WRITTEN, DESIGNED AND DIRECTED BY BRETT BAILEY
DRAMATURGE: PAULIEN GEERLINGS
CHOREOGRAPHED BY OKELLO SAM
MUSIC BY THE NDERE TROUPE
SAFARI is based on the journey of pioneering Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) to East Africa in 1925, where he spent three months living in the wilderness.
The experience – which he called ‘a drama of the birth of light’ – had a profound and lasting impact on him. Confronted with the people, animals and spirit of this primal landscape, Jung embarked on an astonishing safari to what he perceived as the origins of consciousness.
A not very successful ritual drama that lost its way, SAFARI was made in Kampala, Uganda, with members of a local music-dance group, the Ndere Troupe.
Jung Gaetan Schmid
Guide Okello Sam
And the Ndere Troupe of Kampala
‘This was the silence of the eternal beginning.
I felt like the very first man.
Here, on the plains of Africa, I experienced the world as it had always been, before anybody had been around to know that it was the world. To the very brink of the horizon, I saw vast herds of animals: gazelles, zebras, giraffes, gnus…grazing, heads nodding, moving forward like slow rivers.
I felt like the first human being who suddenly recognised: “this is the world”.
What he did not know, that first man, was that in that moment he had first really created it…’
– C.G. Jung