Mysterious forces manifested

Chiara Lagani (Fanny&Alexander)

For sure, I don’t feel at home with manifestoes

Perhaps because it’s not easy for me to agree to, or to compose slogans

In any case I feel this time is already very declarative, communicative

The only kind of manifesto that I have practised regularly is the one of “affiches de tour”

Or billboards, political posters, posters of my shows, made for advertising, like on TV

Here I will only try to decipher this word, in its possible meanings, to treat it like an enigma

Obvious, open, clear, blatant, striking, tangible, plain. It’s only the first combination of possible meanings.

If we think of the root <manifestum> touched by hand, caught red-handed, suddenly the whole set changes

At least it’s good to think of the sense of awe and wonder that catches those who write and read manifestoes

No doubt for someone composing manifestoes today may have become a habit or a cause of ordinary stress

And I admit that inventing this page is not really simple for me, I would like to have a little more sense of humour

Let’s get back to our word. “Il manifesto” is a newspaper, the first I remember and as a child I remember my mother reading it

This may be the reason why the idea is familiar and attractive for me, despite my limited vocation as an agit prop

I am a good deal more fascinated by the opposite: what remains secret, waiting to be discovered, the enigma, what is not present, hidden, occult

So much so that even now I feel like writing smaller and smaller, you can see, as though I too were trying to make myself Unknown after all

I imagine it’s an inborn attitude, or a taste, a vision of the world, that also, in a sense manifest in its intention

Yes, said the poet, <don’t ask us for the word that from all sides boxes in our irregular soul and declares it> rather than a text it’s a test

Everybody who loves manifestoes must know that before saying who we are we’ll state who we are not and what we don’t want

An inevitable fact remains, the invisible encloses manifestoes: spaces between words, blanks of design; to deny this would be to give power to one’s opponents

Even amateurs, beginners to manifestoes, recognise this. Experts, if not idealists, at least advertisers, make it their golden rule.

We stand at the limits, we leave trace of possible meanings only at the extreme borders. You might find it naive.

In every letter, tiny silence and in the magic of back to front palindrome words I have here attempted to write, I believe arcane forces appear.

Chiara Lagani, actress, dramatist and playwright of the shows of the group Fanny and Alexander, based in Ravenna and active throughout Italy and Europe. The group, founded by herself and Luigi de Angelis in 1992, currently manages the former sulphur warehouses called “Almagià”, now converted into a theatre, cultural centre and space dedicated to different musical and performative activities. Together with Luigi De Angelis, Chiara Lagani is the creator and artistic director of all the group’s projects. In 2017 she received the Riccione Special Award for Innovation in Drama and the year after a monography of her work was shown at the Riccione TTV Festival. During the same year, 2017, together with Elio Germano she wrote the show “La mia battaglia” which debuted in the 2017/2018 season and was published in 2021 in the Super ET Opera Viva of Einaudi collection. She edited and translated for Einaudi’s series I Millenni the volume with the 14 books of Oz by Frank L. Baum (2017), illustrated by Mara Cerri, and still for Einaudi, her translation of Lewis Carroll’s third novel, Sylvie and Bruno. Cf.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Quarterly articles

In harmony Editorial

A Manifesto is the power behind the desire to change A Manifesto is written to affirm people’s rights, an idea, a vision of the world: to show a perspective we are aiming for a manifesto is for something and against something a manifesto is an agit prop a manifesto is...

For a learning community in Quarticciolo

“To get free, escaping is not enoughwe have to build togethera world with no masters,either good or bad.A happy and honest worldwhere nobody is bossed.If this world does not existyou and I will create it!”. Gianni Rodari   We intend to carry out an educational...

Art is not an innocent field

Art is not an innocent field. Are you working at the moment? Are you fighting?Do you manage to do both actions, or does one exclude the other?What fascinates you? What gives you relief?Do reasonable working relations exist inside the variegated world of...

The two images

Double is a present concept, to be understood as a doubling of reality.It is not a thought of multiplying, instead, not being exponential, it remains a more intimate movement.The two faces understood not as one the substitute of the other, but as a plurality of...

Mysterious forces manifested

For sure, I don’t feel at home with manifestoes Perhaps because it’s not easy for me to agree to, or to compose slogans In any case I feel this time is already very declarative, communicative The only kind of manifesto that I have practised regularly is the one of...

‘this side’ and ‘that side’: A manifesto

“There is a wall,” we said, “and therefore there is a ‘this side’ and a ‘that side’.” [The use of the word ‘side’ relates to an untranslatable pun: the name of the association is Al Di Qua, which is an abbreviation of Alternative Disability Qualities. However, in...

slower, deeper, kinder
A donkeyish manifesto for interculture

IntercultureIt’s a kind of swearword, born to create a hole and then build a bridge of fragile sticks over it.It’s a word each one of us interprets in the way he likes, wearing a sari over sneakers, eating out at a Chinese restaurant, listening to African music.It’is...

Gender Variant

Leaving aside the kaleidescopic meaning of identity, in the present manifesto we will try to concentrate on the identity of gender, searching for its significance and meaning including all its reflections on culture and on the individual. The transexual or transgender...

For A New Musical Education

The deepest joy of playing music is not the clapping, the money, the glory (or, not only) but learning to breathe with others, feel the silence that comes before and after every musical event, listen together with others. Once more we learn that without our body,...