PALIO DELLE QUADRE XXXXI EDITION - City of Chiari
"WHAT YOU DO DE BEL A CIARE? I SUNA LE BELLS "
As always, or at least very often, a popular saying hides something particularly significant for people who keep it alive and pass it on.
And this certainly also applies to “Che fare chi de bel a Ciare? I suna le campane ”which became the title of the final show of the annual Palio delle Quadre.
One might ask where the particularity of the statement resides, given that, notoriously the bells are placed on the bell towers of all the cities and spread their tolling at various times of the day.
Well, in Chiari, that saying brings with it much more, starting from the fact that it refers to the really involving story of the bell tower strongly desired by an entire community, starting from its secular expressions.
In the 1752 the Municipality decided, in fact, the construction and, at the same time, started a great movement of popular adhesion to collect the necessary funds that saw the involvement of individual persons, of every social class, alongside "entrepreneurs" of the epoch, to the same Clergy and to the Quadre whose colors still serve as background to the quadrants of the clock placed on the four facades.
All this will take the form of a precious fresco at the opening of the show, next to the call to two other peculiar moments of the tower ranging from the mystery of the so-called "Urecià de mar" to the use of the same tower to spread quickly to the four winds news urgent for the entire population.
But the history of the bell tower, beyond the economic hardships for the operation to come to fruition, leads straight to that "castle" there, at the top, where a "concert" of eleven bells of extraordinary richness was hoisted over the years sound that will allow Chiari to be recognized as one of the most important cities in the entire Lombardy region in terms of bell equipment.
From here, and the pace is short, a history of popular bell ringers has descended, who inhabited the tower for over two centuries, reaching the climax with the figure of Francesco Boschetti (known as Cèco Turesà) who remained active until more than half of the '900.
And it is precisely the extraordinary and fascinating figure of this artist, with his superb compositional and performance skills, that this year's performance refers to, making the popular saying resonate from which this presentation also started.
The character, in some respects, mythical of Cèco will live again through the representation of moments that have characterized its permanence, even physical and for many years, in that "cell" placed at the end of 240 steps, from which it marked the time of everyday life and of rituality through real concerts able to recognize, accompany and corroborate the central passages of the life of a territory and its people, from the most joyful moments, to the most strictly liturgical ones, from natural and / or environmental emergencies to tragic events up to on the solemnity of great civil and religious occasions.
Ringing the bells was a real art that Cèco Turesà cultivated with exceptional skill placing himself, in fact, as a "hinge" between the earth, his land, and the sky from which, he often said, even the Angels could look smiling.
And on this image the show will come to an end with a special dedication that the Angels will propose from above, while on the square, an entire grateful community will make him live in a choreography of homage to that bell tower from which everything could take the start.