Afrovibes: Pak Ndjamena (MZ) - Deus nos Acudi
In 'Deus Nos Acudi', the Mozambican choreographer Pak Ndjamena investigates how traditions and the cultural context in which we live determine our attitude towards others. What are our physical and emotional possibilities to find freedom and security in a world full of traditions, symbols, consumer culture and racial differences? A world born out of our colonial history? The performance can be seen in Frascati.
Deus nos Acudi
Ndjamena asks whether our body is free or bound. Is our body original and autonomous or are our body's experiences and identity influenced by the cultural pattern in which we find ourselves? To what extent is our body's movement, posture and response to the environment influenced by traditions, oral traditions, symbols and texts that surround us? How do our traditions influence our attitude towards others?
Ndjamena: 'There are times when everything is black and we cannot see, we feel life like a deep dream. When we wake up we are a body in a physical world with traditions, symbols, rituals in which we feel feelings of fear, pain, alienation but also of connection. In which racial differences empower some people and marginalize others'.
Deus Nos Acudi is the live dance version of a dance film previously made by Ndjamena. Previously on view at LALANBIK Temps Fort Maputo 2021, French Cultural Center Maputo 2022.
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