Pippo Delbono is an Italian actor, playwright and director. He has worked with Pina Bausch, and with the Farfa group led by Nagel Rasmussen in Denmark, and has studied in Japan, Burma, and Bali. His two plays Il Silenzio (Silence) and Racconti di Giugno (Tales of June) were presented at the International Festival of Buenos Aires in September 2007.
In the first part of this interview, Pippo tells KadmusArts about his various theatrical experiences and how they influenced the way he conceives theater today. He talks about the sense of choreography of Silence, a play based on memories connected to the earthquake that devastated Gibellina in 1968; about how and why he included a former intern of a mental institution and a person with Down Syndrome in his plays; and how theater has become a bourgeois institution, and the problems this generates. In the second part of the interview, Delbono answers some critical comments from the public, and discusses the influence of masters like Dante, Pasolini and Fellini in his works. Finally, he tells us about his autobiographical play Tales of June, which deals with death, and how by forgetting about it we are actually forgetting about life itself.