Conducted by Claudio La Camera, Julia Varley and Eugenio Barba

20 February 2021

Patch Adams

Since the 70s Patch Adams is an important reference for ways of humanising healthcare, supporting and spreading the practice of humour and smiling as medicine through clowns. He started The Gesundheit! Institute, a model of free healthcare to be offered to the public.


Passion and persistence
Passion is the name of the process. “Many people abandon passion or never join a Big Dream. They stop because it takes too long to reach a result. You should feel that passion exists today, in the process, without being tied to a goal. Find creativity in every act, and don’t sacrifice your need to be creative.

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27 February 2021

Ginevra Sanguigno

Actress, clown, mime, teacher and founder in 2000 of Clown One Italy ONLUS. She has published Il Corpo che Ride (The Laughing Body) with Xenia Editrice. She writes for the journal “Teatri della diversità (Theatres of Diversity) the column “With roots in the wind”.


Italo Bertolasi

He has studied Himalayan, Chinese and Japanese shamanic cultures for twenty years, photographing and collaborating with several important European magazines. He has written numerous books on Watsu, Yoga, Asian shamanism and massage. (;


The Shaman Clown
The irreverent buffoon “curing” injustices with his jeers on power, as well as the comic entertainer in the first theatres, make us smile. Now, the circus clown has returned, wearing a doctor’s white coat and a traditional red nose, as a “shaman clown”, an “ambassador of peace and smiles”. The “shaman clown” is present in hospitals, schools, countries at war, refugee camps and other areas of the world afflicted by humanitarian emergencies.

24 marzo Barba Varley

24 March 2021

Patricia Ariza

Theatre as a practice for peace
The movement for peace in Colombia is very active and Patricia Ariza is one of its protagonists, thanks to her prestige and her performances, happenings, festivals and poetry meetings. Patricia Ariza’s latest solo, I am not alone, talks about women who rebel against a reality of desaparecidos and “false positives”. Patricia lived for many years under threat of death because she was part of the Union Patriotica, a left-wing party whose members were exterminated by death squads.

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27 April 2021

Giovanni Scotto

He is Associate Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Florence, where he teaches Conflict and Mediation Theories, Mediation and Participatory Democracy Techniques, and International Conflict Transformation.


Discovering a Voice. Conflict settlement techniques
One of the paradoxes of today’s society is that we live immersed in the clamour of continuous communication, with social networks added to television, apparently giving everyone the right to speak. At the same time, an increasingly large part of society is unable to communicate. Listening is a prerequisite for any kind of regeneration: this is true for the ecological, social, and inner crisis experienced by many.

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25 May 2021

Miguel Rubio Zapata

He is a Peruvian director, theatre researcher, and founding member of Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani.


The other face of theatre.
What do we find behind the performance, behind the long dedication to rehearsals and the meeting with the spectators? The motivation of women and men, the choices of the actors, directors and all those who participate in the creative process. What are the motivations today in this time of bewilderment?

25 maggio Barba Varley

28 June 2021

Donatella Massimilla

She is a playwright and founder of Ticvin Theatre Company, La Nave dei Folli and CETEC.


Theatre in prison
Art and beauty are rediscovered within the individual. The inmates meet and narrate stories about themselves. They face their experience and ask themselves: are we happy with our lives? Are we living what we had imagined?

28 giugno Barba Varley

27 July 2021

Parvathy Baul

She is a singer, painter and storyteller from West Bengal. After receiving her initial music and dance training during her childhood, she studied visual arts at the Kala Bhavan at Shantiniketan, the University founded by Rabindranath Tagore.


From the periphery
Parvathy Baul is dedicated to the development and oral transmission of the Baul tradition. She has built an ashram in Bengal to host children and students, supporting two hundred families from the neighbouring village. With the Tantidhatri festival in 2019, Parvathy Baul organised theatre workshops for the daughters of prostitutes living in a slum of Kolkata. Her commitment extends to all those people who live in geographic, economic, cultural and gender peripheries.

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29 September 2021

Ermanna Montanari

She is the founder, actress, author and set designer of Teatro delle Able in Ravenna, Italy. She leads a personal vocal research path within the company for which she has received numerous national and international awards. She has created various music CDs together with the composer Luigi Ceccarelli, including in 2020 “Fedeli d’Amore” published by Stradivarius. She has published “Cellula”, co-written with Enrico Pitozzi, Quodlibet, 2021.


