Pippo Delbono, photo Tiziano Ghidorsi

Pippo Delbono



Vangelo takes its origin from the suggestions of the music composed by Enzo Avitabile, from poetical suggestions, and from the memories of the Croatian actors and dancers who, with their experience and professionalism, will put on stage themselves, their stories and their lives, often deeply marked by the traumatic events of a cruel war that has reshaped the history, places and boundaries of their native land; the boundaries that during the creation of Vangelo were overtaken by huge masses of people fleeing terrible wars in search of shelter in the Old Continent.

  • Pippo Delbono Company
  • Concept, direction, video projections ― Pippo Delbono
  • Performers ― Gianluca Ballarè, Bobò, Margherita Clemente, Pippo Delbono, Ilaria Distante, Simone Goggiano, Mario Intruglio, Nelson Lariccia, Gianni Parenti, Alma Prica, Pepe Robledo, Grazia Spinella, Nina Violić, Safi Zakria, Mirta Zečević, the video projections feature refugees from the PIAM housing unit in Asti (Italy), the actors of the Pippo Delbono Company and the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb
  • Original music for orchestra and polyphonic choir ― Enzo Avitabile
  • Conductor ― Gabriele Di Iorio
  • Set ― Claude Santerre
  • Costumes ― Antonella Cannarozzi
  • Light designer and technical manager ― Fabio Sajiz
  • Light and video ― Orlando Bolognesi
  • Sound ― Matteo Ciardi
  • Chief machinist ― Gianluca Bolla
  • Machinist ― Fabrizio Orlandi/Enrico Zucchelli
  • Wardrobe ― Elena Giampaoli
  • Managers ― Silvia Cassanelli, Alessandra Vinanti
  • Tour manager ― Raffaella Ciuffreda
  • Set and costume workshops ― Croatian National Theatre of Zagreb
  • Production ― Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Croatian National Theatre of Zagreb
  • Co-production ― Théâtre Vidy Lausanne, Maison de la culture d’Amiens – Centre de Création et de Production, Théâtre de Liège
  • In collaboration with ― Cinémathèque suisse in Lausanne, Teatro Comunale Bologna
  • Special thanks ― Fabrice Aragno, Antoine Bataille, Francesca Catricalà, Teatro Nuovo di Mirandola
  • Premiere ― 12 January 2016
  • Enzo Avitabile’s sumptuous melodies and sounds put a decisive mark on the show as they flutter from the clear melodic lines of highbrow tradition to the ‘dirtier’ sounds of peasant religious songs, from the stillness of ancient rituals to the convulsive fits that run between the different shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

    Enrico Fiore | Controscena blog

  • Today, more than ever, the world is bleeding, and Pippo Delbono, true to his faith in the human being which goes beyond dogmas and laws, presents a vision of the Gospels that embraces free love and joy. The Italian artist does not shun viscerality and pathos, and wins us over. His ultracharismatic theatre has healing power.

    Marie-Pierre Genecand | Le Temps

  • A Gospel that Delbono wishes to dedicate ‘to the most revolutionary personality of our time: Pope Francis, with his testimony of compassion and mercy’.

    Michele Sciancalepore | Avvenire

  • Everything comes in fragments, yet in this collage of crazed splinters we find poetry at work. The testimony of Safi Zakria, a refugee who sits in the audience, is a moving tale of his flight for freedom, of the death of his best friend at sea, of struggle for survival. The last shall be the first. Will the kingdom of heaven really be theirs?

    Katia Ippaso | La nuova ecologia

  • We are witnesses for an hour and 40 minutes to a secular Gospel in which love reigns universally, with no distinction of sorts.

    Mario Di Calo | Cultura e Spettacolo

  • Pippo once again ‘interprets’ or rather just ‘is’ Pippo, speaking through the mike in screams and whispers, climbing down from the stage and up again, bringing the audience and the performers together into the same universe, or letting us all into his own closed-­up world, into his own part: he is, yet again, the son, the artist, the homosexual, the HIV-positive.

    Anna Bandettini | Repubblica blog

  • The Italian agitator conjures Pasolini and Saint Augustine, Led Zeppelin and a popular and religious iconography that brings us to confront personal memories and contemporary tragedies. First among these are migrations’ waves, tearing the continent apart.

    Gérald Cordonier | 24Heure


Date and hour

26 October
27 October


Running time

100 minutes




English and Polish

Other details

A free bus will take you to the show at 7pm from outside the Wrocław Opera building.