MARCO PAOLINI

AUTHOR, THEATRE DIRECTOR AND ACTOR

Marco Paolini is a stage actor, theatre director, dramaturge and author. His performances usually consist of monologues with frequent use of the Venetian dialect, irony and satire. His activity is based on a continuos research of very complex social thematics (from the Vajont Dam tragedy to impoverished uranium) that he meticulously enacts and describes in his performances.

READ THE MONOLOGUE

H2O
aqua mater nostra
who are in our bodies
and who wet the soils
and who create the bed
of the great rivers
which create continents,
gratias tibi ago.
H2O
aqua mater nostra,
we still cannot fathom
the invisible structure of the universe,
reality is not as it appears.
All things seem to be different,
distinct, but in fact
they all have something invisible in common,
let’s call it a spine, a drool, a spittle.
H2O
aqua mater nostra,
we are thin, delicate bonds, we are like spin networks.
Each one of us is part of the apeiron
imagined by the man from Miletus,
part of that perhaps slobbering whole.
The core of all things
is in the bonds that cannot be seen,
the bonds that hold together time, space,
atoms, instants,
all forms of life.
We do not know why it is so,
we know very little about how it works.
But every thinking body
understands that at least on this planet
you are in that foam in that drool in that spittle.
You are there and life, home and what surrounds us come from you.
H2O
aqua mater nostra
qui es in terra
gratias tibi ago!
And forgive us when we forget.

OTHER MONOLOGUES

Evelyn Nguleka

President,
World Farmers Organization

Tony Allan

Emeritus Professor,
King’s College London

Antonio Cianciullo

Author and
Environmental Journalist

Vandana Shiva

Author and
Environmental Activist

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