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'Insaisissable Trieste' in Paris
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‘Insaisissable Trieste’ in Paris

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Music, literature, cinema and theatre are brought together to tell the complete story of the city of Trieste.
Trieste / Foto by Nick Savchenko

Trieste in words, music and images: a series of meetings dedicated to the ‘elusive’ city, organized this autumn by the Italian Cultural Institute of Paris.

Insaisissable Trieste‘ (Elusive Trieste) opens on 10 October 2021, with a dialogue between Dušan Jelinčič, Pino Roveredo, Pietro Spirito and Mary Barbara Tolusso: four writers from Trieste will present the literary and cultural world of a city on the border between the Latin and Slavic worlds. Once the port of a great empire, long disputed between East and West, it devastated by the tragedies of war, but it has always preserved its cosmopolitan soul and its spirit of openness.

The programme will continue throughout October and November 2021:

  • 20 October – ‘Trieste città scientifica’ (Trieste, A Scientific City): Lucio Caracciolo, director of the geopolitical magazine Limes, Stefano Ruffo, director of the Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati and Atish Dabholkar, director of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, will discuss the institutions where they work and attest to the strength of Trieste’s commitment to science.
  • 25 October – ‘Biagio Marin, poeta vernacolare’ (Biagio Marin, Vernacular Poet): Laurent Feneyrou and Pietro Milli, two musicologists in love with Biagio Marin’s poetry, present the poet from Grado’s work translated into French for the first time. An example of the hidden richness of our vernacular languages and the way they secretly nourish Italian itself.
  • 27 October – ‘Lo stadio di Wimbledon’ (Wimbledon Stadium) by Mathieu Amalric: based on the novel of the same name by Daniele Del Giudice, the film tells the story of Bobi Wohler, an eccentric figure on the Trieste literary scene inspired by Roberto Bazlen. A search for the intellectual and the intimate that ends up far from Trieste, in Wimbledon stadium in London. The film will be presented by Fulvio Senardi, literary critic and president of the Istituto Giuliano di Storia Cultura e Documentazione di Trieste e Gorizia.
  • 29 October – ‘Svevo’ by Mauro Covacich: Mauro Covacich, an actor and writer from Trieste, will take up the role of a teacher in a performance in the form of a lesson in which the spectators will become students of a different class. Covacich leads the audience into the fascinating world of Italo Svevo’s writing and personality. A production by the Teatro Stabile del Friuli-Venezia Giulia, in Italian with French subtitles.
  • 4 November – ‘Trieste al piano’ (Trieste at the Piano): the Belgian pianist and concert player Thérèse Malengreau presents a selection of musical pieces inspired by the city of Trieste and its cultural milieu. The concert will be accompanied by images and comments by the artist. In collaboration with the Association Giuliani nel mondo of Brussels.

The exhibitionLeonor Fini. Memorie triestine‘ (Leonor Fini: Memories of Trieste): a selection of paintings, drawings and objects by the painter, illustrator and stage designer, with a particular focus on her formative years in Trieste. The exhibition, open from 6 October to 4 November 2021, is organized in collaboration with ENIT (Ente Nazionale Italiano per il Turismo – the Italian National Tourism Agency) and PromoTurismoFVG (Friuli Venezia Giulia’s Tourism Agency).

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