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Many participants, especially Africans, were of course not familiar with the novel of ‘Pinocchio’ and so the presence of the Italian mediators was of fundamental importance. They often used English or French which could be understood by the migrant members, without the risk of creating the asymmetry mentioned above thanks to their similar ages and roles within the workshop. Mediation was also carried out by those migrants who had decided to repeat the theatrical experience after having tried it the previous year. Their willingness to be an active part in the dialogue with the new members, who often suffered from the same disorientation which they had experienced themselves the year before, bears true witness to how the theatre can nurture and mature skills through “horizontal” dynamics that are not derived from imposed practice. The theatre is able, therefore, to develop knowledge generated by continuous processes of self- awareness, which can then be instinctively applied to others in a social context. Once Pinocchio’s drive for freedom had been affirmed, it became a symbol of possible redemption from a condition of temporary discomfort, an opportunity for oneself and for others to change, to overturn common opinion. This was a passage from the show that was recited by an Italian girl and a Gambian boy, each in their own language: I do not want to stay here, I want to go one step further. I do not want to stay still. I do not want to be in my wooden skin. Iamnotinmyskin. I am not in the things you say to me. I am not here and not there either, if you tell me I have to be here or there. I am where I want to be, and even when I’m there I want to move. I do not want be with my back straight. I do not want to be with my back bent. I don’t even know how I want to be, because I want to change. Always change, change clothes, change hair, change friends, change the time I have to get up and the time I have to go to bed, change my point of view on things, change other people’s points of view on things, !58

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THE PROMISED LAND: Intercultural Learning with Refugees and Migrants  

Project e-book for THE PROMISED LAND - a cross-sectoral project funded by the Erasmus + programme of the European Union. The book explores...

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