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
The protagonist of the day is certainly our great Mario Pirovano. After a first day of presentations and stories about his personal experience, today Mario takes us to the theatre, a natural theatre immersed in an extremely uncontaminated area of nature (as you can see from the photos!) and for us alone, he acts out two monologues by Dario Fo: “La fame dello Zanni” (The hunger of Zanni) and “Il miracolo di Lazzaro” (The miracle of Lazarus).
It is all done in a new language, a mix of dialects from northern Italy, Portuguese, Italian, Grammelot.
I swear that I clearly heard some Veneto dialect words!!! For two hours Mario spoke this mix of tongues with unbelievable naturalness, and from the questions asked by the Mozambique group it was clear that they could understand and were following the thread of the conversation.
I saw them laugh, bounce in their seats when Mario increased the rhythm, some followed Mario’s body movements with their heads, at some moments it seemed like a dance.
The power of theatre, body, gestures!
The magic increases when Mario talks about his personal experience as an actor. He went on stage for the first time as a solo actor when he was over 40. Before that, he was the assistant of Dario Fo and Franca Rame. He talks about having done everything: from ironing stage clothes to assembling the set design. He followed all the performances of Dario and Franca, listened to them, then one day, in front of a group of children who were cursing as they spoke about football, he discovered that he was an actor!
Instead of scolding the children because of their language, Mario recited a text by Dario on the child Jesus. It was a story taken from the Apocrypha Gospels, so not told in the official Gospels (those by Matthew, Mark and Luke).
Mario had absorbed Dario and Franca’s theatre through “osmosis” and that day saw the start of his successful career in Italy and the world!
The Mozambique group are perturbed, the concept of “osmosis” is not clear… 🙂
They ask Mario if he took lessons, went to acting school. Mario answers no, it’s just passion and a natural talent for gestures.
Tomorrow, says Mario, we will do exercises on movement, mimicry, body language.
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Pizza and a short tourist visit to Gubbio.
Going through the streets of Gubbio, probably the most beautiful Medieval city in Italy, I see that Adelino senior is looking around, astonished.
I ask him what he is thinking. “I was looking at the houses, they’re all made of stone!”