The Monsters of the World Tour continues at Victoria Square, on Friday 29 & Saturday 30 July, where a group of performers will recreate the fantasy of the Blemmye, as was apparently witnessed by European imperialists. The performers will enact behaviour and activities which were said to be ‘true’ in maps and travel journals over thousands of years.
The so-called ‘edges of the known world’, where mythical monsters were claimed to have existed in previous centuries, appear to mirror today where multinational companies extract resources, exploit labour, open new markets, and sell products.
Alongside projects by Amy Ching-Yan Lam, Rajni Perera and Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Jon’s project is part of our programme for the Birmingham 2022 Festival. This programme is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Canada House and Canada Council for the Arts.