Community, Performance and Regeneration Residency

Memory of a Drowning Landscape

Memory of a Drowning Landscape

Community, Performance and Regeneration Residency

Next Residency:  April 1-29th, 2017     Roma, Lesotho

In April, 2016 the first phase of an experiment to perform the resonance of place began in Lesotho, southern Africa.  Memory of a Drowning Landscape built on the work of the Split the Village project, trying to articulate the global threat of climate change by looking at local loss.

In collaboration with students and colleagues from the National University of Lesotho’s Theatre Unit, we began to explore the intangible cultural heritage* lost to communities visually, acoustically and orally along the flooded Phuthiatšana River Valley in rural Lesotho – the end result of the construction of the Metolong Dam.  We started by playing with ideas of giving and receiving directions to places that are dependent on disappearing landmarks and flexible concepts of time.  

 

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Work from Memory of a Drowning Landscape was presented at the American Studies Association Conference in Denver in November.