Reading from the work by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
with Moni Ovadia and Ruggero Cara
for Thesis/Dedica Festival


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Hans Magnus Enzensberger wrote the three dialogues, which were then collected in the book Dialogues between immortals, the living and the dead, between 1981 and 1989. The characters in the book are famous fringe writers – those who see writing as a journey that passes through differing literary genres and fields of knowledge, and who were all the initiators of decisive schools of thought. The exchange of ideas acquires strength and tension thanks to the formal dialogue chosen by the author, another genre which is on the fringe with his illustrious predecessors. The reading features the dialogue On the Eclipse of History, based on a tract by Russian philosopher Alexander Herzen, in which the Russian philosopher is talking with a young man during a sea crossing. His appears to be a desolate, uncaring view of life: in reality, “the lack of faith in the infallibility of the theories and methods for the global transformation of society is merely the basis – writes scholar Roberto Fertinani – for a search that does not spread into the reign of utopia”.


Moni Ovadia
was born in Plovdiv, in Bulgaria, into a Jewish family. He studied in Milan, where he began his career as a singer and musician. In 1972 he founded the Gruppo Folk Internazionale, which later changed its name to Ensemble Havadià. Ovadia made his debut as a theatrical actor in 1984. In 1990, he created the TheaterOrchestra, which enjoyed the acclaim of public and critics alike. In 1996 he was awarded the special Ubu Prize for his experimental work in music and the theatre. In the same year, he published his book Perché no?  (Why not?), which was followed by L’ebreo che ride (1998), Speriamo che tenga (2001), Vai a te stesso (2002), Contro l’idolatria (2005), Oylem Goylem (2005), Lavoratori di tutto il mondo ridete (2007), La bella utopia (2008), Binario 21 (2010).


Ruggero Cara
cinema and theatre actor, is also a director. He graduated at the Piccolo Teatro School of Dramatic Art, and has worked with many famous actors, including Gabriele Salvatores, Giorgio Gallione, Leo de Berardinis, Giorgio Barberio Corsetti and Gabriele Vacis. He recently directed Promemoria, written by and featuring Marco Travaglio, Edmondo Berselli’s Sarà una bella società, a show/concert with Shel Shapiro, and Le fiamme e la ragione about the life of Giordano Bruno, written by and starring Corrado Augias.

Monday 22 March, 20:45

Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi

Pordenone - Viale Franco Martelli, 2