Published on February 9th, 2012 | by admin0
Tyi Wara – ‘Earth Hero’
An evening of physical storytelling, contemporary dance and beautiful live sounds of the balafon, kora and drums, this brand new toto tales production will be an enjoyable one.
When the Sky goddess Mousso Koroni falls in love with an earth spirit, their love is rewarded with the birth of Tyi Wara. As an adult, he leaves his mother, choosing to return to the earth in the form of a graceful and striking antelope. Seeing the people struggling he teaches them the importance of good, sustainable agriculture.
Encouraging social collaboration and advising them on how to make the land fertile, Tyi Wira stresses the importance of community and ensuring knowledge is transferred down the generations.
The Tyi Wara philosophy is akin to the philosophies of so many communities around the world. In modern times, the Tyi Wara is celebrated every year at harvest time.
With Tyi Wara masks and costumes men compete against each other to determine which one is the ‘hero of work’; the Tyi Wara. If they are the fastest, strongest, best worker, then they achieve glory until the next harvest when they must compete again.
The performance of Tyi Wara will be as part of the MESP festival 2012
Venue: Scottish Storytelling Centre
Time: 29th Feb 2012, 7pm
Ticket Prices: £6/£4(conc)
By Folashade Bello