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The Magdalena Project
January 2017 Newsletter
Dear Magdalenas,
As the last (terrible) year turns to the new I feel optimism is a case of will power. The feeling of impotency in the face of such terrors, such hatred, idiocy and mistrust has to be both confronted and scorned.  As we shout ‘not in my name’ perhaps, at the same time we have to be far more vocal, articulate and loud to shout what is in ‘my name’.

I am blessed – living in a peaceful rural enclave, financially solvent, in good health and able to control exactly what I do with each day of my life. I am blessed in being connected to a strong community of women both in the Magdalena Project and most recently as a member of the Women’s Equality Party in the UK. It is time for women’s politics to assert itself more forcefully – through culture as we have been doing in the Magdalena for the last 30 years but also at the ballot box and on the podium, in the media. I feel deep in the pit of my stomach that we/I have a responsibility to channel these blessings and face the fear of speaking out and up in public. 

Since I left my job in the university in June and since my children flew the nest, I have kept very busy and distracted myself from the nag in the back of my mind that asks me ‘so for what are you getting up in the morning?'. I am now in a situation, for the first time in I think 30 years, where there is nothing I HAVE to do – at least not that I have yet identified.

Now, I have the privilege to travel to Cuba to Roxana Pineda’s Magdalena Sin Fronteras. I have the opportunity to work with a group of performers and with multi media artist Suzon Fuks from Australia and my daughter Meg, a musician, on the ‘The Book of Space’ – the current work of an ongoing research entitled ‘The Quietude Project’. It seems rather dichotomous to state that we need to shout louder as I make theatre work under this thematic. But perhaps it is exactly on the edge or at the centre of these opposing forces that my work needs to reside and explore the quietude of raising my voice.

On my return from Cuba at the end of January my diary is more or less empty. I will have to listen to that nag at the back of my head and make some salient decisions. Scary.
Jill Greenhalgh
MAGDALENA SIN FRONTERAS
Santa Clara, Cuba
10-20 January 2017
 
"Lives: Group Theatre, Reality" is the theme of the 5th Magdalena festival to be held in Cuba in January 2017. The full programme is now onilne.
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