity in the Well
the original underground crib of the Pozzo della Cava with life-size animated characters
32nd NATIVITY IN THE WELL
Due to the Covid-19 emergency, the 32nd edition of the Nativity in the Well has been postponed to Christmas 2021.
Its title will be "THE SON OF THE FATHER", which in Aramaic is "Bar-abbâ"; the narrating voice will in fact be that of Barabbas, the "rival" of Jesus in the cruel ballot proposed by Pilate
From December 23, 2021 to January 9, 2022
From the 23rd December 2020 to the 6th of January 2021 a symbolic Nativity was be created in compliance with the requirements for the Covid-19 emergency
[the installation was realized within the "Museums' Net for our Territory" project with the contribution of the Umbria Region]
The fascinating setting
The idea is a simple one: to recreate the environment and the atmospheres of Palestine in the year zero with life-size animated characters. And we do this in the big Etruscan cave at the end of the underground archaeological itinerary of Pozzo della Cava, in the Medieval Quarter of Orvieto.
Every year costumes, furnishings and elements of scenery are made as closely as possible to the originals in the time of Christ, and every year it’s a new challenge, with a new layout and a new leitmotif, with a careful eye for the visitor of the Christmas Crib, who is physically inside the crib.
And then we add to our characters the movements, with hidden low-tension mechanisms. From the 2013-2014 edition, in addition to the mechanical characters, some animatroni have been inserted on the scene, whose motors are driven by special integrated microprocessors, to increase the naturalness of the movements. Furthermore, the lights and other “special effects” such as fires, burning embers, smoke or boiling milk contribute to increasing the realism of the nativity scene, alternating and renewing in every setting.