“My Land is a Suitcase” by Aude Lorrillard – 27, 28 & 29 April
Original and live music
Nirina Ralaivola & Aude Lorrillard
Deborah Erin Parini & Aude Lorrillard
My Land is a Suitcase (title borrowed from the Palestinian poet Mahmud Darwish) is a piece of travelling musical theatre about the emigration of a young woman who leaves her village – her homeland – to reach the city. During a performative odyssey, coloured by traditional song, the characters in this rural epic talk about the traditions of their ancestors and question modernity, which can transform them, forget them or reinvent them.
When the time comes to leave our land, which we have loved out of habit and hated out of boredom, what will we fill our suitcase with? What do we keep with ourselves? Despite ourselves? Do we recover our traditions elsewhere? Do we wish to recover them? Do we really have to leave? My Land is a Suitcase invites the audience to witness a departure, and as it follows the doubts and paths of the young woman, it raises the issue of transmission – and its transformations – across generations.