Dell M. Hamilton
Agridule: (Bittersweet)
2016
Performance
For this collaborative performance with Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons & Neil Leonard at the Peabody Essex Museum, we took a multisensory journey into Cuba's bittersweet past. Performed in conjunction with the exhibition Alchemy of the Soul: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, in these images, I am carried a platter of Mojitos and reciting this text:

Drink the mojito, and as you do, sip in the pain of unseen tears that have been poured in

When the abuse was unsustainable we added sugar to overcome the bitterness

When the wound was just too deep, we added rum to seal the pain

When lips were broken from exhaustion, we added more water, when flies were landing on our bodies, considering them carcasses we added mint to refresh and confuse those annoying beasts

Through out it all we never forgot the rhythm deep, deep in our hips

So we dance, we still dance and our children will dance the rhythm inscribed deep in our minds, hearts and bones

An unforgettable dance of joy and triumph over oppression

Today you are a witness to the future
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