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Children of the Wind - Sebastiano Spinella

Children of the Wind

In the performance the circus artist, performer and teacher Sebastiano Spinella talks about his own life. His own identity is still uncertain as the presumably Roma origin of his grandmother was concealed by the family. At the age of 17, the protagonist, the black sheep of the family, ran away and travelled all over Europe as a musician and as a circus artist. He worked with Antonioni. In 2000, he went to Norway where he learnt that Roma people were tortured in the country during the 20
th century, because as they people thought that sterilisation and lobotomy are useful. Afterwards After, the artist returned to Italy to work with Roma children. Almost nobody believed in these kids except for from him, he founded a musical band with the stateless youngsters living in segregated ghettos.

"When the Blue Car arrived with a tail of dozens of journalists, Svonko was the first to shake hands with the Minister under the flashes of the photographs.
“Hello Minister! My name is Svonko Djordjevic, and I’m born in Italy. I'm Italian but I have no citizenship, soon I’ll be 18 and I will be expelled to Serbia, I’ve never been there, I don’t know nobody, I’ve never been out of Italy!"


Writer, Performer:Sebastiano Spinella
Translator (Hungarian):Viktória Kondi
Premiered:2018, Roma Heroes – II. International Roma Storytelling Festival, Budapest, Hungary



Sebastian Spinella was born in Italy in 1965, at the age of 8, together with his family they moved to Denmark.  and then moved to Denmark with his family at the age of 8. He is fluent in Italian and Danish, he and also speaks French, Spanish and English. During his lifetime, He he travelled throughout the world, learning about a wide variety of cultures, languages, and branches of art, and to play on playing countless instruments. He is a versatile, self-taught artist: a musician, a mime and circus artist. As an educator, he fights for social equality with the means of art education. He began working with children, mostly stateless ones, living in the Gordian camp in Rome in 2002, and soon after that he founded a musical formation called ‘Sarábanda’ with the young people.

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‘The performer uses the elements of theater and circus art, talks about his social community work with the genre of storytelling: artistic education of young people living in the gypsy settlement, talent management, theater as a social, political act, statal promises, regulations that want to assimilate instead of integration, altogether, his own journey from theater to community work.’


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