A dive into the theatre
It seems easy to be supportive... #1Continue reading
How do they laugh in Africa? #2Continue reading
Simone, do you want to go to Mozambique? #3Continue reading
I am going to Mozambique! But to do what? #4Continue reading
The meetings #5Continue reading
Where do I start? #6Continue reading
Meeting withContinue reading
The first contacts with Mozambique #8Continue reading
Agenda first mission in Mozambique #9Continue reading
First mission: arrival in Maputo #1Continue reading
But where am I? #2Continue reading
Meeting with Alvim Cossa #3Continue reading
Teatro do Oprimido Show #4Continue reading
Meeting with the Machaka Association #5Continue reading
The Show by the Machaka Group #6Continue reading
Manuela Soeiro and the Avenida Theater #7Continue reading
Gonçalo Mabunda #8Continue reading
Meeting with the Luarte Association #9Continue reading
Luarte Show #10Continue reading
Maputo - Pemba Journey #11Continue reading
Vitor Raposo #12Continue reading
Pemba – Palma Trip #13Continue reading
Visit to the village of Quionga #14Continue reading
Visit to the village of Quirindi #15Continue reading
That wonderful beach! #16Continue reading
Visit to the village of Pundanhar #17Continue reading
The Mamãe Kit #18Continue reading
Visit to the hospital in Palma #19Continue reading
Return to Italy #20Continue reading
The project continues! #1Continue reading
How many meetings are we going to have?!? #2Continue reading
Agenda second mission in Mozambique #3Continue reading
Second mission in Mozambique, arrival at Pemba #4Continue reading
Felix Mambucho #5Continue reading
Performance Vitor Raposo and the Tambo Tambulani Tambo company #6Continue reading
Pemba – Palma Trip #7Continue reading
Performances at Palma, on with the casting! No, stop! #8Continue reading
Grupo do funzionarios #9Content Continue reading
Performances (and casting) in the village of Pundanhar #10Continue reading
Performances (and casting) in the village of Quionga #11Content Continue reading
Selecting the actors for the Italian stages #12Continue reading
Are you ready to come to Italy? #13Continue reading
The return to Italy and end of the second mission #14Continue reading
Preparing for the first training period at Alcatraz #1Continue reading
Arrival at the Libera Università di Alcatraz #2Continue reading
We begin! #3Continue reading
Mario Pirovano #4Continue reading
Acting with Mario Pirovano #5Continue reading
Arms going up on their own! #6Continue reading
A dive into the theatre #7Continue reading
Let’s tell a love story! #8Continue reading
Being an actor is hard work #9Continue reading
What days! #10Continue reading
O falso médico! #11Continue reading
We all go shopping! #12Continue reading
The performance takes shape #13Continue reading
We need an ultrasound! #14Continue reading
Rome has never been so beautiful! #15Continue reading
Second training session: the first day... #1Continue reading
The return of the Mozambicans #2Continue reading
A tragic day #3Continue reading
Memory tests with Mario Pirovano #4Continue reading
Rehearsals, rehearsals, rehearsals… and that script in 3 languages… #5Continue reading
First reading of the script in Swahili #6Continue reading
Just for a change, we rehearse... #7Continue reading
That damned video! #8Continue reading
In and around Perugia #9Continue reading
The last rehearsals #10Continue reading
Action! #11Continue reading
Changes to the show? Change the title?!? #1Continue reading
Confusion in Fatima’s House #2Continue reading
Preparation of the stage design #3Continue reading
Ready to go (again)? #1Continue reading
Arrival at Pemba #2Continue reading
At Palma under the palm trees (wet!) #3Continue reading
First day of the tour: Mute #4Continue reading
Second day of the tour: Pundanhar #5Continue reading
Third day of the tour: Quionga #6Continue reading
Fourth day of the tour: Palma #7Continue reading
Fifth day of the tour: Olumbe #8Continue reading
Thank you Mozambique, thank you so much! #9Continue reading
Today we worked for half a day only, then we had a relaxing afternoon at the swimming pool in Alcatraz, barbecued food and some music after dinner.
Tiredness is starting to creep in and we still have many days ahead. So, descanso por todos (rest for everyone).
In the meantime the mornings mean work, so there’s an appointment at 9.30 with Jacopo Fo and a return to Demential Yoga. The group repeats the pushing exercise, imagining themselves to be trees.
Someone jokes (sensibly) about monkey brains, the others laugh, I think they have understood everything!
After the Demential Yoga, we move to ecotechnology.
This morning I prepared the solar concentrator, the solar oven, the oven bag, and even Elsa, the legendary low-cost pyrolytic burner perfected by BluComb s.r.l., the spin-off company of the University of Udine, which is promoting it in lots of African countries. Very little wood and a flame that doesn’t produce smoke.
There’s an egg in the centre of the solar concentrator, which we’ll boil!
There are a few pieces of bread drying out in the oven, while in the oven bag there’s a pan of boiling water that will stay hot for hours. The oven bag is used to cook food without using fire or other types of energy. Cooking starts in the traditional manner, over a flame, and when the pan is hot it goes inside the super-insulated oven bag, and cooking continues. It was invented by a mother, and that’s an ideal guarantee!
The idea is to show the Mozambicans a series of ecotechnologies that work, are easy to produce and that can greatly improve the quality of their lives.
They are all things we discovered the existence of as a result of the research carried out for the book “Ecotecnologie a basso costo per tutto il mondo” (Low-cost ecotechnologies for the whole world).
The pyrolytic burner amazes more than the rest, Felix and Adelino (senior) are already talking about starting a company to sell them :-). We explain that they could even go around the villages and “train” the communities on how to build and use Elsa.
Adelino takes a piece of oven-dried bread from the solar oven and eats it. Now that’s what I call a successful experiment!
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The last part of the morning is filled with chat about the theatre, our performance! Will we present a love story? Jacopo asks the group to explain how their performances begin, develop and end. Is there a presenter? Do they start with a dance, a song? Would a love story interest the public in the villages?
One by one they start acting, first in Portuguese and then in Makua, Makonde, Swahili, they explain the plot, yes there’s usually always a presenter, at the beginning the message that the performance tries to give is also explained (health care, teaching, no to violence).
It’s the first time we hear the Swahili language, our performance will be in Swahili, the most familiar dialect in the area of Palma, and what rhythm, what musicality. It’s probably the same with our dialects too, but maybe we no longer have the habit of listening.
Swahili is full of sounds, long vowels (iiii, ooooh), wonderful!
And they all start to like the idea of a love story…
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Italian barbecue and a Mozambican party! There are two young rappers in the group of five from Palma, Adelino (junior) and Safina, whose stage names are Mister Kedo and Miss Zaina.
A computer plays the base, speakers and live performance!!! Then we danced and a great difference between us and them appeared: we dance alone, they always dance in pairs. They put their arms around each other, they wiggle their hips, together. Not alone, how silly we are…