A Theatre for Everyone, in the Heart of a Power Plant

Published on Tuesday, 14 March 2017

“Enel Green Power’s Mallero hydroelectric plant now holds a theatre with over a hundred seats, a rehearsal room and other areas dedicated to workshops and cultural activities.”

Not only theatre troupes, but also artists, singers, choirs and musicians have made use of the theatre and the other areas of the plant, showing a renewed artistic development that seemed to be subsiding over time.

“The spaces of the theatre have brought in people from all the towns of the valleys nearby and further away. Some have even come from Chiavenna, a small town located in the valley of the same name about 70 kilometres from Sondrio, while others were residents of Tirano, almost 40 kilometres from the plant” said Maurizio Natali, Enel Green Power technician at the Mallero plant, one of the promoters of the initiative and a member of the Abriga Association.

Art Goes Back to Being for Everyone

The Spazio Centrale project and the new life of the Mallero plant are an example of how we develop the Creating Shared Value (CSV) model, in a continued commitment to support the growth of the communities where Enel Green Power works.

The communities of the Valmalenco and from throughout the Valtellina have found a new, accessible place to make art and share culture, in the spaces of our plant.

“The creation of the theatre at the Mallero I plant, within the broader context of refurbishment works involving the production plant, both in technological terms and for architectural renovation of the plant building, are a fundamental step in consolidating our presence in the province of Sondrio”, said Corrado Coletta, Head of UT Lazio, Abruzzo and Lombardy for Enel Green Power. “The theatre is perfectly integrated into our production process, under the auspices of the mountain community. Its opening to the public and local associations, which before now had no access to conventional, costly circuits, confirms our role as a sustainable player in the proscenium of electricity production from renewable sources”.

“The locals have rediscovered an architectural legacy to experience and value. In opening the doors of our plant, they discover that we don’t only produce electricity, but we are actually much more.”

– Maurizio Natali

The theatre was inaugurated in November 2016 with the performance of “Le donne e la guerra - Testimonianze della prima guerra mondiale” (“Women and the War – Testimonies from the First World War”, a text by a local author who also directed the play.

“Soon, we’ll be hosting an initiative by the theatre troupe Gente Assurda, which is turning 25 years old this year. Anyone can present a script, and the company will put on the most interesting”, explains Natali.

The plant and project immediately attracted attention from many people: many performances and initiatives are already planned, and requests to participate in the Spazio Central keep coming in.

The Theatre is Just the Beginning

“A few days ago, while we were rehearsing some scenes, a group of three people came in, asking to visit the theatre. Only after a few minutes later, I realised that one of them was Ferdinando Bruni, a great figure in Italian theatre, who together with a Gabriele Salvatores founded the Teatro dell’Elfo. We explained the project to him and he was very enthusiastic about it. He complimented us and inquired about the availability of the space. It was very exciting”, said Natali.

“The theatre and the performances are just the beginning. Inside the plant, there are still unused spaces and there are certainly plenty of ideas about how to use them.”

– Maurizio Natali

There are already some ideas on how to strengthen the project and the new “cultural” life of the plant. Ideas for a museum about the production of electricity, an interactive itinerary that illustrates the history of the plant and its operation are already being explored. The exhibition would be aimed especially at children, to help them discover how renewable energy is produced, in an involving and creative way.