In a 1998 interview addressing the legacy of his book Orientalism, (Vintage, 1979), literary critic and social activist Edward Said argued that coexistence would remain the greatest challenge of the twenty-first century (1998, 2008 MEF). Twenty years later, Said’s foresight has proven well founded. Not least because the challenges related to coexistence – now vast and complex – are rooted in our most intimate encounters; buried in the density of the human knot.
In light of the tenuous condition of world affairs, wherein coexistence is continually threatened by an ongoing state of social and political emergency, We are Nowhere Else But Here is intended to illuminate the very private and sometimes painful efforts that are made to achieve it. As Edward Said has suggested, we all carry an infinite of traces, and our great task is the ‘task of interpretation’ – to move beyond the generalization and begin to understand the other in relation to ourselves.
We Are Nowhere Else But Here is a co-production with the CaDance Festival in the Hague and is made possible with additional support from Posthof Theater Linz and Project Sally Maastricht. For more information visit CaDance.nl