Chance and necessity

The Einstein - Born letters in words and music

Speakers: Tommaso Lonardi, Emanuele Pianta, Adelaide Casamassima
Francesca Aste (piano), Massimo Biasioni (electronic composition), Marianna Bisacchi (harpsichord)

By: Giuseppe Calliari and Luisa Canal
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The show gives voice to the correspondence between Albert Einstein and Max Born that spanned the years from 1916 to 1955. Real-life friends, the two Nobel laureates don't see eye to eye on a number of issues, and hence scientific and ethical dilemmas are closely interwoven. Witnesses and lead actors in the crisis of Newtonian mechanics - the collapse that is of a rational and harmonious cosmos governed by a unified field theory - they embody the antithesis between causality and casuality. Chance and the theory of probability (because chance also follows rules) burst onto the scientific scene, announcing the end of certainty and related myths. It is chance at micro level, individual indeterminacy, that prepares the way for probability: prime movers are no longer necessary.

Readings from the correspondence will be interspersed with music chosen for the occasion: from the austere geometry of Bach to freer and more fanciful figures of Froberger, down to the twentieth century Webern and the chance processes applied by Xenakis. A propos of which, two versions of John Cage's "Imaginary landscape n.5" will be performed (in Massimo Biasioni's reconstruction) as well as Cage's "Music for Marcel Duchamp" for prepared piano. The finale will offer a chance to hear an extempore minuet composed by throwing a dice following rules dictated by Mozart.

Giuseppe Calliari
Musician and freelance journalist, he has written shows that bring together words and music.

Professor of Statistics at the Faculty of Cognitive Science at the University of Trento, she has made a special study of statistical methodology, e-learning and the study of interconnections between probability, perception and decision-making theory. 

Francesca Aste
Pianist and expert on musical aesthetics, she studied with Pier Narciso Masi, Bruno Canino and Michele Campanella. She is both a soloist and member of chamber consorts, with particular emphasis on contemporary music. Since 2000 she has composed music for audiovisual presentations and to accompany silent movies, both in Italy and abroad.

Massimo Biasioni
Has composed orchestral and chamber music, both for traditional and electronic instruments, music for theatre and video, collaborating with, among others, writers like Giuseppe Calliari, Giulio Mozzi and Maurizio Maggiani. His pieces have been performed in major events at home and abroad winning international competitions.

Marianna Bisacchi
Pianist and harpsichordist, she plays chiefly chamber music. She did higher studies with Kostantin Bogino and Dario De Rosa and, in the early music field, with Andrea Marcon, Gordon Murray and Claudio Astronio. She has played for leading concert societies and accompanied in courses at the Bolzano Early Music Academy. She was appointed to the chair of chamber music at the Conservatorio of Verona.

Tommaso Lonardi
Lives and works mainly in Trentino. He has been involved in the theatre since 1980, working with national theatre companies, public institutions and bodies, recording studios and audiovisual workshops.
Emanuele Pianta

Trained as an actor at the Ziggurat Theatre Centre in Trento under the guidance of  Raffaele Macrì.  He teaches introductory courses in drama reading and collaborates with  Rai broadcasting and the Audiovisual Centre of the province of Trento.

Began her theatre career in 1991 in the ambit of the Ateneo Theatre, Rome. She has taken part over the years in numerous productions with the Quintet Theatre Company, Rome, The Pergine Theatre Company for Pergine Spettacolo Aperto and Trento's COFAS.