Dust: a reading by Silent Crash in memory of the victims of the 2016 earthquake in Italy


The fury of nature, the moment of a tragedy, an evanescent life like dust, the memory of those who remain, a brain short circuit, and then a new beginning.

The female collective of actresses, authors and performers Silent Crash was born from an idea by Yulya Galicheva, Sarah Mataloni and Leila Tavi. Leila and Sarah will perform a pubblic reading next Tuesday, December the 18th, 2018, 9.30 p.m., at Nuovo Cinema L’Aquila, Rome, hosted by RiscArti Festival.

The two Roman performers will read The Earthquake in Chile (Das Erdbeben in Chili), which is considered the first short story by Heinrich von Kleist, first published in 1807.

The story tells about an unfortunate love story set in Santiago de Chile, whose cruel destiny suddenly changes because of the terrible earthquake, that devastated the city in 1647.

The Earthquake in Chile best represents the nihilistic paradox of the German author, for whom only the fall of man into emptiness makes it possible to find the key to the “lost paradise”. And the key is our relationship with nature, only by finding the right balance between environment and progress will we be able to find our lost paradise.

The Silent Crash dedicate their reading to the victims of the 2016 earthquake in Central Italy.

Photo Credits: pixel2013/Pixabay with CC0 Creative Commons.



by Leila Tavi


Smell of dumped earth around

Red and yellow leafs bucking adrift

Cracks sweeping in my body


A black iron snake twists his way into my dreams

Rubble grains falling from my eyes

Desert houses dancing in the dark


There is a hole in my heart

An inescapable shadow is starring at my everyday

And my past lays bare


I surface from the rising hill

Dust of remains stuck on my wounded skin

Then, a desert of broken pieces upon my hissing head.


Leila Tavi

Leila Tavi is a journalist specialized in Russian Politics and Culture and PhD c. in Russian History at the University of Vienna under the supervision of Prof. Andreas Kappeler. She studied Political Science in Vienna and Rome, graduating in History of Eastern Europe at Roma Tre University, with Prof. Francesco Guida and a thesis on travel reports about Saint Petersburg by West Europeans at the beginning of the XIX Century. Previously she obtained a degree in Foreign Languages, with a specialization in German Philology at the University of Rome «La Sapienza». Her new book "East of the Danube" is coming soon.