The credit goes to a young actor, Aleksandros Memetaj, 26 years, who wrote and performed at the theater "Albania my house" .
An autobiographical story, with the ambition, however, to speak to everyone. The success he has been given is a guarantee of success.
Acclaimed by the press of all political tendencies, he has assets 70 replicas in the main cities of the Peninsula, which beat from North to South, and the final crowning in New York, "On Stage! Italian Theater Festival NY "
When he was only six months old, his father with him on his shoulder, to leave the country reduced to starvation by the communist regime, escapes, climbing over that wall full of sharper bottles, with the police pointing his rifle at him. He manages to reach the Italian coast on a rickety raft.
The family settles in the Veneto, where the father, with two degrees from behind, earned a living with a double work: pizza maker and shoemaker. Aleksandros later it will help him make pizzas.
A 19 years But decides, against the will of the father, to leave the house parents to arrive in Rome. He had a precise idea of what he wanted and, waiting for the magic moment to maintain itself, put it at making and selling pizzas, as his father had taught him.
Who is Aleksandros Memetaj
A young person outside the framework of our society. Has one double nature and within itself two souls: Albanian and Italian. More prosaically he adds: "I am proud to have my feet in both shoes."
I Parents Albanian, children of communism, of which they have assimilated those values that, transferred to Aleksandros, have formed it: the sense of sacrifice, commitment and precision in the work, tenacity to get to the goal. And then education, fundamental, according to the father, why "Culture is the only thing that will save you".
And it is precisely to the father Vasil 56 years, who considers his true hero, who has dedicated "Albania my house".
"My father didn't want me to leave home, but after he saw my theater debut, he was moved to tears and decided to finish paying my car payments."
In Italy it reaches the crowning of his dream: being an actor. "I owe everything to the director Giampiero Rappa , who believed in me, directed my first job, strongly wanted by him, and now at 42 years he is an excellent director and playwright and my great friend. "
Since Aleksandros does not forget who in Italy helped him, he is keen to publicly thank the entrepreneur Maurizio Valentini, owner of four pizzerias in Rome, who, as well as making good pizza, taught him to become an adult.
Speaking for two hours with Aleksandros, I felt lightened. I had the feeling of flying in another world, that authentic, far from the weight of everyday life, made of deadlines, commitments, news, noise, almost all superfluous events, but which have the power to burden our minds and souls.
Perhaps also because his Weltanschauung, despite the age difference, is in tune with mine, which, in the maelstrom of journalistic activity, is always looking for a corner where, in solitude, being able to meditate.
His curriculum, so young, it's pretty crowded. The father wanted him to be a doctor, but he, being afraid of needles, could not accept. So study for three years philosophy, which is no stranger to his training, also because, having made philosophy tournaments, regularly won, he had to improvise in front of the public.
Even then he understood that he liked to communicate with people. On the other hand, he has always been fascinated by man and his numerous whys. So, "Living in this age, in which technological progress and mass alienation are becoming increasingly popular, I focused on communication"
I try to interrupt for a moment the torrent of information that drowns me relentlessly, and I ask him to trace his own self-portrait. He tries to escape, but, pressed by me, with a slight blush that rises to color his pale cheeks, he answers me.
"I'm susceptible it's a lot imaginative, a bit' child but also mature. I'm not led to make the life that's out there, why people almost always it is closed to others, it is difficult to open up, which is very important to me. This is why I felt the need to do the actor, to communicate. And also when I write (my second passion) the "outside" does not exist ".
"Being an actor for me is oxygen. It is a way to escape to this company that I do not like. Because it is a whirlwind race towards a goal. It's hectic, it gives no respite. The technological aspect which is fundamental, it is dangerous. We are entering the virtual reality. The threshold of attention has gone down, people look at the phone, deluded that the colors they see inside are more beautiful than those outside"
in short Aleksandros he lives in his world that is increasingly dilating. For the first time he made his debut as a supporting actor in the film "Ugly and bad" di Cosimo Gomez and will participate in a broadcast of Sky , written by Amman in which he will play the part of a criminal, cultivator of marijuana.
He is a pragmatist, a fussy one workaholic, who lives according to the Socrates motto: hic and nunc , that is trying to do the best work. "Never feeling satisfied is the real spring of an artist. I like to find the fault of what I do "
"I set myself goals, which I am pursuing. I am calm, because I know that things depend only on me. Until last year I kept making pizzas, while for a year and a half I have been making art ".
How do you live your day?
"I wake up early (although I could, I could sleep until noon), and all I do is just art. Either work in the hall, or rehearsing a new show, I take care of diction, I go on stage, I meet boys and girls who, like me, are thirsty for knowledge. I do a little of everything because the actor is like the athlete, he must always train continuously, without ever stopping.
For the dramaturgy I don't feel ready yet, I'm still learning.
Since the directors like my writing, I have to try to force my imagination. "
Even if concreteness is the key to his variegated character, he does not give up dreaming. The famous ones dreams in the drawer of Aleksandros they are three and he lists them like that, like the shopping list.
They concern the theater naturally and are divided into three phases.
First phase, the young one, namely the current one, which is scheduled for next summer, is recite Hamlet.
Second phase, which goes from 35, 40 years, the text will be "Waiting for Godot" di Beckett , because it deals with two adult characters, and then because it goes crazy for the theater of the absurd.
Third stage which is around 60 years, is the apotheosis. To interpret "Richard III", a text that is not really easy, a gamble, especially after the interpretation it has made of it Al Pacino
"At the end stop. I'm not going to work forever "
And I think, knowing the character "Never say never"
So much so that he is already planning a text on praise of the madness of Erasmus of Rotterdam and has in the pipeline written by him.
In a small space Aleksandros, inside a black rectangle, on which the profile of Albania is drawn, hood on the head, trousers and sweatshirt, barefoot, nothing else, it will remain closed throughout the show, expanding it however to the territory of a complex memory geography . But this is enough for him to become his father, his mother and the little bundle he was.
A true story of courage is the comment of a journalist, a strong experience, a positive shock.
On the other hand it is impossible to enclose in a single article the vast press review, all laudatory, on the work of Aleksandros "ALBANIA CASA MIA"
"I have known Aleksandros in a theater workshop and, after listening to his story, I proposed him to make a monologue. Because the difficulty of finding one's identity, as well as the very strong relationship between father and son make the story universal ". The director Giampiero Rappa, in RELEASE of Turin
Il R.it of Naples : "Aleksandros recounts with a furious, emotional and emotional grace, an autobiographical path" backwards "that ends on the day of an Albanian landing at the port of Brindisi: a landing that made history and that marked the end of a nightmare and the beginning of a life full of hope. Aleksandros so the title of his story: "From the Albania of the regime to the Veneto. My life, a wonderful journey ”.
Others write: "a story made of pride, bitter tears and long good-byes"
Aleksandros on the other hand he feels he is the son of this journey, son of the sea, symbol of a migrating population.
"I feel the tear in the place where I was born. I relive it every time I return to Vlora. My blood boils when I see my land " Aleksandros Memetaj
1991: biblical exodus. 27.000 migrants were fleeing the economic crisis and the communist dictatorship. After the death of Enver Hoxha-1985 and the fall of the Berlin wall 1989, in the main cities of Albania (Tirana, Durres, Vlora) the new political movements that demanded to travel outside the State blazed up. Thousands of people tried to escape to the West, starting from the ports of Vlora, Durazzo with ships, fishing boats, rafts.
Among them was Vasil, father of Aleksandros.
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