In 2011 Amadou Sarr, whom I worked with several times, brought us – cinemaphotographer Jonas Mortensen and me –to his childhood village, Kerr Amadou, in Gambia. Six years past before I showed the footage to Saidou Ndiaye, who is a playwright and director for the theatre group Kadu Yaraak in Dakar, Senegal. He laughed and said that these recordings had been waiting for him. Saidou translated the footage and “extracted a script” from the improvisations which had been performed in the garden. Together we created the structure for The Play, the Actors, the Improvisation.
„The Play“ shows a theatrical performance by the Gambian theater group Dental. „The Actors“ is a recorded conversation with the actors about the play and their role. In some moments, however, the actors change to the role they have in the play, even in conversation. They juxtapose the presence of the play and their own reflection. „The Improvisation“takes place in a vegetable garden. Here the theatre group improvises a drama about a fight between two parties for water from a well.
The women of Dental use theater as a means of conveying traditions and as an arena for discussing and negotiating potential change.
“The Play, the Actor, the Improvisation” is a collaboration with the actors of Dental, Amadou Sarr and Saidou Ndiaye.
At the show „I slipped into my first metamorphosis so quietly that no one noticed“ at Den Frie in Copenhagen the work was shown as a double projection together with the work „Stage-curtain“.