Performance Vitor Raposo and
the Tambo Tambulani Tambo company

It seems easy to be supportive... #1

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How do they laugh in Africa? #2

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Simone, do you want to go to Mozambique? #3

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I am going to Mozambique! But to do what? #4

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The meetings #5

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Where do I start? #6

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Meeting with

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The first contacts with Mozambique #8

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Agenda first mission in Mozambique #9

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First mission: arrival in Maputo #1

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But where am I? #2

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Meeting with Alvim Cossa #3

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Teatro do Oprimido Show #4

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Meeting with the Machaka Association #5

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The Show by the Machaka Group #6

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Manuela Soeiro and the Avenida Theater #7

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Gonçalo Mabunda #8

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Meeting with the Luarte Association #9

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Luarte Show #10

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Maputo - Pemba Journey #11

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Vitor Raposo #12

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Pemba – Palma Trip #13

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Visit to the village of Quionga #14

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Visit to the village of Quirindi #15

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That wonderful beach! #16

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Visit to the village of Pundanhar #17

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The Mamãe Kit #18

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Visit to the hospital in Palma #19

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Return to Italy #20

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The project continues! #1

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How many meetings are we going to have?!? #2

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Agenda second mission in Mozambique #3

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Second mission in Mozambique, arrival at Pemba #4

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Felix Mambucho #5

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Performance Vitor Raposo and the Tambo Tambulani Tambo company #6

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Pemba – Palma Trip #7

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Performances at Palma, on with the casting! No, stop! #8

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Grupo do funzionarios #9

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Performances (and casting) in the village of Pundanhar #10

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Performances (and casting) in the village of Quionga #11

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Selecting the actors for the Italian stages #12

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Are you ready to come to Italy? #13

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The return to Italy and end of the second mission #14

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Preparing for the first training period at Alcatraz #1

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Arrival at the Libera Università di Alcatraz #2

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We begin! #3

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Mario Pirovano #4

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Acting with Mario Pirovano #5

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Arms going up on their own! #6

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A dive into the theatre #7

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Let’s tell a love story! #8

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Being an actor is hard work #9

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What days! #10

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O falso médico! #11

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We all go shopping! #12

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The performance takes shape #13

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We need an ultrasound! #14

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Rome has never been so beautiful! #15

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Second training session: the first day... #1

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The return of the Mozambicans #2

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A tragic day #3

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Memory tests with Mario Pirovano #4

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Rehearsals, rehearsals, rehearsals… and that script in 3 languages… #5

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First reading of the script in Swahili #6

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Just for a change, we rehearse... #7

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That damned video! #8

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In and around Perugia #9

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The last rehearsals #10

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Action! #11

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Changes to the show? Change the title?!? #1

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Confusion in Fatima’s House #2

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Preparation of the stage design #3

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Ready to go (again)? #1

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Arrival at Pemba #2

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At Palma under the palm trees (wet!) #3

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First day of the tour: Mute #4

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Second day of the tour: Pundanhar #5

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Third day of the tour: Quionga #6

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Fourth day of the tour: Palma #7

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Fifth day of the tour: Olumbe #8

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Thank you Mozambique, thank you so much! #9

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Vitor welcomes us with a wide grin! We have returned to the Tambo Tambulani Tambo culture centre in Pemba, majestically run by Vitor Raposo, actor, author, director, scenographer and factotum!

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Vitor is extremely active, he writes, plays, directs, acts. He is finishing a job for a radio theatre project and this evening, he tells us, he will play music in a restaurant with his group. He has shown us two performances: the first was about a curandero and a traditional ritual to make rain fall, while in the second the central figure is a policeman, a policeman who invents a law and uses it to obtain newly-caught fish from two women.
I was awestruck! At a certain point the policeman turns towards the two women: “You can’t say that I am corrupt, can you?”. And they, together, shout “Yes!!!”.

Some Mozambiquans who were behind me and who were helping us burst out laughing! And I wrote in my notebook that corrupt policemen make people laugh…

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Vitor was the agent, and his scenic presence was felt and heard by everyone. He’s good, really good!
Even Felix agrees. He knew Vitor because of his fame but had never met him or seen him act, but he was also struck by the man.
After the performances we sat under a tree to speak: Vitor tells us stories and about the symbolism of animals. A lion means power, authority. A monkey is astute, an opportunist. A rabbit discovers the frauds but often falls for them just the same.
We ask him what makes the Mozambique theatre audiences laugh and he answers that mistakes made in Portuguese are funny, traditional but fake doctors who invent rites to earn money, conceited people who boast and then dress badly, speak badly.
Vitor has an extensive knowledge of Mozambiquan tradition and is an extraordinary orator.
I’m looking for connections with our Harlequin. The figure of the Trickster exists in many theatrical cultures, the astute person, the opportunist like I said before who can, in a certain way, be traced back to our Harlequin, the servant of two masters…
If we could find a connection, a common point between Harlequin, who Dario has studied extensively, and a theatrical figure here in Mozambique, we would be at a good point…
It’s just an idea but I want to follow even this road…

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