For Alfina, the limits do not exist...
This incredible performance has a beautiful backstory, that I had to translate google my way through (as a non Italian speaker). (I put the link of the interview below is you want to look it up yourself).
What I got is that this is an event where able bodied artist and disabled artists work together towards a performance. And that this woman, Alfina Fresta, now 29 year, has been engaged in singing from the age of 10.
Here’s a piece of the interview:
“”When I sing I always get excited and smile” says Alfina, who has been with the Nèon association since she was just over 10 years old and with her tenacity convinced her parents to take her a professional singing course in Misterbianco. Alfina does not walk and is almost totally blind but this has never been a limit for her. She who persists in singing the most difficult arias, those reserved for men, she who does not give up and warms her voice at home when there are only mom and dad to applaud.
“We both cried,” says mother Antonella, “my daughter has immense strength.” When you look at her she looks fragile, no one believes that the whole voice can come out of a body of just 40 kilos.”….
“In the church of Santa Agata, Alfina, dressed in white, let herself be overflown by the music, exciting the audience. Many sacrifices have been made by this young woman who is all smiles and enjoys answering the questions during this interview. “I had to give up ice cream and granitas before singing and it’s very hot – she says – and to train the diaphragm my mom filled a 6 kg bag of sea sand, I lay down on the bed and held it on my chest for fifteen minutes , I did more exercises a day “.
For Alfina, the limits do not exist. “I’ve always dreamed big,” says the angelic girl who sees music as a powerful antidote to disability. Because it’s true when we say that disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way of living”
Original article: http://palermo.repubblica.it/…/catania_per_cantare_lascia…/…
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