the first European festival on creativity

2012 Programme

Event #16

Gianfranco Capitta, Luca Ronconi

Theater of knowledge

Luca Ronconi is the “Grand Master” of Italian theater. After spending ten years as an actor and another fifty as director, he left a mark on Italian theater (and not only Italian) that he has reinvented and relaunched. His genius has pushed him toward uncharted territory— unknown or little-known works of the past as well as great classics of Western drama. Ronconi knows how to bring literary texts to life onstage with unsuspected dramatic power by using all the tools theater has to offer: actors, space, text. In this dialogue with Gianfranco Capitta, Luca Ronconi tells about artistic background and his creative experience.


Gianfranco Capitta

is a visual arts critic and writes for il manifesto daily. He has written essays about his favorite stage personalities, in particular Harold Pinter. He is keen on making theater known through the radio and tv. He has written the four parts of the tv
series Atto unico on the newer generation of Italian playwrights. He has also designed a number of festivals, such as the Orestiadi, staged in Gibellina, Sicily, from 1999 to 2004, and was responsible for the project of the National Drama Festival of Naples (2007). His books include Interpretazione e creatività, written with stage and screen actor Toni Servillo and published by Laterza in 2008 in their ‘Festival della Mente’ series.

Luca Ronconi

is currently art director of Milan’s Piccolo Teatro, after directing the city theaters of Turin and Rome. Unanimously viewed as Italy’s leading stage director he has staged a number of memorable productions in Italy and in Europe. His Orlando furioso of 1969 made him famous all over the world, and since then he has investigated in depth all sorts of texts, from Greek tragedies to contemporary drama. His book on Teatro della conoscenza, written with G. Capitta, is about to be published by Laterza in the series “i Libri del Festival della Mente”.

All theevents2012


Event #1

Gustavo Zagrebelsky

The right to culture, the responsibility of knowledge

Event #2

Marco Santagata

Dante: an egocentric or a prophet? Creativity and writing as a mission

Event #3

Anna Salvo

Sorrow is like a telescope that helps us look into the distance: creatività and suffering

Event #4

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am Like the starry sky: visions of language across the centuries

Event #5

Giulia Lazzarini

WALL – before and after Basaglia

Event #6

Alfredo Lacosegliaz, Paolo Rumiz

I Narrabondi. A reading in music

Event #7

Alessandro Barbero

How did women think in the Middle Ages? St. Catherine of Siena

Event #8

Luca Scarlini

Dancing thought: the body as a thinking mechanism

Event #9

Duccio Demetrio

The tenth Muse: Writing and its myths

Event #10

Giuseppe Civitarese

Get out your colors! Dreaming as the mind’s poetic function

Event #12

Franco Cordero

The phobia of thinking

Event #13


The artist as sacred parasite

Event #14

Marino Niola

Between organic and divine. Food as knowledge, resistance and penance

Event #15

Giacomo Marramao

Power, creativity, change

Event #17

Ascanio Celestini

How stories are born

Event #18

Erri De Luca

Words as tools

Event #19

Ruggero Pierantoni

It’s all a matter of size

Event #20

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am The hidden waft: the secrets of language

Event #21

Marc Augé

The primacy of knowledge

Event #22

Enzo Moscato

Toledo Suite. Concerto spettacolo

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

How did women think in the Middle Ages? Christine de Pizan

Event #24

Gianfranco Capitta, Rafael Spregelburd

Seven sins that make life possible

Event #25

Gustavo Pietropolli Charmet

Teenagers in school: studying the past, ignoring the future

Event #28

Mauro Agnoletti, Ilaria Borletti Buitoni

Culture, environment, landscape. For a possible, sustainable future

Event #30

Sergio Givone

Invention and discovery. About creation

Event #31

Jacopo Perfetti

La Street Art e il caso Banksy

Event #32

Haim Baharier

Qabbala and an economy of justice

Event #33

Mario Brunello

CELLO AND… hidden voices, revealed voices. A concert

Event #34

Telmo Pievani

When the human mind was born. How we became Homo sapiens

Event #35

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am The word and the flesh: the neurobiology of language

Event #36

Marco Paolini

Of men and dogs. Dedicated to Jack London (music by Lorenzo Monguzzi)

Evento n.11

Paolo Pejrone

For a modern garden—in form and substance

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