«Warce» Theatre: between cultural activism and artistic aspiration
Faculty of Economy University of Coimbra, Portugal/ PHD Student. Coimbra, Portugal
2010 will be determinant for it is the end of the Second Decade for Eradication of Colonialism. It will also be the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures. Decolonization, as complex process, calls for the rehabilitation of some of the unachieved proposals of European Modernity. One of such proposals was human emancipation in its economic, social, cultural and artistic features. If one agrees that the aesthetics-expressive manifestations (the arts in general and the theatre in particular), can be seminal to (new) emancipatory skills/practices, one could also understand that any decolonizing process needs to be fed by the respect to nature matters and from the plural insights of human knowledges/thoughts of the globe. To fully proceed with the decolonization of territory, respecting people?s values/dignity, is to assume cultural/artistic diversity and to grant epistemological validation of such diversity in the world.
With the proposed paper I will present «m.a.r.e.s.», a barter residence held in Benguela-Angola-Africa, as a strategy of developing an artistic practice-constellation: a «warce» theatre that requires the reformulation of inadequate and inherited binaries like body and spirit, me and the other, feminine and masculine, love and hate, war and peace.