Rinaldo Rasa, cut-up from paper newspaper july 1992 glued and composed in honor of Dario Fo. (digitalised image, 2016)
Dario left this earth two weeks ago. Now it is time to dedicate him a tribute. Why? I was thinking to Bob Dylan Nobel prized then a thought jumped in my mind. It was 1996 (or 1997) and both the artists were in the list for the Nobel. Dario Fo won. As usual the literary ambient tell ‘Why Dario Fo? A lot of intellectuals are waiting for the Prize etc.etc.’ And also today ‘Why Bob Dylan? A lot of intellectuals are waiting for the Prize etc.etc.’ They are still yapping.
The career of Dario Fo was in the border of the entertainement cultural industry, he was in television then he was involved in the political leftist scene of the post ’68 era. I read his comical oeuvres in books (pieces for theatre of the Fifties), they are fantastic hence the Nobel for Literature was a pretty nice choise.
I saw him during the theatrical performances on stage during the Seventies. And I met him in Florence in the summer 1973. He was a good painter, also. He was a funny guy. He was with his wife Franca Rame. In the cultural circles of that time it was usually thought that the theatrical works were a combination Dario+Franca
Again why Dario Fo? He was not a Samuel Beckett genius but a ‘commedia dell’arte’ performer and writer. Since I do not have a answer to this question it is difficult to do honor to him. Now I have the answer.
Dante Alighieri, the first to writing a poem in Italian language, named his poetry ‘Commedia’ meaning the way from the Inferno to Paradise as a way from the worst to the better. Is not a Tragedy but a Comedy the soul of Italian heritage to the world literature. It is a great truth. Dante did not win the Nobel Prize. Instead of him won Dario Fo. That’s a pretty and cheering to the Nobel Academia. That’s all folks.
Saturday October 22, 2016