the first European festival on creativity

2013 Program

EVENT #28

Lella Costa

What we talk about when we talk about irony

 

“Irony is a declaration of dignity. It is the assertion of the human being’s superiority to what happens to him”. On the basis of this quote from Romain Gary, actress Lella Costa explains how irony is an incessant attempt at achieving freedom of thinking, intellectual honesty, and the antidote to all forms of absolutism and fundamentalism. Irony is a way of interpreting the world, consisting in the ability to change one’s perspective and point of view. It is being stoic in an unassuming way, being inconspicuously intelligent. It is nurturing doubt and being wary of all asserted truths. Irony is a daily exercise of survival and it is indispensable to live one’s life. It is an absolute, non negotiable “identity declaration”, and for this reason it is needed today more than ever.

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Lella Costa

has worked in theatre, cinema, radio and television. She made her debut in 1987 with Adlib, which was followed by Un’altra storia (1998), Precise Parole (2000) and Traviata (2002) directed by Gabriele Vacis; Femminile e singolare. Vedi alla voce poetessa (2010); Alice, una meraviglia di Paese (2005), Amleto (2007), Ragazze, nelle lande scoperchiate del fuori (2009), Arie (2011) e Casomai senza un saluto (2013) directed by Giorgio Gallione. The texts of her theatre plays are included in La daga nel loden (1992), Che faccia fare (1998), In tournée (2002) and Amleto, Alice e la Traviata (2008), published by Feltrinelli. She works for tv, cinema and radio, and has authored La sindrome di Gertrude. Quasi un’autobiografia (with A. Càsoli, Rizzoli, 2009); Come una specie di sorriso (Piemme, 2012). 

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EVENT #12

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Massimo Montanari

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Chandra Livia Candiani

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EVENT #15

Emanuele Trevi

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EVENT #17

Bernard-Henri Lévy

Between art, philosophy and science: the adventures of truth

EVENT #18

Stefano Bartezzaghi, Massimo Recalcati

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EVENT #19

Gabriella Caramore

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EVENT #21

Ilvo Diamanti

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EVENT #23

Alessandro Barbero

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EVENT #24

Luca Barcellona

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EVENT #26

Silvio Garattini

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EVENT #28

Lella Costa

What we talk about when we talk about irony

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Tim Parks

In conversation with literary creativity

EVENT #31

Laura Boella

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EVENT #32

Francesca Alfano Miglietti, Antonio Marras

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EVENT #35

Edoardo Boncinelli

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EVENT #36

Virgilio Sieni

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EVENT #37

Alessandro Bergonzoni

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EVENT #38

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