Annette Arlander - Euroopan kulttuurikaupunki - Europas kulturstad - European City of Culture
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    Via Marco Polo
    Via Marco Polo is, except a small street at Lido di Venezia, also a radioplay in three parts, compiled, composed and directed by Annette Arlander. It tells about time, about water, about Venice, about Marco Polo and naturally about love.
    Two tourists, a man and a woman, are going to venice, the man to admire the birthplace of Marco Polo, the woman to search for the invisible cities of Italo. But what they do find is a stream of stories, fragments of lovestories that the receding tide leaves on the shores. And at another time in antother place Marco Polo is dictating souvenirs from his travels to the ghostwriter Rusticello, who is his fellow prisoner of war in Genua, describing the enchanting city of Quinsai in China.
    Venice is a place where every wave is carrying the remains of some story. The stories proceed from 1700 to 1990, from Goethe’s Letters from Italy to the detective story by Michael Dibdinin, and they are all situated in Venice.The same is true for the music heard in the background. The stories have been entwined in a way resembling the novel Invisible Cities by italo Calvino, which has served as a structural model for the play. The central idea of the play however, comes from Joseph Brodsky; if water is an equivalent of time, then Venice is a mirror for water.
    The radioplay was presented for the first time in august 1998 in the series ?Radioteatteria kymmenen jälkeen.? It will be presented a second time this spring. The first part Via Marco Polo I - Goethestä Hemingwayhin (From Goethe to Hemingway) will be heard 22.2. 2000, the second part Via Marco Polo II - Rilkestä Highsmithiin (From Rilke to Highsmith) 29.2.2000 and the third part Via Marco Polo III - Hemingwaystä Dibdiniin (From Hemingway to Dibdin) 7.3.2000 always at 10 pm (22.10) on Ylen Ykkönen.
    In the leading parts will be heard Marjorita Huldén and Timo Toikka as tourists, Pertti Sveholm as Marco Polo and Jukka Voutilainen as Rusticello. The central characters in the stories are performed by Heikki Nousiainen, Sakari Jurkka, Taisto Oksanen, Mats Långbacka and Jari Hietanen, and the other characters are played by Tiina Pirhonen, Anna-Leena Sipilä, Eeva-Maija Haukinen, Olli Tuominen, Vesa Mäkelä ja Jukka Kärkkäinen.
    The tecnical work is done by Ritva Lehto, the play is produced by Mauri Ahola.