Mario Calivà, arbëresh poet and playwright, dramaturgy and screenplay studio at the Silvio d'Amico Academy of Dramatic Arts in Rome. Already a doctor of Economics and Finance, I also obtained a degree in Performance Disciplines with the vote of 110 and honors and a thesis on the Arbëresh Theater.
Interview with Mario Calivà, arbëresh poet and playwright
What is the role that theater invests in society in terms of communication and culture?
The theater show is present in every culture, in its various forms. For this reason it is easy to understand how it can also become a model to describe the mechanisms of the social universe of which it is an expression. The metaphor of the world as a theater is an obvious example. The same Erasmus of Rotterdam already talked about it in the XVI century.
The theatrical event itself can find a place in any place and when it occupies it with an action that is of necessity different from those of everyday life, it transfers this diversity and this exceptionality to space. The theme of the theater becomes an engine of identity communication processes.
How is the contribution of the Arbëresh Theater in preserving the arbëreshe language presented?
For several years I have been dealing with Community Arbëresh Theater going on stage about forty times over a period of time ranging from 2012 to 2016.
It is usually a theater of graphocentric origin, or based on a script written a priori that becomes the object of study to be brought to the stage.
The drama and direction of the comedy Tuke pritur udhëtarin and qëroit (Waiting for the time traveler) is the work of the undersigned. The staging is the end result of a theater workshop during which the participants had the opportunity to learn to read the language correctly and to enrich their vocabulary thanks to the rediscovery of terms that are no longer used in contemporary speech, taking on the role directly of guarantors of the protection of the Arbëreshe language.
The arbëresh theater thus becomes a very important experience. Because it becomes a way through which one's identity is reaffirmed. Here it becomes a place of self-discovery, of its own history and of its own role in the world we inhabit. An opportunity to validate the concept of arbëreshe community that represents its own culture by means of the narrated identity.
What target audience is Calivà's Arbëresh Theater and how does the public relate to the arbëreshe language scene?
Through the theatrical event, everyday dynamics are represented in the most realistic way possible. It allows the community to play a dual role in this context: the first is to give a perceptive feedback to the actions aimed at protecting its culture through the actor's own actions conveyed both by gestures and words (arbëreshe language); the second is to attend these representations. In short the community activates the processes that lead tout court both to the event and to the spectatorial dynamics, since it prepares it and then assists you in first person.
Obviously it is a public that perfectly knows the languages that are exposed, since they are children of a daily expression and, if we can say so, cultural customs. The theater thus understood has the ability to activate these dynamics.
Shows about to go on stage soon?
Tuke pritur udhëtarin and qëroit (Waiting for the time traveler) comedy in three acts by Mario Calivà, in which as an author I emphasize the desire of man to always discover new worlds and, therefore, to break down the walls of the impossible as the insurmountable ones of the time.
Our protagonist, Steu (Stefano in Arbëresh) thanks to the help of a bizarre friend (who only sees him) will be able to find a way to get in touch with a time traveler.
We will go on stage in the arbëreshe communities of Piana degli Albanesi, Santa Cristina Gela and Contessa Eltellina.
The first will be a Piana degli Albanesi the 23 December at 21 at the Seminary Theater.
The actors involved are
- Giorgio Bastone in the part of Viçeu (Vincenzo)
- Gianfranco Matranga in the part of Xhinucu (Gino)
- Giusi Shili in the part of Lisa
- Antonella Carbone in the part of Samanta
- Mariangela Zuccaro in the part of Plaka (Old)
- Fabio Carbone in the part of the Mayor
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