From tourist to pilgrim
As part of the “From tourist to pilgrim” welcome project, the Chapter of Santa Maria ad Martyres intends to make available to visitors a series of pastoral aids that allow them to get to know the Pantheon as a place of Christian worship . He therefore entrusted D’Uva with the task of creating the new audio guide for the visit to the Roman basilica , with the aim of bringing visitors closer to the art and spirituality of the place, through a contemporary and engaging narrative.
The audio guide is produced in11 languages(Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Dutch, Arabic, Chinese and Korean) and was created also in a special version for children, with an approach dedicated to the little ones, available in the same languages.
THE AUDIO GUIDE AND HIS VOICES
The audio guide stands out for its content from the scripted narrative, with texts co-written by Ilaria D’Uva, head of the company of the same name, and Francesca Ummarino, director of the Treasure of San Gennaro who, together with Ilaria, has developed a new way of writing texts for audio tours.
With the new audio guide, the Pantheon is told by five figures who had a particular meaning in its history:
- Hadrian, who had it built, as we see it today, between 118 and 125 AD
- Pope Boniface IV, who in 609 AD. he converted it into a church, consecrating it to the Virgin Mary and all martyrs,
- Raphael, who in 1520 wanted to be buried in this temple,
- Margherita of Savoy, resting alongside her King Umberto and
- Mons. Daniele Micheletti, Archpriest Rector, who greets the public, bringing them back to the spiritual dimension of the visit, with the aim of remembering that the Pantheon of Rome is a church: the Basilica of Santa Maria ad Martyres.
The story is entrusted to the charismatic and evocative voices of of professional actors.
THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK, THE RECORD AND THE DANCE
A place so full of spirituality and history could not leave indifferent the sensitivity of the musician and composer Antonio Fresa, known for his soundtracks made for cinema and TV, nominated for the David di Donatello and the Nastri d’Argento and has always been a passionate author of evocative music for images. Fresa let himself be guided by his musical experience, working on original compositions that resonate in the audio guide, integrating instead as a refined soundtrack.
The music for the Pantheon audio guide was performed and recorded with the Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice, considered among the most interesting on the Italian scene, enjoying success and warm acclaim everywhere. The Chorus of the Distinguished Cappella Musicale di Santa Maria ad Martyres – Pantheon of Rome also participates in the project, with a Gregorian piece and a motet inspired by it, Amalia Gré, who plays a touching Ave Maria for which she wrote the lyrics and Luca Gemma who, with his piece Turista Pellegrino, best summarizes the aims of the initiative.
To enrich the “From Tourist to Pilgrim” project there are also five videos made by Verteego directed by Luca Turco in which four dancers interpret each protagonist of the audio guide: they dance with the choreographies of Raffaele Irace to the notes of the songs associated with the Emperor Hadrian, Pope Boniface IV, to Raphael, to Margaret of Savoy and finally, to the tune of the song Serenade of the Artists, they ideally meet in the Basilica, intertwining history, architecture and contemporary artistic expression.