My love, remember that you are mine
Original title: Mon amour, souviens-toi que tu es à moi
Original language: French, Wolof
Where: Dakar – Senegal
Institutions: KimpaVita – Ecofeminist festival, CECE – civic engagement & community empowerment
Video: watch the video here
Performance by Marilena Crosato with Marilena Crosato, Bamba Diagne, Moussa Kalamou and Jean Jacques Toue.
Original music by Alice Cusi.
Photography by Jean-baptiste Joire (1 to 8) and Smo-Prod (9)
Video by Kevin Aubert
Graphic Design by Julie Sauerwein
“My love remember that you are mine” is a performance addressing the ambiguity of love and possession. A universal tale that invites the audience to question the instruments of control used by those in power and the actions capable of disabling them, through their genuineness.
A woman blindfolds herself as she plunges into a world of imagination; she listens. She begins by telling the story of a slave who confronts her master with an act of peaceful resistance: silence.
Her pertinacity of unspoken words unintentionally seduces the man.
Eventually, the predictable gender role behaviors of the master transcend into a different space where a connection is plausible.
Silence and its opposite, white noise, are the themes of the music composition. Like silence, white noise encapsulates every sound, working as a barrier that protects and yet sets apart.
This text, which is my first written piece, comes anew in Dakar 10 years later thanks to a collaboration with an Italian musician and three African artists from Senegal and Cameroon. The site-specific installation in a lively venue creates a close dialogue between the place and the hosting eco-feminist festival “Kimpa Vita”.
From Rosalie, called “Mulatresse Solitude”, heroine in the fight against slavery in French Guadeloupe, to Sheherazade, brilliant protagonist of the Thousand and One Nights, to the contemporary women migrating to Italy, countless stories of resilience and bravery keep inspiring this performance.