Teatro Andromeda (in Santo Stefano Quisquina, in the province of Agrigento) is an amazing theater built at one thousand meters of altitude. Its circular space faces the Strait of Sicily, the corridor of sea where according to legend the Pillars of Hercules marked the end of the known world. On the horizon is the splendid Pantelleria.
The theater was built in the 1980s by Lorenzo Reina, a cultured Sicilian architect and sculptor.
Imagine a man taking his herd grazing. In his haversack, squeezed next to bread and cheese, he has books on art, history, philosophy, science, astronomy and literature. Having had the fortune of meeting people who recognized his talent, he was able to pursue his strong artistic vocation while not losing his family’s agri-pastoral roots.
Hence the concept for this theater was born, inspired by the Andromeda constellation: in front of the proscenium, 108 stone seats are scattered, like cubes defining in a projection the stars in the Great Nebula that our galaxy, the Milky Way, is inexorably nearing – traveling at a speed of 500,000 kilometers per second, across two and a half million light years.
We should expect impact in no less than four billion years. Until then, let’s enjoy the theater and its stars.