About the show
Network New Digital Commissions
National Theatre Wales & Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
with BBC Cymru Wales & BBC Arts
Humans move, and are moved.
Bringing together an integrated company of disabled and non-disabled dancers from Wales, Ethiopia, England and Spain, Humans Move will explore how we hold fast to our sense of self, when the world around us is so uncertain and shifting…
Welsh choreographer Jessie splits her time between Wales and Ethiopia, and brings people from both cultures together through her work. While they are separated – physically and geographically – Jessie and her performers will connect in movement through a digital space, expanding our horizons as we watch them move, allowing us to connect all our isolated worlds through the screen, and remember what fundamentally makes us human.
Until we can meet again in person, this is a live dance performance that we can all enjoy – in a digital space – together.
Poem by Edom Baheru
This is the first time you have had to see through my glasses
on to the world you used to destroy
I know, you think this is unfair
how can this be happening?
no no, how can this be happening.. to you?
lets be honest, nothing is ever “fair”
Freedom has always been a democracy for you. As long as enough people have their voices, mine could stay stifled.
The cards dealt to me counted on your silence. and you abode.
You watched, witnessed, and let your silence allow it.
My vail was never just a vail. but either a head bag of a victim or the ski mask of a terrorist
My movement, not an expression, rather an attack.
I was locked in my own head. left to battle the demons in my name. mourning your absence in solitude. sending a voice of solidarity. a voice you were too ashamed to extend. yet, you were welcome here. in fact, you were expected.
you left me no choice but to claim back the stolen breath you took. In it, I would build a utopia. From there, I would observe your struggles.
Tantrums of a child that has not known four walls, Looking at its own self and panicking at what it has found.
Time kept moving,
You kept Moving,
I sat still. in the corner you forgot me in. The utopia I built for us. Its quiet here. In tune with my inner silence..Time moves at it’s own pace here. And life is as demanding for its existence as your own. And you, are welcome! expected, in fact.
and when i woke up to find you here, i was thrilled.
for you, for us, for lives you favored,
There is no noise to hide your silence, nor my screams
there is no smoke to suffocate your breath
there is no buy out to cover your murder
no corpses here to hide bodies under,
no, you’ll need to learn how things go
there is no rush here, we can be thorough
here, there is only still silence
and an inhale, is not silent
not the way you are,
truth moves here,
it doesnt need a movement
i would no longer have to mumble
For while outside this window, i were not allowed to talk
here, what i freely do is speak!