Year One
At the Teatro Quirino in Rome, on 17 March 1981, Pistoletto staged the theater piece Year One, interpreted by the inhabitants of Corniglia. The actors, like motionless caryatids on the stage, carried architectural structures on their heads, while they narrated, in the manner of a talking picture or a living sculpture, the progress of history from Cain and Abel to Romulus and Remus, from Egyptian to Roman civilization to the astronauts’ first flight to the moon. The piece was revised and performed again on several occasions. In 1991 at Castello di Rivoli (From Year One to Today. A Work in Four Stanzas). In 1994 at the Marstall Theater in Munich (Year One – White Year) as part of the event Tempo, Tag, Theater. On this occasion it was enriched with new actors (the children of the early participants) and a vocal composition by Cristina Pistoletto based on newspaper articles about some crucial events of 1989 in Berlin, Peching, Timisoara.
In 2009 at the Teatro Regio in Turin (Year One – Third Paradise) it was played together by people of Corniglia and Cittadellarte. On this occasion it was enriched by a new musical piece inspired by the Third Paradise: Mama, composed by Gianna Nannini and executed chorally by all the actors and by Elettra, daughter of Cristina Pistoletto, as solo voice.
In 2013 it was again staged at the Auditorium of the Louvre, on the occasion of Pistoletto's personal exhibition "Michelangelo Pistoletto - Année 1, le Paradis sur Terre" at the Louvre.


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Year One, 1981
Year One, 1981
Year One, 1981
Year One, 1981
Year One, 1981
Year One, 1991
Year One, 1991
Year One, 1991
Year One - White Year, 1994
Year One - White Year, 1994
Year One - White Year, 1994
Year One - Third Paradise, 2009
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