“Sega la Vecchia” stems from the ancient tradition of door-to-door collection of alms, traces of which remain in what are now performances of street theatre. These take place sporadically during the forty days of Lent, performed by informal groups of townspeople.
The University of Perugia, first in collaboration with the former Institute of Ethnology, then with the former department of Man and Territory thanks to Professors Seppilli and Barontihas, has recorded and studied this historical event, called “Sega la Vecchia”, identifying the aspects that make it important as popular theatre and for its role as folkloric expression embodying the local culture.
The Comune of Paciano recently received a collection of artefacts related to “Sega la Vecchia” donated by the Pietro Nofrini family and has set up a multimedia centre in Piazza della Repubblica, next to the theatre, where it can be visited. In the digital archive of the TrasiMemo Bank of Memories it is possible to view the documents and the research.
Development of a project to preserve the traditions of “Sega la Vecchia” is now underway, in a collaborative effort between the University of Perugia, TrasiMemo and local associations.