We could not help but give each other the gift of some photos and written feedback, as if it were a circle of thanks, of the October 29 day spent together, a precious gift for our readers as well.
“I am delighted to have participated in the final conference of the European Project Re.Sto.Re which, through different paths, offered concrete evidence of experiences aimed at fostering the opportunity to access the world of art, beyond pre-established conventions.
This is why I thank you again for the invitation and congratulate you on your choice of the theme. My contribution, of course, privileged one of the languages of art: dance, with a focus on danced movement according to the Hobart Method – knowing oneself in dance. Since childhood, movement has been a very important means of expression for me. With movement I could give voice and express different states of mind. I danced without knowing it.
Everyone should dance. Not to be professional dancers, but to dance, to dance life.
Especially men, because then they can manage excess energy and cultivate strength of spirit, kindness. As Rudolf Nureyev said: ‘It is the law of love: one loves because one feels the need to, not in order to obtain something or to be reciprocated’.
“It was an honour and a pleasure to spend this wonderful day with you, at the end of the European Project Re.Sto.Re. Thank you for the welcome, for the wonder, for the sharing. Thank you for the wonderful and hard work you do for our whole community, because the young people who are trained by you are a resource for all of us and we can really learn the meaning of dialogue between human beings without mobile phones and distractions. The workshop with Monica and Federico was really very exciting and also very inspiring from a training point of view.
Thank you and we hope to be with you again very soon.”
We left in our hearts a raging river of grace and emotion.
“International closing event of the Erasmus Plus Restore European Project.
Paradoxically, a restart. Returning to SanPatrignano after the pandemic, immersing ourselves once again in the mood we seek and find necessary to breathe new air. The pictures do not truly render justice because these are initiatives that in order to understand them you have to live them, you have to experience them by sinking your hands and heart into the dough.
Let us try to share some insights. In the company of the project’s protagonists and guests who have much to say through their work, including the Hon. Raffaele Bruno, who brought the experience of theatre in prison (“Since I came to know art, this cell has become a prison” cit. Cesare deve morire) and Jacopo Gubitosi, director of the Giffoni Film Festival, who spoke about youth and inner as well as environmental sustainability. The Artistic Director of Errare e Umano Pascal La Delfa (Oltre le Parole Onlus was the leader of ReStoRe), who on this occasion leads (the event, the project, and through unprecedented perspectives) reminds us that theatre is always social insofar as it is capable of transforming people and society.
In theatre, everything can be said except that there is fiction. Tired of talking about discomfort, we talk about vulnerability. We are all vulnerable. Even Achilles and Superman. Every passion is a stronghold in freedom from substances and addictions. Theatre is the place where you go to play a role and instead find yourself. It is an instrument of health; it is not a cure but creates well-being. It is not just performance/show, but a process made of otherness, fragility, depth, of working for a WE. All that there is before going on stage is research, the right to make mistakes, to feel failed in the research, it is investigation into one’s own beauty. We all want to be loved and accepted, which is why imperfection is seen as a danger. Theatre and art give you a generous time in which you do not feel judged but in the process of becoming. And here we find the cherished theme of the right to error that Pascal and Oltre Le Parole have been enhancing and substantiating for years. Art that unites has a multiplier effect and generates wealth. It should be measured an index of the educating capacity, of transformation, of happiness, and in fact we work for this, to give evidence to what is already visible to the naked eye. Only the artist can define and decide when his work is finished (as Picasso also maintained), and this is true for all artists and for every person who is ‘provisional’ and on the way.
And then it is nice to retrace the journey of these 3 years of the Re.Sto.Re. project, training theatre operators in the social sphere from the north to the south of Italy (and then returning to their own territories, bringing and multiplying their expertise), from the peripheries to the centres (including inner centres), together with various European partners. A kaleidoscope of experiences where theatre can most often be found outside the stages, in unexpected places, peeling potatoes in Frankfurt, in a Roman kitchen amidst memories and the recipe for pasta alla Norma, in hands that create puppets, in a pie sliced into wedges, in the freedom and courage that the SanPa boys at lunch feel in being able to tell us their toxic story.”
Festival Errare e Umano
“The centrality of the social theme in cultural impact activities. One of the principles that Giffoni has been making its own for decades and that have led it to be an example at national level.
General Manager Jacopo Gubitosi was the protagonist of the final day of the European Project Re.Sto.Re. at the San Patrignano Community, focused on the recognition of the professional figure of the social theatre operator as a tool to tackle the risk of social exclusion. Also present were Elena Scisci and Giuseppe Tedesco from the Management Team. The visit of the Giffoni delegation ended with a visit to the Community of San Patrignano, proposing a future collaboration with the artistic pole of the Emilian reality”.
Giffoni Film Festival
“Thank you, thank you, for this wonderful experience I had, thanks to the European Project Re.sto.Re, thank you indeed. I am so very very grateful to you, for this memorable, wonderful day, thank you very much.”