April 10, 2010

I was trying to work on enhancing my blog for revenue purposes, contemplating on uploading more impersonal videos, when I stumbled on the video clip of the bravest and most admired Italian Journalist Marco Travaglio, here on his recent political theatre performance. He's not really a comedian nor an actor nor a performer, he's a journalist or opinionist with extraodinary guts and exquisite articulation skills which made him worthy of the "Freedom Of The Press" award given by the German Press.I say, with exteaordinary guts because he dares to reveal facts (supported by documents and evidences) that expose the corruption and evil of the more powerful, rich and influential government figures including the Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Marco Travaglio must be the only Journalist in Italy who is able to do a one-man act in a theatre normally dominated by performing artists, and go as far as capturing a substantial audience for a number of nights. He is also part of a political talkshow where he is able to continue with his mission, despite all the opposition and pressures from the government against him and the show. What's interesting to note about him is that he's soft-spoken and so simple in his ways. GOD BE with him always.

English transcription of the video
Reporter: Hello crossing TV we are in the Theater of Celebration of Bologne to watch the show Memorandum 15 years of the history of Italy and reality limits, performed by the noted journalist Marco Travaglio

Voice of Lady Narrator: The show goes back to the vision of Italy from “Bribery Issue” til today. A story which is sadly true, subjected to trial, put into action but forgotten. Through a brilliant and detailed narration, Travaglio is able to hold the public for more than three hours, owing to the 'mix' of media commitment and bitter sarcasm.

MT: The first republic died by drowning in bribe, The second goes out with the blood of tragedy, but nobody remembers anything anymore.History is a teacher but nobody ever learns anything.

Reporter: In stamp paper, and now.. first, TV, and now theatre. How is the theatre experience and what have you learned from the art scenes?

MT: Well, with the art scenes as you have seen, there was little,in the sense that I am seated and narrate my stuff, so it was simply to carry out the narration of the events of these years on which I wrote so much , perhaps in a more relaxed way. On TV you have to say three sentences hoping that they won't jump on you nor speak louder than you. In newspapers, you always have the problem with space. With books, maybe, you have to constrain one to read while, instead, here, one sits on the chair and after three hours, maybe he knows more than he used to know before. You have the possibility to narrate in more relaxed terms without interruption, without anxieties, that which happened in these 15 years. It's a sort of the game of connecting the dots to make all the figures come out.If you see all the stuff together, see all the photograms together, a good film comes out and maybe it helps you to understand the link between the photogram A and photogram D. While, instead, if you see all spread out, you are not able to understand the overall design. . . ..
Show segment: In a confetti of banknotes- wet and stinking, the first republic symbolically goes out.

Reporter: You fill the theatre for a good while, now.Did you expect this success or, is it the funniest thing or the most important thing that you have learned from the stage?

MT: But, I, at first I couldn't believe when the Corvino brothers of the Promo Music proposed to do this,we can call-”show” of civil commitment I resisted for one month I said “No” and then at the end, after getting weary I said yes. I put down this text which now has changed much even because in the meantime, in the last two years everything happened. Then when.. ..when we have done the first open rehearsal here in the Roviera court, some 1000 people came, to boast. So, there I realized that, maybe it was me who undermined the problem, in the same way that there is such hunger for facts and news and connections, opportunities to understand, there are even people willing to pay for the ticket to come and have the balls hammered for more than three hours.And so, naturally, then you try not to be too hard and therefore, to insert ( or mix) serious and even dramatic stuff, with things that stir laughter even,if unfortunately they're all true.Because the people laugh when they hear the repetition of the things that Berlusconi said,but maybe many of those who laugh have voted for him and gave him a little gift . . …
Show segment: Del Penino after three negotiations has become Parliament arian and currently is the senator for the People Of Liberty provisory Party.

Reporter: Who would you like to meet and why?

MT: To meet-I would like so much, to meet some of the people who know what happened in the tragedy of '92 -'93, to finally have a word of truth because many people died bearing the 17 years of missing names and surnames.

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