Monte Verità

Job #6786

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Job # 6786 Monte Verità

Posted Date
Mar 25, 2008 @ 14:59
Respond By
Mar 25, 2008
Word Count
4700
Budget
$500
Language
English
Gender
Male
Age Range
-
Category
Documentaries

Job Description

A narrative text, made of a series of stories. Voice tone should be neutral, narrative.

The audio will be used for a storytelling narration that will be published online and also on CD distributed in a small museum in Switzerland.

For the final recording, each story needs to be registered separately and saved in mp3 format, named after the story: 1, 1.1, 1.2, ....., 2, 2.1, .. The title of the story should NOT be registered, only the content of each story.

Please find a portion of the script below for audition purposes. Full script available in attachment.



“Monte Verità” was founded at the beginning of the 20th century by the German Ida Hofmann, her partner, the Belgian Henry Oedenkoven, and two German brothers who followed them, but soon departed as they had different points of view.
The original idea was to offer “medical treatment” for the illness caused by civilization, through a radical lifestyle closer to nature. Guests paid for a rigorous life, which meant freedom from many social constraints but, at the same time, deprivation of many modern comforts.
Monte Verità was financed by Henry’s parents, but after several attempts to make the community financially successful, in 1920 it had to close down; it was reopened again in 1926 as a luxury clinic, and today it is a conference centre which several Swiss institutions make use of.


“Monte Verità” was the name given by the founders of the community to a stately hill near Ascona, called Monescia. In 1900, the founding group, formed by Ida Hofmann, Henry Oedenkoven, the brothers Karl and Gustav Gräser, and Lotte Hattemer, daughter of a Prussian official, were looking for a beautiful natural landscape where they could start a new life. After being on a walking tour in Northern Italy and Ticino, Ida and Henry decided to stop near Ascona. In 1900 nothing was there but nature, and this was exactly what they were looking for: a beautiful spot, unspoiled by civilization, where new houses could be built.

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