Voice between screams and silences
The silent cry of Helene Weigel in the role of Mutter Courage, expressing pain and anger at injustice, is famous. For an actress, voice is the potentiality of all sounds, achieved at times through silence and other times through a spiralling concert of sounds. It comes from the earth where we stand, runs through our body on stage and reaches out to the inexplicable reality that surrounds us. Beyond languages and words, voice communicates vulnerability and persistence through intonations, songs and vibrations. The voice is a mysterious and effective vehicle for contact with spectators in the remote regions of the nameless.

29 settembre

27 October 2021

Claudia Brunetto

professional journalist since 2012. In the last 16 years she has been collaborating with the Publishing Group “Gedi” and writes also articles for the Palermo edition of the newspaper “La Repubblica”.
Her work focuses on social matters, school, youth, marginality, districts at risk and migration. After graduating in History of Theatre, she wrote for the main national magazines on this sector and has followed the most significant contemporary theatres.


Giving voice to the invisible people

The Roma camps, the homeless people, the migrants, the unauthorised street vendors, represent a part of the world of “the invisible”; the new poor, victims of a social injustice that is difficult to oppose. Together with them, thousands of volunteers are working in absolute anonymity, to defend their human rights, to integrate them in our society and create a sense of acceptance. “Giving voice to the invisible people” is the attempt to shift the focus, on what is apparently hidden, and lives on the margins of society. These are positive stories of social redemption that can emphasise the other face of Palermo.

8 December 2021

Marco Martinelli

Playwright, theatre and cinema director, founder togetherwith Ermanna Montanari of the Teatro delle Albe. His plays arepublished and staged in Italy and in ten other languages around theworld. He has won seven Ubu awards (the Oscar of Italian theatre) as a director,playwright, teacher.


Teatro politttttttico

What are the semi-secret motivations behind our theatres? What reasonspush us to continue today? On a personal level, what is hidden behind theadjective “political”?


The two directors, Eugenio Barba, who founded Odin Teatret in 1964 inOslo (Norway), and Marco Martinelli, one of the founders of Teatro delleAlbe in 1983 in Ravenna (Italy), will dialogue starting from these questions.

19 December 2021

Vito Minoia

is a scholar of educational theatre at Urbino University, where he founded Aenigma University Theatre in 1990: He is President of the International University Theatre Association (IUTA) and Director of the European magazine “Catarsi, Teatri delle Diversità”. In 2011 he founded the National Coordination of Theatre in Prison and in 2019 the International Network Theatre in Prison (INTIP).


Theatre and diversity

“Diversity is a richness and theatre can enhance it”: an intuition that has guided the research of the European magazine “Catarsi, Teatri delle Diversità”, founded in 1996 at Urbino University by Emilio Pozzi e Vito Minoia, with the significant contribution of Claudio Meldolesi. From here
comes an original work hypothesis: to verify the possibility of giving ownership to forms of active theatre, once considered marginal, in the contexts of disability, prison, mental illness and more.

2 February 2022

Nora Amin

Born 1970, is an Egyptian writer, performer, choreographer and theatre director. In 2013 she was named best director by the National Festival of Egyptian Theatre. Nora has been active in independent Egyptian theatre and new writing since 1993. She started her professional stage career as a member of the modern dance company at the Cairo Opera House (1993/94), and then worked as an actress in lead roles at the Hanager Arts Centre until 2002. In 2000, she founded her own independent theatre group in Cairo, Lamusica. She has published two novels and four collections of short stories.


Dancing rebellion

One of Nora Amin’s latest revindications as a feminist is to dance belly-dance at university lectures. Living between Germany and Egypt, writing, producing films and theatre, contributing to festival programmes, Nora is in contact with many contrasting and contradictory realities. During the conversation, Julia Varley will ask Nora Amin about her work and life in the most recent years, including her film, An Enemy of the People – Journey to Survival, which was shown at the 8th Transit Festival “Beauty as a Weapon – Theatre, Women, Conflict”. The film shows the journey of an independent theatre company that decides to play a very provocative play addressing the issues of democracy, corrupt regimes, the rule of the majority and the manipulation of crowds. It shows different moments and contexts of performance through the whole year of 2013 only a few steps away from the violent confrontations in Tahir Square and tells a story about theatre as a tool for survival and change; it is the story of Lamusica Independent Theatre Group, of twenty men working under the leadership of one woman: Nora Amin.

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