Tuesday, 1 September 2009

I'd like to visit the Tuareg

From 'Conference of the Birds' - a fantastic book about a group of actors in the 60s, including Helen Mirren, travelling around Africa trying to find a universal language for theatre that is beyond words.

"And to our astonishment, the field was suddenly full of leaping Tuaregs. Without warning, the men dashed into the centre of the field and started leaping up and down. It was a dance, a jumping-up-and-down dance. They rammed a walking stick into the ground and jumped up and down with such force that the earth vibrated. I couldn't believe it. It was as if they were using pogo sticks. They were going crazy! They were taking off! They were FLYING!" (p116)

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