Sol&Arte 2013 – Guimarães,Portugal – 29.8-5.9- youth exchange in Drums for Peace

 

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Sol&Arte…Soare&Arta

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de Cristian Ionescu

Un titlu de proiect scurt si simplu, dar totusi reuseste sa cuprinda in totalitate esenta Portugaliei. Pentru mine aceasta  a fost prima si singura de pana acum experienta   in patria lusitanilor. Am facut parte din norocosul grup romanesc de 8 persoane condus de Mihai care au luat parte la aceasta aventura. La plecare, nu cunosteam aproape pe nimeni, cu unii dintre ei am facut cunostiinta la aeroport. Cu toate acestea, in scurt timp grupul nostru a devenit omogen si in acel moment am stiut ca „ostirea” romaneasca se va integra perfect in multimea de participanti la schimbul intercultural. La acest proiect au mai participat grupuri din Estonia, Italia, Islanda, Letonia, Suedia si bineinteles tara gazda, Portugalia.

Ca sa fiu exact, schimbul intercultural a avut loc in Guimaraes, un oras istoric si emblematic pentru portughezi, aici nascandu-se primul lor rege. Inca din primul moment in care am pasit pe strazile orasului, am simtit caldura emanata de oras, mai ales in piata centrala unde forfota din serile de weekend te absorbea cu totul in acea stare de bine , de fericire. Spre sansa noastra, cazarea a fost amplasata chiar in inima orasului , la o distanta masurabila in pasi fata de acest loc feeric.

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     Odata ajunsi cu totii, ne-am adunat in efectiv complet  si am format primul cerc al proiectului. Aici am avut ocazia de a intra intr-un prim contact cu toti participantii, fiecare prezentandu-se, spunand tara de provenienta, ce asteptari are de la proiect  si cel mai esential, ce asteptari avem de la noi insine pentru acest proiect. Dupa aceasta introducere au urmat jocuri care au avut scopul de a ne binedispune si totodata de a ne apropia unii de ceilalti. Atat de utile au fost cercul si jocurile incat in fiecare zi aveam cel putin o repetitie. Cum deja gheata a fost sparta, a urmat prezentarea atelierelor. In acest proiect, participantii au avut cinci optiuni: Muzica, Dans, Masti&Teatru , Tobe Africane si Movement. Daca as fi putut as fi mers la toate, dar din pacate acest lucru nu s-a putut. Prezentarile fiind facute, grupul de proiect s-a impartit in cinci.

A doua zi am trecut la treaba ( sau mai pe romaneste: am intrat in paine).  In doar doua zile aveam de pregatit un spectacol. Timp putin, trebuia exploatat la maximum. Muzicienii au avut un inceput furtunos. De la liceul unde tineam cercul de dimineata au mers legati la ochi pana la locul unde aveau instrumentele ( unele mai conventionale, altele mai deloc-ligheane,farfurii de metal sau cuva de masina de spalat). Eu sunt de parere ca acest exercitiu a avut un impact extraordinar deoarece fiind pusi in situatia de a merge impreuna in sir indian  au fost obligati sa aiba incredere unii in ceilalti fara macar sa se cunoasca. Acestia se deplasau dupa sunet, Gui si Ricardo ( trainerii) ghidand grupul avand grija sa nu li se intample ceva. Ce mi se pare fascinant este multitudinea de scopuri pe care o poate avea acest exercitiu. Pe langa apropierea grupului acesta testa temeinic si urechea muzicala si deplasarea catre sursa unui sunet. Trecand mai departe, urmeaza atelierul de dans condus de Pako (cel mai zambaret si neobosit dintre toti) care a avut cei mai numerosi participanti si o reprezentatie foarte inchegata, sincronizarea  lor parand veche de ani , nu de doar doua zile. Masti&Teatru…. cred ca este de departe cel mai amuzant numar al spectacolului. Neutilizand vorbirea cu sens, acestia au reusit sa creeze scenete de pantomima unde efectiv te prapadeai de ras. Totusi, ceva anume a iesit in evidenta, dupa parerea mea. Acest lucru ar fi o scena in care toti stau la o masa, asezati asemanator cu  cei din tabloul lui Da Vinci, Cina cea de taina. Aparent, totul este normal, dar iluzia este repede risipita cand personajului central ii este servita o rola de hartie igienica care lanseaza o dezbatere intr-un limbaj necunoscut noua. Tot ce putem retine din acea conversatie este Bananaiana, posibil un nume de stat, dar cert este ca acest cuvant a devenit simbolic pentru acest atelier. Penultimul atelier este cel de tobe africane. Nu sunt multe spus, dar si acum cand imi amintesc acele ritmuri vad africani in fata mea.

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Am lasat la urma atelierul de Movement, tradus in romana ar insemna miscare,dar acesta a insemnat mai mult de atat. Nu exista haos, armonia dintre membrii era perfecta, miscarile lor nefiind de dans,dar totusi coordonate si cu insemnatate.Pe acesta il consider cel mai special atelier dintre toate pentru ca imbina elemente variate si intotdeauna lasa loc de ceva nou.

Spectacolul a avut loc in piata centrala, in seara de marti a proiectului. Nu a fost o zi de weekend,dar lumea s-a inghesuit sa ne vada.  Totul a decurs perfect, chiar mai bine ca la repetitii. Finalul a fost unul mai mult decat potrivit dupa parerea mea. Muzicienii au cantat un dans popular portughez si au invitat audienta la joc. Nu exista mod mai bun de a interactiona cu acestia!

