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
7:30 a.m.: the prize for the first day goes to professor Agustinho Chipula, who goes jogging in the morning! Without his jacket and tie, though.
No sign of life from the others yet. 🙂
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Today’s diary includes a meeting at 9.00 a.m. with Jacopo Fo. Topic of the day: telling. Stories heard, personal stories, invented stories, everything. A memorable brain storming session!
The round of presentations starts from Jacopo Fo, who tells anecdotes about his childhood, some brief stories about his parents, he describes the activities at Alcatraz, goes back over his career. I discover, for the first time, that Jacopo started acting on stage when he was 30. I discover, in a manner of speaking, that Dario Fo and Franca Rame truly revolutionised how theatre is done.
I discover that some of us, Italians, the staff, the interpreters, didn’t even know each other until yesterday, I discover that we all have a nice recollection tied to Franca and Dario. The reminder of a particular performance, a feeling, a desire for change. Franca contributed to women’s liberation in the 60s and 70s, Dario took theatre away from the large theatre halls and into the squares of small towns.
Today, taking part in a theatrical representation in a square is normal. In the 60s it wasn’t, Dario Fo “invented” it.
Then it’s the turn of the rest of the group, one by one they stand up and tell.
Who struck me most?
Professor Chipula breaks protocol and begins his presentation by thanking God with a prayer. Yes, a prayer dedicated to Jacopo: I thank God and you (looking at Jacopo) for the gift of knowledge that he gave you and that you transmit to us.
Professor Chipula is an orphan. He tells us that he was never breast-fed by his mother but always drank cow’s milk. Even today, he says, when I see a cow I feel hungry.
He did, however, manage to study, first at Palma and then at Pemba, and become a professor of the Portuguese language in Palma. Together with Ana Bela they are part of the do Funzionarios theatre company.
He explains that the government asks companies to transmit specific health or public utility messages to the population, they write their script and present it on stage.
In the afternoon we begin speaking of “stories”. Jacopo asks each one to tell a funny story about their lives, as if they were telling it to a friend. The idea is that natural acting, the actor that is inside every one of us, will emerge in this way.
Jacopo is very clear about this: I won’t teach you how to act, you are already very good actors, here we are trying to find the best way to tell, discover what secrets are needed to get the audience to listen.
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Who struck me most?
Arlete. When she was a child, she lived in the Mafalala quarter of Maputi, very popular at the time with bandits. One day shots rang out, the family ran away, forgetting that she was sleeping in bed. She woke up, alone, with shots outside, and she wet the bed, then hid under it.
She remembers being more afraid of her grandmother shouting at her because she wet the bed rather than of the bandits.
Instead, her grandmother hugged her when she returned, then pulled her close, and this became one of the best memories of her life.
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What will we be eating?
“Spaghetti alla puttanesca”, quiche with cabbage and ricotta cheese, sweet and sour bell peppers, various raw and cooked vegetables. The group confessed that they were not used to such a choice of dishes and that they will slowly but surely taste everything.
I honestly couldn’t tell them that the menu changed every day. 🙂
Incredible! Puttanesca in Portuguese is puttanesca…