Actor (Dakar, Senegal, 6.16.1945)
Born in Dakar, Senegal, in 1945, Mamadou Dioume graduated at Institut National des Arts du Sénégal (INAS) where he got the first award “Prix de tragédie” and played numerous relevant roles. In 1968 he was noted for his performance as Creon in Jean Anouilh’s Antigone: for this role, he could be admitted in Théatre National Daniel Sorano, where he worked until 1984 under the direction of Raymond Hermantier, companion of Jean Vilar. In March 1984 Mamadouu was remarked by Peter Brook who invited him to play the role of Bhima, the son of the wind with a prodigious strength in his staging of Mahābhārata. He will be cast in this role in the English and French version during the theatrical world tour that took place until 1988. After that, he had that same role in the film version, released in 1990. He continued later his collaboration with Peter Brook and the company CICT, playing in other theatrical productions, among which La Tragédie de Carmen, Woza Albert, The Tempest. He staged several productions all over the world and in Italy (Turin, Naples, Florence, Naples, Bologna, and so on). Since 1991 he directs workshops and masterclasses to transmit his acting experience. He collaborates with several associations and directs Centro di Creazione Teatrale Internazionale “Policardia Teatro”, based in Versilia region.
Since late 1969 he had roles in film and TV productions, mostly in Senegal and in France: It is worth mentioning Ceddo (Sembene Ousmane, 1977), Coup de torchon (Bertrand Tavernier, 1981), Black mic mac (Thomas Gilou, 1986). He played also the role of Philippe Moreau, the father of Othello (Aurelien Gaya) in Shakespearian free adaptation Iago by Volfango De Biasi (2009) and featured as himself in Louis Nero’s Il mistero di Dante (2014).
Iago (Volfango De Biasi, 2009, ff, act), Il mistero di Dante (Louis Nero, 2014, ff, act)
Frame taken from:
Iago. Dir. Volfango De Biasi. Medusa Film, Ideacinema S.r.l., Cattleya, Sky, 2009.
Contributors: Leonardo De Franceschi, with Giovanna Di Martino and Renato Loriga
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