The first contacts with Mozambique
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
“We need to find a Portuguese interpreter.”
It is my recurrent phrase. I need a Portuguese interpreter to make various contacts and to make appointments immediately to be ready for when we arrive in Mozambique.
Yeah, they speak Portuguese over there, which is not like Spanish, it is a bit different, it is Portuguese indeed. Then I find out that Johara, an Italian-Mozambican girl, lives a few kilometers from S. Cristina, part of Gubbio (Perugia), which also houses Alcatraz.
Johara is a friend of someone who is a friend of a friend of someone who works at Alcatraz.
What a small world …
I get in touch with her, we set up a meeting. She is a beautiful young university student, she lived in Maputo for a long time and she speaks Portuguese fluently.
We are sitting side by side at the computer. We have made notes in a text file of how to introduce ourselves on the phone, what to say about the project, what questions to ask.
Hello, we are Jacopo Fo’s theater company. We are coming to Mozambique to tell you about a ” healthcare theater ” project. Are you interested? Can we set up an appointment?
Poor Johara, these are the “notes”. I can only tell her not to worry, to introduce herself politely, to explain who we are and what we want.
First we call the Avenida Theater in Maputo. In Mozambique!
“Bom dia, soi Johara …”, the adventure has begun.
I do not understand a word of what she is saying. I can guess that Johara is speaking of theater, of a company, of the project, I see that she is taking notes.
She ends the conversation and tells me about it.
Then a second one, then another one … In a few hours – thanks to the fact that our time zones match, and thus the phone never rings unanswered! – we have made the draft of the agenda of the first mission in Mozambique.
We are radiant: we have the confirmation that there are theaters, companies, street artists, performances, cultural associations, a real artistic heritage unknown in the West.
The names, the contacts, the people allow us to gain access to videos, photos, blogs and websites. A lot of extremely useful material.
I update the workgroup on every little news. Like when you are playing with Legos, this project is taking shape, one brick at a time.
Meanwhile we also have the date for the departure for the first mission. I have to close the agenda within a few days!
A little bit at a time … one brick at a time.