Tricklock goes to Africa. Part One.

by Juli Hendren

in Global Citizenship,Global Connections

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(Photo: Elsa Menendez receives her Yellow Fever shot for Uganda.)

As a company who creates devised work, we rely heavily on images. It is a technique we learned in Gardzienice, Poland while training at the Staniewski Center. We call it Icon Work and through the use of photos and paintings, we enhance the research portion of our work development with physical storytelling. Our tours through Europe have become great fodder for our new work. As a story or a lesson in history or a statue piques our interest, we capture it and begin to create.

The ability to travel to the place we are directly creating a show about, while in work creation, is remarkable. We cannot wait to experience the land, capture the images, interview the people- all while rehearsing every day at Ndere Center (our lovely hosts.) This is Tricklock’s first visit to Africa and we can’t wait to bring Africa back to our hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

It’s always shocking to me how small the world is. Once word started to spread among the arts community in Albuquerque that Tricklock was traveling to Uganda, our artist friends would call me and say, “I have a writer friend in Kampala” or “I know one of TEDx coordinators out there.” In only a month we have gone from corresponding with Ndere only, to emailing regularly with several Ugandan artists. All offering their help, support, and kindness.

We leave in three short weeks. Tickets are bought, itinerary set, and shots are complete. The artistic adventure awaits.

Crybaby SallyJuli Hendren is a founding member of Tricklock Company. She is the Co-Artistic Director of the company and the Curator for The Revolutions International Theatre Festival. Juli has trained with Masters around the world in physical theatre, clown, and buffon. She is a writer, actor, and director and has toured Europe, the US, and Canada.



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  • FiveOh5

    I wish Tricklock well, and of course safe travels! However, the line, “we can’t wait to bring Africa back to our hometown,” smacks of a whiteness and privilege that makes me cringe. I hope that your travels, mentality, and the work you create in this extremely complicated region and nation shows more tact and humility than that statement implies. Africa isn’t there for the taking.

  • Juli Hendren

    We produce an international theatre festival here in Albuquerque and are working to bring Ndere here. That is what I meant by “bring it back.” I apologize for the broad statement and if it offended you. Thanks for the feedback!