Aleksandros Memetaj



Aleksandros Memetaj

What struck me about this story was the difficulty of the search for an identity, as well as the journey and the determination of the father to try and secure a future for his wife and child. The relationship between father and son is very strong in the text, and it makes the story universal. We worked on it by trusting the text, trying to stay away from any self-serving aesthetic choices and unnecessary sentimentalities, without music or dramatic lighting. I tried to put Aleksandros in the most uncomfortable position possible; alone, trapped by his own limitations, almost in a cage, searching for redemption by telling a story that becomes cathartic for him and therefore for us. His fundamental activity as an actor isn’t just that of telling the story of his past, but rather that of conjuring up in himself the desire to take a leap which, after an hour-long show, will allow him to embrace the audience. The same leap his parents took twenty- four years ago, after climbing a thirteen-foot wall, while holding a five-month old infant and being threatened by policemen with guns. The story of “Sweet Home Albania” can be a good antidote to the depression and the crises that we are crudely faced with and forced to deal with every day. The leap those three humans took from that wall is an invitation to not be despondent and to not be afraid of starting over, even when everything seems lost.

Aleksandros Memetaj

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