Photo: Tomas Mutsaers
Photo: Tomas Mutsaers
Performance
Befana
Thursday 5 January, 8-10 pm
On 5 January, La Befana visits Showroom MAMA, giving gifts to visitors. Before La Befana shares her gifts, Giulia Tofana will endow us with her illustrious concoctions, with which, according to tradition, she killed six hundred men.
MAMA invites you to celebrate Befana with us. La Befana is a character from Italian folklore. On 5 January (Epiphany), she gives gifts to children in Italy, like Sinterklaas or Santa Claus, with good children receiving sweets and bad children getting coal. Before she leaves, Befana sweeps the floor, but she doesn’t want to be seen. Anyone who does see her is hit with her broomstick.

Here she comes, here comes La Befana
She comes from the mountains in the middle of the night
Snow and frost surrounding her
Snow and frost and the westerly wind
Here she comes, here comes La Befana!

Beware! Before La Befana shares her gifts, Giulia Tofana will endow us with her illustrious concoctions, with which, according to tradition, she killed six hundred men. In a re-enactment, actors show how, five hundred years ago, Giulia the famous poisoner brewed her infamous and eponymous Aqua Tofana. Giulia sympathised with women in bad marriages, ensuring they could gain freer status as a widow by providing them with poison to murder their husbands.

The re-enactment starts at 20:30, RSVP via events@showroommama.nl to ensure a gift from La Befana.
 
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