The return to Italy and end of the second mission
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
At this point you know the journey: Maputo, Johannesburg, Frankfurt, Milan. The journey lasts 25-26 hours, 30 if you count the train from Milan to Alcatraz in Umbria. I pass the time sleeping mostly, uncomfortably, but sleeping. The return journey proclaims the end of the mission, this time we were here for 17 days, and Tiredness with a capital T falls on us.
I didn’t speak for two days after returning the first time!
In a few weeks, when the actors arrive in Italy and the training period begins, I will see all my travelling companions, Bruno, Jacopo, the boys of the video troupe.
We all have plenty of things to do!
I was a river in flood with Jacopo Fo. I reported on the mission, looking at him face to face, one beside the other, no longer on Skype with a few thousand kilometres of distance between us.
I finally told it all, from the theatre performances that we saw to the intrinsic difficulty of the project. There were moments of hesitation and moments of tension. Sometimes, between us Italians, we didn’t beat about the bush.
Then you sleep on it, you eat on it and everything passes. And you start working again, so you’re there…
The mission was a success. On the word of Jacopo Fo, who gives me the point of view of a person who sees things from afar. We have gathered lots and lots of information. I let him see the video of some pieces of the performances of the people who were selected.
“He’s Agostinho, she’s Ana Bela, look at her smile! Safina! Safina dreams about being a singer, she’s the only one who spoke about a dream!”
He asks me about comical theatre, about Harlequin.
No, I didn’t find Harlequin in Mozambique. I took note of almost all the scenes when the audience laughed.
“Look, he tells her that if they get together they can talk on Facebook and Whatsapp, the audience started laughing, understand? Facebook and Whatsapp!!!”
We also speak about the health structures.
Yes, I asked a lot of people what they thought about the new Health centre in Palma, or the peripheral centres for the villages, I asked what the relationship between modern and traditional medicine was like, I asked the Cuamm doctors and also the normal inhabitants about that, to have all the different points of view.
There are difficulties and fear: difficulties in reaching the Health Centres, above all the one in Palma which is a true hospital for emergencies with operating rooms; fear of imagining that a pregnant woman has to distance herself from her family to stay at the Casa de Espera and be monitored during the last stages of the pregnancy. There’s diffidence towards the doctors and towards medicine. It’s true that there has been collaboration and also meetings between traditional doctors, here known as curandeiros, and Western doctors, but the process is long, it should be followed constantly.
During the first mission in Mozambique, Dor Iara, who is still head of the Palma Health Centre, told us that the problem was communication. “We speak different languages” (the doctors speak Portuguese, the patients one of the local dialects: Swahili, Macua, Makonde).
We should use a simple, understandable language during the performance, the message must be clear and simple, direct.
Otherwise we’ll be just another unsuccessful experiment on international cooperation.