Tormentoso – December 12th, 2011

Dias Beach, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa – December 12, 2011, 7-8 am. 

Cabo de Tormentoso is the project Harmattan is creating at the site where Bartolomeu Dias landed for the first time at the tip of Africa. The idea for the piece was  generated by Djibril Diop Mambety’s statement that he makes films about his dreams. Mambety’s almost throw away statement is central to Harmattan Theater’s projects. Following what haunts me at the moment and creating images on landscapes that arise at particular moments in my subterranean thoughts presents the mise en scene for the theatrical event.

Cape of Good Hope is central to many of my dreams. It is a mythic place. An elemental place where many currents collide, converge, something transforms, something else emerges. It is a place of great calm and intensity. Everything is changed from that encounter where two oceans collide, creating the inverting currents.

Cabo de Tormentoso captures some of those turns in history and memory. It follows cultural obsessions with the moment of colonial violence- the moment when everything changed for people living at the tip of India, in Malabar, where Vasco da Gama first landed.

Creating a piece at this place where it all began as it were, a place of dreams for the Portugese – and hauntings for India, is what Cabo de Tormentoso, Cape of Storms, is all about.

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