Saturday, 16 January 2021

The 'city' goes to the 'periphery', does the 'periphery' go to the 'city'?

Screenshot from Netflix documentary "Emicida: AmarElo - It's All For Yesterday"

In 2016, Faustin Lyniekula, the Congolese choreographer, was the guest of Lisbon’s biennial festival Artist in the City. Watching his performance “Le Cargo” was the reason why I went to the neighbourhood of Cova da Moura for the first (and, so far, only) time. Many colleagues were there, people whom I normally meet in the city’s different cultural venues. And, of course, the local residents were there too. I remember that moment as an uncomfortable experience. I remember feeling an intruder, feeling that I shouldn’t be there, not in that context.