‘The garden is the dazzling forest clearing in our dreams. The garden hastens individual prosperity. The garden brings bliss to life and bestows a feeling of timelessness on the soul. The garden will protect us from worldly upheavals. Human salvation is achieved through the garden. Without the garden, I don’t see how we’ll ever reach the end of this long, never-ending tunnel.’
Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s latest play tells vividly, musically and exuberantly of the vision of a garden: a place where all is well and evil does not exist. It is a new world that promises happiness, where honesty and common sense rule, it offers an antidote to the real world, melancholia, madness and megalomania – the vision of a garden counteracting insanity. But if such a place existed, who would be allowed in?
Commissioned as part of the 2021 Frankfurter Positionen – an initiative of the BHF BANK Stiftung
Director Carina Riedl
Video Billy Roisz
5 November 2021