Maps of Forbidden Remembrance is a theatre/visual
arts collaborative performance piece by Dah
Teatar, of Belgrade, Yugoslavia; and 7
Stages, of Atlanta, Georgia. The main textual source for
the piece is Constancia, a novella by Mexican writer Carlos
Maps of Forbidden Remembrance, a man is haunted by four women.
It's unclear if these are four different women, from different lands
and time periods, with different histories, or if they are ghosts.
Are they one woman or are they four? The story of the performance
occurs mostly in Savannah, Georgia; some scenes are set in Seville
and Russia; some scenes exist only in memory. International and
American cultural distinctions are highlighted, revealing the connections
between progress, artistic responsibility and the sources of strength
in troubled times. The musical score of the piece is created by
the a capella voices of the actors, singing songs from Yugoslavia,
North America and Latin America.
The following four questions
are at the core of the performance:
- If one is forced to leave one's country,
what kind of life continues in exile?
- Is it possible for an artist to create outside
his/her native country?
- How do our memories alter the facts of our
- What responsibility do we carry for our ancestors'
The process for creating
the piece was an approach developed by Dah Teatar which involved
personal storytelling by the performers during workshops, and matching
the material of the Fuentes story with the storytellers. Dah Teatar
members Dijana Milosevic, Maja Mitic, Sanja Krsmanovic-Tasic
and Nesa Paripovic came together with 7 Stages' Del Hamilton
and Faye Allen and ArtSpot's Kathy
Randels in Atlanta in April and May 2001 to work on this
piece, which premiered at 7 Stages on May 15, 2001 and was performed
in Belgrade and Novi Sad, Yugoslavia in June 2001 and in New Orleans,
LA and Farmville, VA in the fall of 2002.