SAUDADE is a non-dance work, which explores feelings of longing, melancholy, desire, and nostalgia, which are characteristic of the Portuguese temperament. South Africa is home to the largest Portuguese-African population. They are highly active within the South African community, both politically and economically. According to SA History online: ‘Portuguese expansion into Africa began with the desire of King John I to gain access to the gold-producing areas of West Africa. The trans-Saharan trade routes between Songhay, and the North African traders, provided Europe with gold coins used to trade spices, silks and other luxuries from India.’ This piece has absolutely nothing to do with this complicated history, but all of us feel the kind of longing, melancholy, desire and nostalgia encapsulated by this beautiful and unique Portuguese word – so buy a ticket already! (We promise it will make you feel better but remember to stay home and feel nostalgic by yourself.)
UNFESTIVAL SA runs from 26 May to 6 June 2020, and is a symbolic concept in aid of the UJ FADA Dean’s Bursary Fund and Business and Arts South Africa’s artist relief efforts. Visit www.arts.uj.ac.za or www.basa.co.za for full programme details. Bookings open on Monday 11 May 2020. Show your support by buying a ticket – but please don’t come.