Collettivo InternoEnki is named after the Sumerian god who represents wisdom, but it's an ironic double-entendre: Inter nos enki (between there is wisdom) or Inter no enki (between us no wisdom). The collective formed around the charismatic figure of Terry Paternoster, who, while still at university, had taken over the running of a small provincial theatre in Canale Monterano, under the guidance of maestro Vito Cipolla. It was the year 2000, and this little theatre immediately managed to establish itself as a vital reality and endear itself to the public. Despite this, however, eight years later it would close, providing the impetus to found the Collettivo InternoEnki.
Its headquarters in the early days was one of Rome's squatted social centres: Zona Rischio. Assisted by Donato Parternoster, Terry's rehearsals are like jam sessions. Theirs is an “in-civil” theatre – a counterinformation tool, outside the “rhetoric of good morals”. Their “unfinished first work”, as they like to call it, was La iatta mammona, a show inspired by a true story which was covered up by the Vatican, which was selected for the 2012 Napoli Fringe Festival, while M.E.D.E.A. Big Oil, a piece protesting the disruption caused by oil drilling in Basilicata, won the 2013 Premio Scenario per Ustica.
The collective practices a type of drama far from “overt rules” – more irreverent and "anti-grammatical" than experimental. Their idea of politics as theatre is inspired by the collective participation which was typical of the Polis, an idea which is also courageously “crazy” for an company which is independent but unafraid to work with large numbers of actors. To emphasize this choral aspect, Terry Paternoster also conducts an “orchestral dramaturgy” workshop with the students of the La Sapienza University in Rome. Terry's latest challenge is the web series Welcome to Italy, centred around Radio Baobab, an independent radio station run by citizens of foreign origin.
The story has been written by Christian e Veronica Raimo, writers.