“The victory of the national team has become the symbol of the new mood circulating in the country”, says Ezio Mauro, as soon as the rehearsals of the show staged tonight in Bologna have finished. The new theatrical work is entitled La damnation. The divided left at the dawn of fascism – the same title as the book published by Feltrinelli – and tells the story of the Italian left, from the first socialist spark to the split of the communists at the Livorno Congress on January 21, 1921. “I will be on stage with Massimiliano Briarava. And behind us will scroll the images selected by Carmen Manti “. A formidable epic that challenges the present. And it has to do with wanting to start over.
After a traumatic event such as the pandemic, there is a need to start again.
“Above all, we feel the need to get out of an oppressive cloud that has redefined relationships between people, leaving a heavy emotional aftermath. The vaccine allows us to return to normal, even the economy is showing signs of recovery. All this reverberates on the people’s expectations. It is as if suddenly we start looking up again, so far focused only on ourselves “.
Italy’s success at the European Championships ends up representing this state of mind.
“Without knowing it, and unwittingly, the players have become the symbol of the new climate. Also on Tuesday evening, in the difficulty, they showed their character: not technical or tactical superiority, but the ability to grit their teeth.”
The desire to discuss in public places also returns, as happens in Repubblica delle Idee.
“We need to get out of the emergency to restore the traditional configurations of a democracy. One cannot live eternally in a state of exception”.
And then we go back to talking about the distinction between right and left. At the theater you will tell how the left was born in Italy.
“It is a story that fascinates me. And that speaks to the country today. I am interested in telling how it was work that created politics, not vice versa. First there was the discovery by the workers of a common destiny, and the ability to organize themselves through the labor chambers, the mutual aid companies, the trade union. Then the world of work felt the need to give itself a political structure “.
What does this story teach the left today?
“The left must not forget its derivation from work. Work today has profoundly changed. There is no longer the unifying roof of the Fordist factory and then you have to look for work in those thousand streams in which we have fragmented its identity. But it is the main difficulty of the trade union and its political representation is precisely in the inability to decline it in its unity. But you have to start from work and you have to get to work: for any left “.
How will the narration on stage be articulated?
“We tell the whole history of Italian socialism up to the split in Livorno, mother of all divisions. The narrative will unfold along two distinct levels: the global impact of the Russian revolution, with Lenin in the front row, and the days of Congress in January of 1921, between the espionage of the secret services and the personalities of Gramsci, Turati, Bordiga, Serrati and many others “.
Does the play, like your book, also end with an image of hope?
“Yes. It is useful to know that history but to look ahead and build the future without tears, reformists and radicals together”.