The Face of the Other 

The Silent Play uses in theatrical terms tourist radio guides as tools for the theatrical piece, separating them from their usual and traditional artistic, museum and historical circuits.
The Silent Play produces performances, traveling shows, projects of memory investigation; it stages urban and architectural spaces and tries to be a valid tool to discuss civil society and those issues that no longer need academic spaces, especially in youth environments.
All we need is: a group of spectators, a theatrical conductor, and the radio guides.
We wear wireless headphones and open our ears and eyes. We move our steps following a new rhythm.
The play starts with adventure and space changes. The soundtrack helps us to discover details, to listen to the hidden harmony of a place and to the low voices, covered by the background noise of everyday life.
The play is realized with the Silent Play technique, a theatrical, interactive, poetic and playful audio guide, which creates, for the whole duration of the experience, a small moving community, protagonist of a widespread show that is at the same time a playful performance and a project of investigation, memory and cause of reflection.

Description of the track

The Face of the Other – Silent Play

Co-produced by Caritas Internationalis and La Piccionaia, in collaboration with the association Non dalla Guerra.
The project is coordinated by Carlo Presotto, with Paola Rossi, Giovanni Zambon and Tommaso Carrieri.


The theatrical piece was created in collaboration with the representatives of youth groups of Caritas Egypt, Luxembourg, England, Lebanon/Middle East, El Salvador, United States, and Brazil.


“The face of the other” is an interactive performance; through the technique of Silent Play, it stages a cause for reflection that comes from the recent work of Caritas Internationalis on the topics of migration flows and encounter between different cultures.


“The piece aims to give a perspective that looks far beyond inter-culturalism – a term which has become quite abused in its use – and beyond the more recent term of trans-culturalism; the piece shows that it is possible to create a future civil society in which it is hopeful to “integrate, dialogue and generate” (from the 25th Caritas/Migrantes immigration report, 2015) only by placing mankind at the centre of our thoughts, not considered as single individuals, but in dialogue with the other.
It is a cause reflection addressed to our society, too “used to a culture of indifference”; and this is the reason why we need to “work and ask for the grace to build a culture of encounter, of this fruitful encounter, this encounter that returns to each person their dignity as children of God, the dignity of living” according to the words of Pope Francis.


The 250 spectators wear the radio guides, through which they receive instructions and listen to the track. They are free to choose whether to participate or not; they are then led to perform simple physical actions, such as moving towards the other participants. For the participants, this is a test: a test to see to what extent they can accept the challenge of meeting each other, to what extent they can be questioned by their presence.


A particular innovative dimension of the theatrical process resides in the involvement of a series of groups (the Italian association Non dalla Guerra, the representatives of Caritas Internationalis from Egypt, Luxembourg, England, Lebanon/Middle East, El Salvador, United States, and Brazil); the collaboration aims to focus on the issue, through a process of key-words’ gathering, and aspires to test how the various actions proposed by the track can have different impacts on different cultures.


The project derives from an exercise of writing a theatrical piece realized in collaboration with different realities with the scope of putting together a group of young people from various countries of the world, enhancing the diversity of approaches.


The result, then reworked by Carlo Presotto and his team, is then returned to this international community on the occasion of the World Youth Day in Panama, in a meeting with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, President of Caritas Internationalis.
After the presentation at the World Youth Day, the performance will be available and free for local communities in Italy and abroad, in order to create a real involvement in the participants in terms of diversity and reception.


The Silent Play is an innovative form of communication, which uses a combination of theatrical techniques that derive from physical theatre, forum theatre and participatory theatre; through the professional experience of the creators, it helps to create communication and dialogue in a diverse audience of young people in regards of a complex and polysemic topic, raising questions and inviting to an individual and collective understanding.

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