In a land flowing with milk and honey, are you satisfied?
On the long march to the promised land… Some go to make a living; Some to escape disaster; Some for a better future; Some to avoid the corruption of sweetness and richness… People will use any means to leave a familiar land in search of a new sky.
Milk and Honey is a song theatre piece, created in collaboration with Billy Sy. In Milk and Honey, we tell stories about migration for a better future through myths, religious accounts, modern references, and live traditional folk songs from around the world.
On the journey towards to land flowing with milk and honey
The promised land in the Bible is also called the land flowing with milk and honey, a land of fertility. In Exodus, Moses was leading the Israelites to that piece of land. Yet, in nature, there are also animals going on annual migrations for food, water and a better birth place for their young.
It is a natural instinct to travel to find a better place, and in this process, we will have to leave the grounds that we are familiar with, and step into the unknown. Still, humans will carry on, making their journeys. Everyday, many people throughout in the world take this step: refugees who lost their homes, immigrants who are searching for a living and a better life for their children, people who arrive in search of their roots, and people who leave for freedom...
In a globalised world, how are we going to look at these situations? And what can we learn from ancient myths and animals?
Musicals use songs and dance to convey characters’ emotions, furthering the plot and dramatising conflicts. Musicals have become a genre with its own predictable style, content, and even story. Song theatre describes the use of songs in a contemporary theatrical setting not following any particular genre. The songs are often non-narrative, visual, physical. In the same way as musicals, live singing and music are involved, yet the singers will also take up the job as musicians. Traditional songs and music forms are often used, which reference histories and cultures beyond the context of the performance. In Milk and Honey, we will be using around 20 pieces of music from different traditions and cultures, including but not limited to Bulgaria, Ukraine, India, Greece, and Georgia.