The man who did not see the whale pass by

Inspired by the authors Janusz Korczak and Fernando Pessoa, Mozambican choreographer and dancer Panaibra Gabriel Canda deals with the different worlds and perceptions of adults and children and with lost or buried utopias.

There is a connection between me and the other me, like the wormhole that connects the Dragon´s triangle with the Bermuda Triangle. A connection between I, the eye of the camera and the projected image. It resembles our society in which there is a pressure between the I and the other´s expectations that sometimes imposes the projection of  another me. But what is this other me?

There is a misunderstanding between the rational thinking of mankind and his irrationality: a silent scream that appeals to the crowd, a blind look that sees a landscape, a mutilated movement that reaches into the void, an odorless smell that suffocates the environment, a tasteless taste that stings on the tongue; a mind that inhabits the subconscious of a consciousness which condones democratic dictatorships by inhabiting the inertia of the presumed freedom of a life dead in time!

This is the man from the sea, who did not see the whale pass by, did not hear the whale song, did not feel the salt of the water, let alone the movement of the wave. This man lives here, in this world where heroes turn into villains, liberators into exploiters, ideologies into faith, religion into politics, wars into business, governments into oppressors, boundaries into walls, securities into uncertainties. Yes, here is the man who contaminates the earth to live on the moon – without gravity or oxygen. Welcome! (Panaibra Gabriel Canda)

Duration: ca. 60 min.

A production by Panaibra Gabriel Canda/CulturArte.

This production is technically and artistically based on different video-and-dance-collaborations of Panaibra Canda/CulturArte and Walter Verdin/Videolepsia in Maputo and Brussels (2007-2018), supported by the Belgian Technical Cooperation and the Government of Flanders. Special thanks to the French Mozambican Cultural Center (CCFM)-Maputo, Kaaitheater-Brussels and Hellerau-Dresden.