“I consider myself literally in the streets and on this street theater has always been my life. In this long journey between faith and art, I have decided to try my hand at the greatest challenge: on stilts I made a spiritual journey to Santiago”. This is Julio Fota, 45, an exceptional theater actor, a talented street artist and an elementary school teacher. An artist in all respects, an eclectic and complete actor, he made art a reason to live and now decided to set out for Santiago, taking with him the pillars with which he traveled throughout Europe.
Julio Fota She will leave L’Aquila in mid-June, two years after starting The art sector crisis resulting from the epidemic. He will go to Santiago where he will cross on stilts the last 200 km of the journey. “After a dark period – explain Julio Fota Al capital – I wanted to try to create a journey of faith as important and profound as the one you’re making by going to Santiago with my crew. Obviously, I won’t be able to do everything: I have to go back to work and rehearse for a show in L’Aquila this summer as part of the review I Cantieri dell’Immaginario. 200 km will gather thirty years of age.”
Julio Fota’s career began at the age of 16, in L’Aquila, his hometown, at the historic San Filippo Theater run by Egg where he enrolled in the acting techniques course. He has a long and intense career behind him during which he has amassed a lot of satisfaction. The real chaos began with the circus Lires Colombian, “one of the most famous circus families of central Italy, a historical family of traditional clowns, known throughout the world as masters of the comic movement.” The Colombians have worked with Italian monsters like Federico Fellini and Dario Fo And also with theater repairmen such as Jerzy Grotowski or Eugenio Barba. “Our circus was without animals, there were men and their professionalism. Magicians, acrobats, clowns … they made me work, they trained me, and in return I gave my character. I lived in a small caravan and followed them around Italy “. After the circus, there is also an internship abroad: She decided to move to Denmark, where she studied theater for three years, and stay there for short periods with Barba’s company. It’s been a tough, fulfilling years, but it’s still a daunting task. You often only got room and food in return, and for me, who wanted to be independent, it wasn’t easy. Now that I’m 45 and have an eight-year-old son, I consider myself lucky and will do it again, because apprenticeships are essential for an artist or any professional.”
After Denmark, which is central to his squad, was also the meeting with Proskinion Theater, a company that manufactures improvisation and research theater, based in Reggio Calabria. “I had this opportunity thanks to the cooperation with the University of L’Aquila, with the Head of the Department of Theater Studies at the Department of Ferdinando Taviani and Mirella Chino“.
Back in L’Aquila Julio, after the April 6 2009 earthquake, it was held with Cecilia Crociani Casa del Teatro is a real reference point with many activities, especially for the little ones. “Even if the collaboration with Casa del Teatro ended a few years ago, it was a wonderful, educational and important experience that made me understand how important it is to have youngsters engage with art from an early age. For me, art and theater are real, primitive and unique needs!” Along with the theater, for Giulio there is also a great love for music. “Two almost complementary art forms, which go well together. I play different instruments, and I combine them, because for me music is magic, it is a therapy, it touches the strings of the soul.”
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There is music and art driving Julio’s choice to go to Santiago on stilts: but there has also been a pandemic to create this need. “It was tough years for everyone: the lack of work, the black crisis that hit the entertainment sector, forced thousands of people out of work for almost two years. So I am climbing on stilts to see the world… from another perspective. It will be a relatively short journey, driven by the deep support of all My colleagues who were not so fortunate that I could continue to work on the salary of substitutes at school, when the theatre, cinema and music had ceased. We artists were considered second-class workers, useless and invalid citizens. I managed not to give up because I had a school: it was not It is the same for many. In the theater there are not only actors, there are costume designers, operators, technicians and sound engineers: thousands of people who had to cross their arms and after two years still cannot start again properly. I had to do it, I owe it to myself, I owe it to that little boy who at the age of 16 shyly stepped onto the stage of San Filippo and I owe it to my 8-year-old who needed me and I support, even financially. Our sector in these two years has not received any help except for ‘tips’ really which is not fair. We are first human beings, with dignity, and above all, we have the right to be able to work after years of study and professional training.”
“It will be a special pilgrimage, showing my artistic faith, a faith that even the pandemic has not been able to break. We need art, beautiful objects and live performances to practice healthy social contact. It is good for the heart, mind and soul,” J.includes.
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