All of us have moments in our lives when the impact of experience is crystalized, carried forward in time with such vividness that the past is present, continuing to live within us. These moments become fiercely guarded memories and a source of power. They shape and nourish identity, acknowledging all that we carry with us, with courage, into the future.
Fo N' Ale ("We Must Go" in Haitian Creole) is a visual poem, a waking dreamscape in which past, present, and future are interchangeable. Eight young people, originating from separate places in the world, are on a journey. They've left their homelands for different reasons but find themselves traveling the same path, all embodying the melancholy of leaving. Memories infuse their dreams, and time obscures the shapes of their memories.
The eight co-authors and ensemble members of Performance Project First Generation originate from Nepal, Haiti, Burundi/Tanzania, Puerto Rico, Ethiopia and the U.S. Fo N' Ale incorporates movement, music, and text spoken in five languages: Khirundi, Nepali, Creole, Amharik, and English. Recommended for age 12 and above.