Liberate Rame and the Voice of the Sirens
An evening with Adriana Cavarero and Filomena Campus
Introduced by Katia Pizzi
Italian philosopher Adriana Cavarero presents her talk The Voice of the Sirens, about the pleasure of singing and the uniqueness of the voice.
Followed by Liberate Rame, a jazz theatre performance by Filomena Campus (vocals) and Steve Lodder (piano), dedicated to the late theatre artist Franca Rame.
Introduced by Mattea Fo, President of the Fondazione Fo Rame.
Filomena Campus shines a light on the life of Italian actress and theatre maker Franca Rame (1929-2013), who was also a playwright, director, producer, archivist, and political activist. Today, Rame is mostly remembered for the theatre work she created with her husband and collaborator, the Nobel Prize winning playwright and performer Dario Fo.
Campus’ performance is a tribute to a fellow woman artist and friend, who deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated in her own right. It features a letter to Fo that Rame published a few months before her death, intertwined with short extracts from Rame’s comic monologues, arrangements of popular tunes written by Fo and Rame, and new jazz compositions about Rame written by Campus and pianist Steve Lodder.
Campus explores the relationship between vocal improvisation and theatre improvisation, which was one of Rame’s many talents, being born into a family of traveling actors and comedians with roots in the Commedia dell’Arte.
This project is part of Campus’ current research on Franca Rame at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, supported by LAHP (London Arts and Humanities Partnership).
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Adriana Cavarero is an Italian philosopher and Arendtian scholar. Honorary professor at the University of Verona, she is widely renowned for her writings on feminism, political philosophy and literature. She focuses on narrative, speech, sexual difference and political discourse. Her books include In Spite of Plato: A Feminist Rewriting of Ancient Philosophy (1995 ); Relating Narratives: Storytelling And Selfhood ( 2000); Stately Bodies: Literature, Philosophy And The Question of Gender ( 2002 ); For More Than One Voice: Toward a Philosophy Of Vocal Expression ( 2005) ; Horrorism: Naming Contemporary Violence ( 2009); Inclinations: A Critique of Rectitude ( 2016); Surging Democracy. Notes on Hannah Arendt’s Political Thought (2021).
Filomena Campus is an internationally renowned jazz vocalist/theatre practitioner/academic, who has performed at many jazz festivals around the world and toured or collaborated with top jazz artists, including Orphy Robinson, Rowland Sutherland, Cleveland Watkiss, Huw Warren, Laura Cole, Byron Wallen, Jean Toussaint, Tori Handsley, Ruth Goller, Kenny Wheeler, Evan Parker, and the London Improvisers Orchestra, as well as with fellow Sardinian musicians Paolo Fresu, Gavino Murgia and Antonello Salis. In 2010 she founded the Filomena Campus Quartet, which has since performed at London jazz venues PizzaExpress Jazz Club, Ronnie Scott’s, Jazz Live at the Crypt and the Vortex, and released their CD Jester of Jazz. The Quartet has two more projects, Theatralia, and Italy VS England with Italian writer Stefano Benni. In 2014 Campus recorded the album Scaramouche with guitarist Giorgio Serci, featuring the late Kenny Wheeler. 2013 saw Filomena launch her annual My Jazz Islands Festival, later renamed Theatralia Jazz Festival, featuring Italian and UK jazz musicians. Her acclaimed production of Monk Misterioso. A Journey into the Silence of Thelonious Monk, supported by the Arts Council England, has toured the UK and was sold out at the EFG London Jazz Festival in 2017. Filomena toured Italy in 2019 with writer Simonetta Agnello Hornby with a music and spoken word performance called Credevo Che, about domestic violence. In 2020 she started a PhD at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama about international theatre artist Franca Rame.
Steve Lodder is a highly regarded pianist, keyboardist, composer, and organist. Originally a Cambridge organ scholar, Steve has played church organ on albums with Mark Ramsden and Asaf Sirkis and has written several books – one on Stevie Wonder, the other on the Hammond organ and The Keyboard Bible. Sideman for many international and London musicians including Andy Sheppard, Naná Vasconcelos, George Russell’s “Living Time” orchestra, Sarah Jane Morris, John Harle, Carla Bley and Mônica Vasconcelos. He has been musical associate with Paul McCartney on the Standing Stone and Ecce Cor Meum projects and is also the musical arranger for the John Etheridge’s Zappatistas.
The Fondazione “Dario Fo e Franca Rame” was created in 2019 in order to keep alive the memory of Dario Fo and Franca Rame’s life and work and to disseminate among present and future generations the important cultural legacy of these two extraordinary figures, whose artistic talent and work is inextricably linked to their personal life, political and social engagement, a unique example of Life and Art.
Dario Fo and Franca Rame’s cultural history embraces the arts as a whole: from theatre to literature to painting, intertwined with the profound political and social activism, aimed in particular at the protection of society’s outcasts and forgotten individuals, as well as at the safeguard and enhancement of the environment and of the cultural heritage.
The Fondazione strives to keep alive and disseminate their life example and work by creating a centre to keep and promote the initiatives, ideas and projects which are consistent with Dario Fo and Franca Rame’s thought, life and values. Therefore the Fondazione only serves purposes that are consistent with social, cultural and environmental solidarity.
Mattea Fo has studied arts and humanities. She started working within her family’s theatre company at a very young age, revising texts and publications, curating and updating the blogs and webpages, and conceiving online advertising campaigns. In 2011 she started working in close contact with her grandparents Franca and Dario, focusing on the immense patrimony preserved in the family archives. Since 2016 she has been curating the exhibitions organised by the Compagnia Teatrale Fo Rame.
She is the President of the Fondazione “Dario Fo e Franca Rame”, which she co-founded in 2019.
In October 2020, we hosted a webinar with Filomena Campus, Joseph Farrell, Tom Cornford, Maria Teresa Pizza, in collaboration with the Fondazione Dario Fo Franca Rame. To watch it, check out the links below:
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