Let’s tell a love story!
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
By surprise, Mario Pirovano appears during the morning lesson. It’s already clear by how the Mozambicans approach him that they have become more determined. From now on, no more playing around!
In fact, Jacopo begins by pulling out a series of magic tricks from a bag: the rope that stays rigid, an album that shows coloured drawings when it is leafed through the first time, black and white drawings the second time and totally blank pages, without any images, the third time. Finally, the classic and inevitable magic box with its contents that disappear and reappear.
What a nice way to start the day, laughing all together in awe.
Then, all seated, we talk about the theatre. By uniting some of the traditional Mozambican stories told by the group over these past days, we can already elaborate the first impression of a performance: a love story between a husband, a wife, his lover, her lover, a false doctor and a true doctor who, at the end, understands and solves the situation.
This could be the apex of the performance, after which we could add the monologue of “The Hunger of Zanni” that the group has become fond of at this point, and a very short story of bravery built around Harlequin, a false donkey and a real lion.
I don’t want to ruin the suspense, so I won’t tell you about the plot immediately. Let’s just say that it’s about combined marriages and true love. We have programmed 5 songs, added a narrator who will make it easier to follow what is happening, 3 backdrops as the set design, costumes for the actors, props and lots of comical parts.
Something completely new for the village communities to the north of Mozambique, where the performance will be staged 5 times.
The actors will have to communicate with words but also with gestures and body movements. From now on we’ll rehearse, rehearse and rehearse again, each passage will be defined in its minimum details, the main characters have to absorb the story, make it their own, know its every aspect.
We try improvising first, starting from the first draft of the plot.
Adelino junior is the husband, Ana Bela the wife, Safina the friend, Adelino senior the false doctor, Agostinho the narrator and the real doctor.
They all show they have talent, each one has their own special characteristic but Agostinho is very good, he dominates the stage and knows how to make people laugh!
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Afternoon: singing and voice training lessons with Eleonora Dalbosco from the I Minipolifonici Association.
A player piano starts, and off we go with tongue twisters, Italian and Mozambican nursery rhymes, traditional songs, all while controlling the voice and breath exhalation.
Actors who have to act in a performance lasting 1 and a half hours cannot allow themselves to run out of breath after 45 minutes.
Count to 10 in a loud voice at least 8 times, your “natural voice” will come out.
To learn how to “control” your voice and save your breath, do this:
1 – 2 – 1
1 – 2 – 3 – 2 – 1
1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1
1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1
And so on, all in one breath. With practice, actors increase the numbers and control their voice better.