The Passione di Sordevolo has very often aroused interest and approval in the world of culture and art. Besides the already mentioned scholars,
Renato Simone, one of the most important theatre critics in Italy, wrote on ‘Corriere della Sera’ dated April 17th, 1932:
“the general and the single perfection, intensity and religiousness reached by the performers bring this sacred drama to its origin; and, together with the powerful delicacy of expression, the play seems to be fruit of a great spiritual, intellectual and technical experience”.
Then, still impressed by the scene of the death of Christ, he noted “we are touched and dazzled by the growing up of groups, one after the other, on the top of Calvary; we feel a burning and respectful inspiration that passes over the intentional effects. The three crosses are over the human representation and the martyr on the one in the middle seems really bleeding to death. The blue sky shining on such anger and grief is the same, wide and bright, Christ is ascending into.”
Italo Alighiero Chiusano commented on the Passion writing in the year 1980 on the ‘Dramma’:
“Arrived here with a bit of scepticism to watch a popular play, we’ve been won as a child by the fine and natural mass movements, by the accuracy and polychrome of costumes, by the dignity of stern scenes; and we are no longer paying member of an audience, nor folklore experts, nor theatre fans. We are naked beings, alone with pour trouble, our eyes turned to the repetition of a fact that seems to be the sole acceptable answer to our existential questions.
A whole village has lived a great experience, with dignity and without any wild paroxysm, in the shy way the Biellese people can do.
We go back home with our doubts and our sadness, but something remains and the long appointment with the next time becomes an engagement to verify, with a confirmation, this strange thing that has been put inside us.”
The sacred plays belong so close to the community life that the net proceeding always go to a charitable institution.
This tradition has been respected by all Committees and it proves how the play is an event that goes beyond the theatre moment to become an economic and social commitment felt by all the village.
The following with solidarity, enthusiasm and devotion this tradition is a duty of the people of Sordevolo, aware of their being able to emerge in the cultural field of the sacred performances in Italy and abroad.
Every effort made has no direct value in the everyday life but in the near future; it’s a continuation of a work born several century ago and it’ll be an example for the next generations.
The community of Sordevolo, with renewed spirit of cooperation, has already begun the preparation of the Passione 2020: a work of people that will again bring to life, with gestures and words, an historical event that shook mankind and nowadays still lives in Sordevolo and one more time the words written by a local journalist, Giovanni Orso, “as primroses under snow”, will come true.