I am going to Mozambique!
But to do what?
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
It took a few days before I and Jacopo found ourselves sitting face to face and talking.
“Simone, ENI Foundation has approved the project in Mozambique, off we go!” “Good! But what is it about?!? ”
The project, Jacopo explains to me, is simple: to create a theatrical performance to be put on stage in the African country, with Mozambican actors who come to do a course in Italy, in order to promote the health of mothers and children in the villages of the district of Palma in the north of the country a few kilometers from the border with Tanzania. The project is financed by ENI Foundation and will be carried out in collaboration with Doctors with Africa Cuamm that runs a health center right in Palma.
“A video crew will make a documentary film, then we will write a book, and the actors will go on a tour.”
“Jacopo, I’m sorry, where is the simple part?”
With the Technical Presentation of the Project in hand he began to list the different steps: first exploratory mission to gather information and learn about the Mozambican theater, second mission to meet and select a group of local actors, two theater workshops with these guys in Italy, a tour in five villages in the north of Mozambique and, eventually, a show in Maputo, a video documentary, a book and, of course, the entire promotional campaign of the whole project.
It often happens to me , maybe after two and a half hours of meeting with Jacopo that I get a little tired, so that I need to lie down for a few minutes. In this way my brain has time to process a thousand of pieces of information and the ten thousand inputs that always come after a meeting with the “boss”. Today I lay down on the couch at home and slept for three hours!
A year of work, in Africa again, confronting cultures that are very distant from us, with whom it is often difficult to relate, to understand one another…
And what language do they speak in Mozambique?
And in what conditions is Mozambique?
But, above all, where is Mozambique precisely?
Yes, ok, it is there on the map, but how far is it from Italy?
How many hours of flight time is needed?
What Africa is it?
“There is the sea!”
“Ah, the sea”, there was not even that in Burkina Faso.
At the end of the chat-brainstorming meeting with Jacopo the team orders were: “We will wait for the official approval of the project but meanwhile, we start to think about it.”
This sentence of Jacopo’s: “Meanwhile, we start to think about it.” always makes me laugh. We have to set up an acquisition team, meanwhile, we start to think about it. Maybe we need to promote a new product, meanwhile, we start to think about it. We will write a book about Seminole Indians, meanwhile, we start to think about … Sometimes you think about something for a little while , then something else happens, maybe the project will never see the light of the day, but meanwhile, other ideas come, other programs to start to think about. Other times the accomplishment of the idea is immediate and then the entire executive system gets moving and what seemed impossible two hours before is achieved in no time.
The approval of the “Mozambique” project comes after a couple of weeks.
During the following days I meet the adventure companions. The project has been edited and organized into sectors, everyone will have a person in charge, a budget, and there will be a general and regular coordination. Some of us will go to Africa, others will organize the next steps from Italy.
Yes, all right , but what do I have to do, exactly?!?