There are several public places in Finale, people like to go to. Some of them are for leisuretime activities (e.g. the giardini) and others are next to important public buildings, like the Old Townhall, the Clocktower, the Castello, the Teatre or a good restaurant.
For our intervention we chose the place in front of the theatre which is also next to the Castello and therefore a very important and lifely place with a variety of shops and restaurants nearby that activate the area.
Changes of Public Buildings
After the earthquake there were some quite remarkable changes in public domain, mainly because of damaged civic buildings, that are not functioning anymore and can not be used.
The Nolli-Map showes the differences before and after: the Castello, the Theatre and the Church can not be entered anymore and also some parts of streets are blocked now. To replace the Theatre, the people of Finale built some tents in front of the damaged one.
Our Intervention – A Temporary Theatre for Finale
Appearently the Finalese need a Theatre to keep their activities there alive.
The white tents they use at the moment are neither practical (because they are
way too small) nor nice to look at. They also have a temporary stage in the giardini
at the moment, which they use for many differen events, like concerts, plays, judo performances and so on. Our idea was to make a Semi-temporary Theatre, which can be used for different types of events: of course for theatre performances and rehearsals but also for bigger gatherings, concerts and other events.
The stage itsself rises about 1,5m above street level and has a solid roof, which protects it from rain, etc. From this roof four ropes are tightened to the wall of the old theatre, supported by several pillars. On these ropes People can pull out sails that cover the viewing area and protect the audience from sun and light rain.
The roof of sails and the facade of the old theatre and the trees create a nice, light, open atmosphere that matches the situation much better than the tents. Somehow it also reflects the attitude many people have towards the erarthquake:
It’s time for a fresh start; you can change things in your life which you probably would have never changed without the incident. By now many people see the earthquake as kind of a blessing in desguise.
One example for this, is Martina, who started her own Cafééé right next to the old theatre. it’s a mix of coffeeshop, bookstore and a place for occasional music sessions, just like a public living room.
That is also a reason, why we think, the place is perfect for our stage. Lots of people who go to Martina’s Café are probably interested in using the stage somehow and the other way around. So the real intervention behind all this, “the goal”, is to bring those active and open minded people together to create something special.