“Dario Fo didn’t need to be an actor, I put cocaine in Strehler’s coffin” – Corriere.it

of Roberta Saranese

The director: «In 1968 I used to be in opposition to those that disputed». «With Franco Parenti the gorgeous journey of Pier Lombardo and the Theatre». “Strehler? A visionary”, “At Craxi Berlusconi’s funeral he wept bitterly”.

Shiny, chaotic, all the time on the transfer. Restlessness as a temperament and maybe there’s a motive: Andrée Ruth Shammah is the daughter of a fugitive. That of a Sephardic household from Aleppo, Jews who “to flee the Arab pogroms first discovered refuge on the roofs after which dispersed all through the world.” The Shammahs got here to Milan, Andrée was born in 1948, «and possibly -she says- my mother and father did not even know what Milan was. The thought was to go to Japan. However we stayed.” 4 sisters, together with her: clever, energetic, a lover of the theater. Her father did the rest: monetary investments, consulting, in brief, he handled cash.

However she has grow to be an appreciated director. How did she begin her?

«I met Giovanni Testori for causes that had nothing to do with the theater. Dad made investments within the artwork world, Giovanni was keen about portray. For years I went to Testori’s studio, in through Brera, within the afternoon. Espresso, talks about artwork and theater. It was my apprenticeship as a Jewish woman however a pupil at a Catholic faculty, Milanese however of Aleppo origin».

Milan within the Nineteen Sixties was a language laboratory. Carlo Porta’s language was reworked within the theater, there was Dario Fo’s “grammelot”.

“And my first tackle was in 1973, with theAmblet of Testori, revolution of the idea of language. However the whole lot had modified with the protests of ’68: Strehler had left the Piccolo, Paolo Grassi wished to resume, he referred to as Franco Parenti. And he requested me to be his assistant director, additionally as a result of Franco was very depressed. He had not too long ago been left by Benedetta Barzini, for whom he had stated goodbye to his spouse and youngsters. At first I could not stand it: he irritated me with the way in which I talked about him. After which remember that at the moment Marco Bellocchio was in Milan, who was doing very cool issues.

Then the hyperlink with Franco. Truly, brief, from ’72 to ’73. However precisely fifty years in the past, collectively, they created the Salone Pier Lombardo, which has been referred to as the Franco Parenti Theater since 1989.

“And we turned it into a novel instance of personal theater with a public operate. If I’ve to do any work right here right now, I’ve to go ask the followers. One thousand, two thousand, 5 thousand euros. And I am going in particular person, fortunately everybody acknowledges the standard of what we do.

“Constant. Agency in his concepts, non-conformist, if needed in opposition to the present. When he staged Claudel, a Catholic creator, the PCI informed him about every one. Oh God, the illiberal PCI didn’t even enable blasphemies in Carlo’s texts Porta. And even Dario Fo didn’t agree with Claudel, they mentioned it for a very long time, Dario tried to dissuade him. Franco informed him: “You see, Darío, you all the time play your self and that is advantageous, however I needn’t repeat myself.”

What was the connection with Fo and Rame?

“Effectively. Dario studied structure and wrote sketches to help himself. Franco performed the character of Anacleto the fuel operator on the radio, in Corso Sempione, and at the moment it was customary for younger authors to depart these sheets with small scenes within the dressing room of established actors. Parenti was impressed by Dario’s talent and invited him to talk. He insisted: it’s important to be an actor. However Dario did not need to do this. In any case, he began a partnership and it may last more, however Franca dreamed of tv».

What was Silvio Berlusconi like earlier than he turned Silvio Berlusconi?

“Hearken to this. As soon as Silvio meets Franco on a airplane. She tells him: “Come see me, if you need I can open a theater for you.” Parenti returns to Milan and tells me: “I met an industrialist who needs to finance a theater, however I’ve the sensation that he needs his theater”. Nothing got here of it. However I do not forget that at Craxi Berlusconi’s funeral he was crying bitterly. Remember that when Craxi fell from grace in Milan there was not a socialist, everybody disappeared ».

Craxi. Is it true that he provided you the path of the Teatro Stabile in Rome?

«And I answered: ‘However what am I going to do in Rome if I’ve a theater right here in Milan? Fund this for me, if you happen to can.” However he could not, and in the end, we had been on the finish, we took care of it.”

Had been the theaters additionally parceled out?

“And the way. However not less than you knew who did what. Gabriele Salvatores within the socialist space within the Elfo, to say. Parenti, nonetheless, stayed exterior, we weren’t caged».

Strehler. She knew him very effectively. When you needed to inform it briefly?

«A visionary, an excellent man of the theater. I will let you know this. Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, is rehearsing. Valentina Cortese tries to get me to eat, she sends me to get two trays with six rice buns every. She gives him one. He impatiently, “Cannot you see I am working?”, however in the meantime he reaches behind her and takes it. Now and again, he replaces the lacking cake by eradicating it from the opposite tray. Ethical: in the long run the trainer ate however confirmed that he didn’t eat ».

“At his funeral, Valentina and I, to pay tribute to him, put two strains of cocaine within the coffin. We owed it to him.”

One other nice supporter of his was Eduardo De Filippo. Is that so?

«I’ll always remember that point when he got here to the theater and, in entrance of everybody, referred to as me “un shamma”, which in Neapolitan means “llama”. He was stunning, additionally as a result of he was the help of an simply attackable determine: a single girl, whom many continued to outline with malice. frank’s companion. However the whole lot was executed on this theater.

«In fact, within the packages devoted to kids. However we additionally did weddings. At the moment there’s a pool, debates are organized ».

Did not you go to ’68?

«No, quite the opposite, I sided with Paolo Grassi in opposition to those that challenged him. However, I, a Jew, had nice admiration for Cardinal Martini. At all times in opposition to the present

August 27, 2022 (change August 27, 2022 | 16:49)

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