Inspired by the novel ‘Timbuktu’ by Paul Auster
The “Timbuktu” project is a theatrical experiment in which dogs play the main role on the stage, instead of human performers. The idea coming from a novel by Paul Auster bearing the same name, “Timbuktu” is meant for everyone from 11 to 77, with special emphasis on children and youth. However, instead of a fairy-like fiction, “Timbuktu” uses the strategies of a documentary theater, that is, it presents on stage elements directly taken from reality. Avoiding conventional theatrical narration, this peculiar performance offers an answer to the impossible question: what sort of world formulates the storytelling of one to whom speech is usually deprived? At the same time, the voice is metaphorically transferred to all the socially rejected; the persons living an invisible and silent existence outside of the social order. In this sense “Timbuktu” provides a therapeutic insight into how not to interpret democracy solely through our rights, but also through responsibility and solidarity toward others.