Teatro Koreja, Lecce, Italy / PATOS, Smederevo, Serbia
based on The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay
Teatro Korea, Lecce (Italy) and Centre for Culture, Smederevo / PATOS (Serbia) supported by Teatro Publico Pugliese, Bari (Italy), the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Serbia and the City of Smederevo
Idea and directed by: SALVATORE TRAMACERE
Assistant director: Fabrizio Saccomanno
Stage assistant: Maria Rosaria Ponzetta
Stage movement: Silvia Traversi
Music: Admir Shkurtaj
Live music-performers: Giorgio Distante, Redi Hasa, Admir Shkurtaj
Organised by: Marija Aničić, Alessandra Bisconti, Dragoljub Martić, Laura Scorrano
Project: Franco Ungaro
DARKO PETROVIĆ, DANIJEL TODOROVIĆ, MILJAN GUBERINIĆ, ANA PAŠTI, ANĐELKA VULIĆ, EMRAN ŠABANI, AJNUR IBRAIMI, DAMIR KRIZIV, AJNUR REDŽEPI, IGOR PETROVIĆ, SENAD SULEJMANI, SEAD KURTIŠI, MARIJA MILADINOVIĆ, VUKOSAVA LAZIĆ, MARIJA MLADENOVIĆ, MARKO STOJANOVIĆ
Lights and sound: Mario Daniele, Angelo Piccinni
Gentle and nomad people who do not claim sovereignty, territory, mint, stamps, seals and borders, but simply the right to continue being that finely “other” and “transcendent” people compared with all those who compete for territories, flags and palaces.
Award: Premio Internazionale Teatro dell’Inclusione 2010 Teresa Pomodoro
Three years ago we met a group of young Rom people and young actors who live in Smederevo, about fifty kilometres far from Belgrade, some hundreds from Lecce.
We are trying to make a theatre with them. We work in the evenings, after long working days, especially hard for the Rom boys. We do not want to create a new professional company, and we do not look for a social purification. What do we want? We start from the text The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay. We need people and actors who are able to give sense and truth to the biting words of the Opera in times of a thin borderline between truth and fiction. Thieves, tarts, prisons, police chiefs fighting … these are new heroes and topics of an up-side-down world. A story played many times before in different historical periods and places. Eight Serbian young actors, eleven Roms, who are not actors, take roles to present their own culture. The culture is destined to disappear like the petty thieves on the stage. The result is a “presentation” about how playing with the stereotypes of a culture brings the thin borderline between fiction and reality into question.
Gentle and nomad people who do not claim sovereignty, territory, mint, stamps, seals and borders, but simply the right to continue being that finely “other” and “transcendent” people compared with all those who compete for territories, flags and palaces; people who, more or less like the Hebrews, are part of the European history and identity just because, differently form all the others, have learnt to be light, coexistent, able to go over and under the borders, to live among all the others without loosing themselves and to keep their own identity, though without building a country around it.
INTERNATIONAL TERESA POMODORO PRIZE FOR THEATRE OF INCLUSION
It was established by NO’HMA Association and the City of Milan. The prize is awarded under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and supported by Italian president. International Teresa Pomodoro Prize for Theatre of Inclusion aims to contribute in the revealing and promoting of those forms of “theatre of inclusion” which bring the performing arts to the heart of society, restoring to the theatre its value of experience, a chance to grow and share, open to all individuals regardless of their age, status, gender or descent. The international jury was chaired by Livija Pomodoro, as in the previous year. Jury members include the most prominent theatre directors: Eugenio Barba, Lev Dodin, Jonathan Mills, Luca Ronconi, Luis Pasqual, Spanish director and Peter Stein, German director.
Koreja started its activities in Aradeo (province of Lecce), in the “Three Manor Farms Castle”, which was an old abandoned rural home, becoming a place for national and international similar activities. Salvatore Tramacere is the artistic director and Franco Ungaro the organizational manager.
At the time Koreja met Farfa company, directed by Cesar Brie e Iben Nagel Rasmussen, actress of the Odin Teatret (Denmark). As of that moment Koreja has been a production centre for research and promotional theatre. On 1997 the company decided to move from Aredeo to Lecce.
Koreja focuses on promotion and production of culture and theatre in coopeartion with similar national and international organisations, producing plays for both adults and children. According to the decision granted by the Ministry of Cultural Property and Activites, the theatre has been acknowledged as a Permanent Innovative Theatre since 2003. Many theatre magazines and festivals with innovations, combining production and cultural heritage valorization, have been created since 1985.
It organizes workshops and training courses in the field of social drama (risky minors, people in deseas, inmates).
Since 2005 Koreja has been a member of IRIS European Network, which includes theatres, operators and festivals from Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. In practice, the aim of the association is to support cooperation and exchanges among the different artistic projects of its partners; to create and promote new dynamics and projects so as to support and the produce independent artists; to improve knowledge about different artistic environment and projects from other countries, and finally, to disseminate information within and outside the IRIS scope of action.
PATOS is abbreviation for Mobile Alternative Theatre of the Youth of Smederevo (orig. Pokretni alternativni teatar omladine Smedereva).
PATOS emerged as YU PUNK THEATRE thanks to the late Branislav Čubrilović and a group of theatre enthusiasts among employees in the Cultural centre of Smederevo and young people in the city.
PATOS theatre gathers young theatre practitioners around research and experimental theatre projects, often realized in cooperation or partnership with domestic or foreign professional theatre and performing arts companies and groups. These young artists are included in the various programmes for theatrical advancement and training in different European countries.
PATOS received critical acclaim and many awards in the country and abroad, one of which is this year’s Saint Sava Charter of the City of Smederevo.
Members of PATOS are engaged both in process of creation and organisation of the international theatre festival PATOSoffIRANJE and other programmes produced by the Centre for Culture. Members of PATOS form a strong core of a new urban culture in Smederevo and a base for cultural work and criteria in the future.
Salvatore Tramacere was born in 1956. He studied Philosophy and met the teacher of theatre history Nicola Savarese as well as Iben Nagel Rassmussen, Eugenio Barba and Odin Teatret, but it is with Cesar Brie that his keen interest in theatre begins. In 1985 he establishes Koreja, of which he is the art director. His stays in Wuppertal at Pina Bausch theatre and a trip to Turkey have been very important for his education and training. He has been working for several years with full-time actors, exploring the theatre field through music and contemporary approaches. In the last years his work has developed into projects of artistic cooperation with the Balkan countries and Eastern Europe, realizing with them workshops and performances. He was awarded the Best Direction Award at the JoakimInterFest in Kragujevac last October 2009, for the direction of La Passione delle Troiane. In the last ten years he has directed the following plays produced by Koreja: Acido Fenico (2000), K. La trilogia della solitudine (2000), Brecht’s dance (2001) Molto rumore per Nulla (2003), Io al santo ci credo (2004), Giardini di Plastica (2006), Il Calapranzi (2006), La Passione delle Troiane (2007), Doctor Frankenstein (2009). In cooperation with theatre PATOS from Smederevo, he directed the production “Plastic gardens” (orig. Plastične bašte) that was on the last year’s repertoire of Fortress Theatre festival.