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
I am Italian, he is Mozambican, we do not know each other, we met once months ago but I don’t know anything about him.
And we have to work together, without losing much time. How can I create a feeling right away?
” Felix is here” and I go up to him and hug him, just like that, saying nothing, just a hug.
He laughs, we all laugh.
Felix is here to support me in the work: it will be easier to communicate with the actors with his help, his “theatrical” eyes will help me understand the events and themes dealt with. He surely knows the Mozambican theater better than me, we will make the most of our experience in order to work together.
I explain the plan of the mission to him, while doing it I keep my hand on his shoulder all the time. It’s a technique I’ve learnt at Alcatraz: do you want to empathize with people? Touch them, heat and energy will flow, confidence and communication skills will develop (blessed Demential Yoga by Jacopo Fo!).
It works with Felix, too.
We work out what to watch during the shows and what to do immediately after the encounter with the actors. Mime games, movement games, stage presence games. We need to bring out the talents, make them blossom, I tell Felix.
I talk to him in Italian, I speak slowly (not loudly, he is Mozambican, not deaf), he understands, Felix speaks Portuguese, a bit of English, he has already worked with Italians, he collaborates with Timi, and he understands Italian a bit. When he wants to be sure he asks for the translation into Portuguese, but we manage to communicate well.
A couple of beers do the rest, we have become great friends!
He has a young daughter, a girlfriend and he is the coordinator, person in charge, actor, director, writer of the Luarte group. As he is speaking about the work he is carrying out I see happiness in his eyes!
He comes from a difficult district of Maputo but he has been able to invent a career for himself that is also a great passion.
I tell him a few things about me, about Alcatraz, my work with Jacopo Fo. I get to tell him about a part of a theatrical performance by Jacopo, “Zen and the Art of Fucking”!