Arms going up on their own!
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
Morning with Jacopo Fo who proposes some Demential Yoga exercises to the Mozambicans.
From arms that rise on their own thanks to the stimulation of involuntary muscles to catching thousand lire notes (it doesn’t work with 50 Euro cent coins!), to arms that can’t seem to bend on their own.
Jacopo amazes everyone with the pushing exercise: he becomes a tree that is well-rooted in the ground, he does a few tricks, and the result is that no-one can push him backwards.
Those who took the Demential Yoga course at Alcatraz know what I mean…
From exercises to theory, Jacopo begins explaining that our brain is in fact divided into two brains; one is modern, calculating, sensible, comparative, the other is ancient, ape-like, instinctive, spontaneous.
Actors must act using the ape’s brain, only in this way will their performance be good enough.
We, human beings with a modern brain, don’t know how to act, but our primordial side does.
Have you ever escaped a dangerous situation and not remember what you did? You were acting with your ancient brain, which reacted instinctively.
It’s the same feeling you get when you write spontaneously. Rereading what you have written makes your rational brain work, but you used your non-rational brain to write the original piece. And it’s that brain which brings out your genius…
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Mario Pirovano returns in the afternoon, and we go back to “The Hunger of Zanni”. The group has had the chance to read the text, study it, prepare a small piece. In fact, today’s interpretations are not at all similar to the initial ones.
Someone even added their own elements, personal ideas.
Mario laughs, claps after each performance, embraces the actors one by one and then says: “Rehearse for a month, 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon, and you will become extraordinary!”
One month, 6 hours a day, on the same script, trying it, trying it again, and again, and again…whoever said that acting isn’t real work?
Counting both the morning and the afternoon, the group does from 6 to 8 hours of training, with talks on theory and also practice sessions.
Even this afternoon’s “lesson” finishes with one of Mario’s personal stories. The group continues asking for personal experiences, they are curious about life and the more details Mario adds, the more enthusiastic they become.
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During these first few evenings, the Mozambicans have been going to bed immediately after dinner. This evening, though, we find ourselves once again sitting in a circle, joking and laughing at each other.
Mario hasn’t learned the group’s names yet: Arlete has become Ariete, Safina Salina, Agostinho Demetrio and this makes them (but also us) laugh a lot.
What’s on the menu today?
Today’s typical Italian specialities are Aubergine Parmigiana and Panzanella.
We also propose rice again and so, unbelievably, the Aubergine Parmigiana ends up on top of the rice.