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The Philosophical Theatre of Mondotre
Lewis Carroll on Trial

Directed by Vittorio Riguzzi

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Lewis Carroll is one of the storytellers to have most influenced the imagination and culture of adolescence from the Victorian age until the present. Translated into and published in 90% of the world's languages, his two books on Alice (In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass) are a bewildering condensation of wordplay, riddles, palindromes, questions and mathematical problems that have changed our concept of childhood psychology, and the way we tell children about the world of the imagination. 

In Alice's world, things, animals, characters in general, like numbers, forms and situations do not have a logical explanation, but are fragments of sequences detached from orders of complete sense, not connected to nouns or definitive meanings. Paradox is the real demon that fires Carroll's mind: it entails curiosity and fear, euphoria and anxiety, the perception of beauty and the sense of the tragic.  

But who was Lewis Carroll? A sadist tying disarmed children's feelings into knots? The authentic voice of a modernity based on the marriage of psyche and techne? An incurable child himself?  

Mathematician, erudite, excellent photographer, University lecturer, the deepest enigma of Carroll's stories resides in the man himself. It is the reply to the question as to whether he contributed to feeding childhood anxieties or whether he legitimised the secret longing for a world in which meaning is free.

Narrator and Judge: Vittorio Riguzzi
Prosecution: Matteo Mugnani
Defence: Ivo Germano

Direction: Vittorio Riguzzi
Music: Enzo Balestrazzi

The Philosophical Theatre of Mondotre

Mondotre is a cultural association based in Bologna that deals with philosophy and culture.  In 2000 it invented a new way of divulging philosophy and other learning disciplines, which it baptised "Philosophical Theatre". Over the years, and after many festival and theatre appearances, scores of imitations grew up. The TF formula consists in a debate, in the context of an imagined courtroom, between the characters of the narrator, the judge, the prosecutor and the accused, who defends his cause. The characters presenting their briefs have a wide margin for improvising their parts since, though there is a predefined outline for playing out the trial, none of the participants knows what arguments the others will use, nor how they will present them. In this way, an effect of naturalness and genuine, lively and rigorous polemic is guaranteed. For each show, live or recorded musical interludes are provided, pictures are projected on a backdrop and stage movements are choreographed.

For information:  www.mondotre.com