The Association Scanderbeg Parma, in conjunction with a whole series of cultural initiatives that it proposes as usual for the public of the city of Parma, and more precisely, for the 12th consecutive year - during November - “Month of Albanian Culture" - is RTM - Volunteers in the world as part of the International Cooperation Project "Alliance for Development and Enhancement of Family Agriculture in Northern Albania"The 10 November, at Teatro al Parco, in the majesty of the Parco Ducale, had the pleasure of organizing and welcoming the arrival of a young artist of Albanian origin, Aleksandros Memetaj, with his performance in the monologue written by himself "Albania my house ".
- Media partner: ALBANIA NEWS
- With the contribution of: AICS - Italian Agency for Development Cooperation
- With the support of: City of Parma
- A production: Argot Productions
One, two, three ... Standing ovation! This is how the yesterday's performance by the Albanian artist Alexandros ended ...
Albania My home
Aleksandros wrote and interprets this autobiographical story, which corresponds to that of a father, his, who risks his own life and endangers his son's life at the same time, - the author of the aforementioned monologue - a six-month-old baby, arriving at the Italian coast on a fishing boat from Valona, their hometown.
All this happens in 1991, the year in which the political systems were changed in Albania, the country came out of half a century of dictatorship and the Albanian population found it as an outlet for escape from the country in total chaos.
The family of Aleksandros settles in the Veneto region and he highlights the discrimination on his Albanian origins since the days of kindergarten, when asylum companions, with the classic infantile spontaneity, which without wishing also becomes cruel in some cases, the they objected to "being different, because they were Albanian".
With harsh expressions, which were not their own sack of flour, because they were small children, but apparently, absorbing like sponges, speeches by adults in the home and their mistrust of foreigners, they also referred literally to their companion's kindergarten Albanian.
During the monologue, the boy today 27enne, reports the tortuous path of integration in the small Venetian village by his father, who despite having a degree in Albania, rolls up his sleeves to make pizzas and to work in a shoe factory.
Works that he also teaches at Aleksandros himself and on which, the boy also worked in the summer.
The show at the Teatro al Parco in Parma began with an introduction, greetings and thanks from Vojsava Tahiraj, activist and member of the management staff of the Scanderbeg Association.
They followed the institutional greetings of Nicoletta Paci, Councilor for Participation and Citizens' Rights in the Municipality of Parma and, after the artist's performance, there was a beautiful communication with questions and answers between Aleksandros and the public.
The hall was packed with a mixed Italian-Albanian public, there were Maghreb, African and different ethnic guests of different ages: young second-generation emigrants, Italians of all ages etc.
On the whole, everyone has followed this piece of life lived with great interest and emotional involvement, brought naturally by the artist and the questions addressed to him at the end of the show by the public, were really numerous.
Memetaj, a young artist, endowed with a great creative and interpretative ability, with an evident eloquence and predisposition for languages, speaking an Italian and a perfect Albanian, integrating pieces in Venetian dialect and in the local dialect of his native city, Valona in Albania - despite having arrived in Italy when it was just 6 months - certainly has a brilliant artistic future ahead of it.
Once again, the universal force of art acts as a trait d'union between two peoples, between two nations, which, like Italy and Albania, for their geographical proximity and various reasons, historically interact in good neighborly relations .
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