Programul a fost unul incarcat, dar totusi lejer, intotdeauna avand timp pentru toate. In ziua premergatoare spectacolului am facut un tur al orasului in care un ghid ne-a explicat foarte multe despre incarcatura istorica a orasului si despre ce planuri de viitor au. Am vazut un castel medieval, am vazut rezervoare de apa, mai multe piete micute cu cate o fantana fiecare care candva au fost parcari, iar acum sunt locuri de intalnire pentru oameni de toate varstele . Distractia a fost la ordinea zilei. Pe langa cele 6 ore de lucru pe zi la ateliere aveam serile in care toata lumea iesea in piata centrala si vorbeam aproape fiecare cu fiecare. Acest proiect mi-a dovedit inca o data  cat de folositoare sunt experientele pe care le dobandesti si cum niste gesturi mici isi pot pune amprenta atat de adanc asupra ta. Inveti despre cultura, arta  si modul de viata al celorlalti. Te  schimba ca om, devii mai bun si cu toate ca sunt suparat ca s-a terminat, ma bucur din tot sufletul ca s-a intamplat. Suntem sume experientelor noaste!

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    Sol&Arte…Sun&Art. A short and simple title, yet it fully covers the essence of Portugal. For me  this was the first experience  in the lusitanian country. I was a member of the lucky 8 person group led by Mihai who took part in this adventure. At departure, I had not met almost anybody before, I introduced myself  for the first time  at the airport. However, in a short period of time, our group became homogeneous and in that very moment I knew the Romanian fyrd will fit perfectly in the participants group. The other participant countries were: Estonia, Italy, Iceland, Latvia, Sweden and of course, Portugal.     

      To be exact, the youthexchange took place in Guimaraes, an historical and emblematic city for the Portuguese, the birthplace of their first king. Since the first moment I stepped down its  streets I felt the warmth emanated by the city, especially in the central square where the bustle from weekend evenings was absorbing you entirely in a state of happiness and joy. To our luck, the accommodation was situated right in the heart of the city, only footsteps away from the central square.       

     As everybody arrived, we all gathered and formed the first circle of the project. Here I had the opportunity to interact for the first time with the participants, each one presenting himself, saying the country of origin, their expectations about the exchange and most importantly, their expectations about themselves for the project. After the introduction, we played some games which had the purpose of bringing us together and have fun at the same time. Ice being broken, the workshops presentation followed. In this exchange, participants had five options: Music, Dance, Masks&Theatre, African Percussion and Movement. If I could have, I would have chosen all but unfortunately this was not possible.  Presentations being made, the exchange group splitted in five.

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        Next day we started work. In just two days we had to prepare an entire performance. The musicians started in full throttle. From the high school where the circles where held they had to walk blindfolded to the rehearsing place ( they had a wide area of choice in instruments from the usual guitar and piano to the bizarre plates, bowls or even  a washing machine tub). I believe this exercise had a tremendous impact because they had to trust each other without knowing who they are. They had to follow the sounds made by Gui and Ricardo ( workshop leaders), who guided the group safely through the town. What I find fascinating is the multipurpose of this exercise. Besides bringing the group together, it really tested your ear and your capacity to find the source of the sound. Moving on, there is the dance workshop leaded by Pako ( always with a smile on his face and never tired) who had the most numerous group and a very strong performance, their coordination looking like years old not days. Mask&Theatre…. definitely the funniest part of the performance. Without using any understandable words, they managed to create short plays where one could laugh until crying. Anyway, a scene was standing out from the others. I am referring to a scene where everybody was sitting at table imitating the Last Supper. Although initially everything looked perfectly normal , the illusion faded away as a butler comes in with a role of toilet paper for the main character who goes in an intense debate with the others in an unknown language. Everything one can remember from that conversation is the name Bananaiana, possibly a name for a country, but it surely became a symbol of this workshop. Next is African Percussion. Not much to say but even now when I hear the rhythms I see African people around me. The last one is movement. There was no chaos, the harmony between the participants was full, they did not dance but had  coordonated moves  with meaning. I consider this to be the most special workshop of them all because it combines a lot of elements and there is always place for something new.

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   The show was performed in the main square, the Tuesday evening of the exchange. It wasn’t weekend but people came in great numbers. Everything went perfectly, even better than the rehearsals. The show ended graciously with a Portuguese traditional song played by the musicians(it was called Bailarico)  and the others invited the  audience to a  dance which I believe is the perfect way to interact with the spectators.

     The schedule was full but loose enough to have time for everything. In the day before the show we made a tour of the city with a guide who explained the historical richness of the area and about their future plans to rehabilitate the town. We have seen an medieval castle, ancient water reservoirs, more squares with fountains where people of all ages meet which a few years ago where parking places. Fun was always on the menu. Besides the 6 hours time in the workshops, we had the evenings spent in our giant socializing room, the central square,  and we told stories and shared life experience.  This exchange proved me once again how useful these experiences can be  and how some little gestures can affect you deeply. You learn about the culture, the art and the way of life the others have. It changes you as a human being, you became a better person. Although I am upset it ended, I am extremely happy it happened. We are the sum of our experiences!

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2 thoughts on “Sol&Arte 2013 – Guimarães,Portugal – 29.8-5.9- youth exchange in Drums for Peace

  1. Uuuuuuooooouuuuuuuu!!!….. Accept my thanks for your generous words. Me too, I was a lucky member of this adventure. Tight hug, Mariana

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