Mahura
3rd Production
Premiere: 02/12/2006

Tour: Albufeira, Aljezur, Lagos, Silves, Lagoa, Portimão, Vila Real de Sto. António, Castro Marim, Tavira, Monchique, Loulé, Olhão, Alcoutim, Faro, Lisboa

“To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.”
William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

Why the sky is so far away from earth? ...
Ancient voices from Africa say that there was a time when Heaven and Earth lived the most beautiful love story of the universe. From that love, a girl was born, called Mahura, which means "she who works." One day, Mahura found the corn grains. Crushing them with her pestle and adding water, she created a porridge, which she found delicious. After that, she just couldn’t stop thinking about making more porridge. And more…
Each time she milled more corn with increasingly bigger pestles: increasing production, opening doors to industrialization, depleting resources, giving rise to pollution ... The huge pestles began to hit Heaven’s head. Mahura asks him to go up a little, so that she may work more comfortably. And then a little bit more... And more...
And Heaven kept going up... Until when, being angry and hurt, he took with him all the clouds, and he went far away from Earth, and further and further away…
In this show, we play with reused and recycled materials, to share with you a possible view of the world: what if we now decided to cherish all the common resources? Would we have that much to lose? After all, we all live on the same planet Earth. We all look at the same stars. Let us then look at these same stars together, and seek a balance with everything around us. Mahura acted on time ... And what about the rest of us?
 

Press highlight

‘It’s a show of animated forms that teases our conscience towards the issue of the Environment, using exclusively recyclable materials, recycled and reused. It’s a performance that takes us to the very substance of the Mankind/Planet relationship, using the voices of Africa to echo in all other voices.’
Jornal do Baixo Guadiana, 01/01/07