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
You can feel the energy in the air this morning.
In about half an hour there will be a dress rehearsal, the first of two, it MUST go well. It must go well because it’s the last day of the training session, it has to go well because it would be the perfect ending to 11 days of crazy intensity, it has to go well because we cannot make a mistake, we cannot close this session with a disaster.
I’m the assistant.
I make sure that each actor has their own props in order and ready, I check the doctors’ white coats, the syringes and the I.V. (don’t worry, it’s all part of the show!).
I say: “Let’s try making the skin marks on the real doctor’s face and removing them before the last scene, we’ve never tried it, let’s try. Felix, you have to wash the actor’s face, get a cloth and some water ready!”.
During the performance it is forbidden to speak, move, make comments. The audio is recorded with an enormous microphone that manages to “hear” even when you breathe, any interference would ruin the recording, and the same is true for the cameras. We need a video shoot of the dress rehearsal for the video archive, the serious Web sites, maybe for the final document. We have lots of ‘pieces’ that were recorded during the training session, we need a full rehearsal that is smooth, perfect.
In addition, the video will be seen and evaluated by ENI and CUAMM.
We cannot make a mistake!
And the group doesn’t make any mistakes at all!
The morning rehearsal is a success. Only two slight imperfections, that can only be noticed by insiders like us who have memorised the script and scenery of the performance.
Applause and thanks would be the best things to hear today.
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Even the afternoon rehearsal goes well, with a small audience (Italian obviously, but Portuguese isn’t that difficult to understand…). The morning rehearsal was the most successful, the actors recite with pure enjoyment, even improvising some new movements.
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It’s a success, I know when the audience should laugh, and hearing the people respond is the second most wonderful thing of the day.
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After dinner. The goodbyes begin, the group leaves tomorrow. There’s a sentence, a prayer, a thank you for each one of us, and for each one of them, too. It has been a great adventure, truly great…that hasn’t quite finished but I don’t know if we will manage to live so closely to each other again for days and days. There are people, like the girls in the kitchen, who will never see the Mozambicans again, there will now be a tour in Mozambique, the training sessions in Italy have ended.
Jacopo steals the words from my mouth: “Italy talks a lot about integration, tolerance, we’ve shown that it isn’t really that difficult…”