Conversazioni con Chomsky
Music and audiovisual composition Emanuele Casale
Directed by Fabio Cherstich
Scientific advisor Simone Gozzano
Video Igor Renzetti
Texts by Emanuele Casale e Simone Gozzano
Diana Torto, voice
Students from L’Aquila University
PMCE Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble
Tonino Battista, director
Commission: Fondazione I Teatri di Reggio Emilia
Production: Fondazione Musica per Roma
Chomsky ranks with Marx, Shakespeare and the Bible, as one of the 10 most quoted sources of the humanities.
“Representatives of the governments of the world, good morning to all of you. First of all, I would like to invite you, very respectfully, to those who have not read this book, to read it. Noam Chomsky, one of the most prestigious American and world intellectuals,”
(Hugo Chavez talk at United Nations)
Conversations with Chomsky is a musical opera with characters “interpreting” themselves, without acting a part, on a virtual stage, a video. Various figures alternate and overlap in an atmosphere perched between reality and recollection: a linguist/activist, Noam Chomsky, world famous researcher and M.I.T. lecturer, historical names like Margaret Thatcher, Milton Friedman, Ronald Reagan, Salvador Allende and university students. Far from a work of political propaganda, Conversations with Chomsky attempts to merge themes from activism into an audio-visual framework inspired by melodrama. The central theme is the current juxtaposition between the two impulses of individuals and society: collectivism and mutual aid on one side, competition and individualism on the other.