I recently had the privilege of attending the third Tantidhatri Festival, a Magdalena festival held in different locations in India since 2012. This time, from 15 to 20 January 2019, Tantidhatri was held at Rabindra Tirtha – an arts centre dedicated to the poet and philosopher Ranbindranath Tagore.
I’d like to share a few thoughts following my participation in Mestiza Chile Festival 2018, organised around “Memory and Resistance”, an important theme in this tumultuous time, just after the Brazilian elections, and the rise of the extreme-right elsewhere including in Australia.
Sun over Santiago. Tears from a young man dripping down on the glass frame whilst listening to Salvador Allende's last words to the people, broadcasted from Radio Magallanes. A visit to Museo de Memoria is heartshaking.
Sun over Santiago. Theater about mothers. Theatre about maltreatment and abuse. Conference about networks and solidarity. Dance-performance in the pool at Parque Quinta Normal. A brown dog jumps into the water with the redclad dancer.
Thaís Ivana de Medeiros and I had many gentle collaborations in Magdalena Munich: my recording of spoken Shakespeare for her show; some text she wrote composed into a song for her to sing; and a story about a truth/lie from her life has become a song in our latest group song theatre show TRUTH, told in speech, song, light and movement.
Summer started in Belgrade quite unexpectedly, already at the end of April. We moved from winter directly to tropical summer and while we at DAH Theatre are in the whirlwind of activities - performing, fundraising, teaching, touring - we wonder often where are we. The heat and humidity reminds me of Rio, or maybe Atlanta or Havana.