The history and legacy of East Africa is unignorable. As the cradle of the hominid species, it is considered to be the area where the modern human first appeared, and as such, holds some of the most historied manifestations of cultural practice. The short distance between Djibouti and Yemen have established the region as a major nexus point between the Middle East and the African content, allowing for a migration of bodies and ideas across lands and oceans. Spanning from a wide range of tribal communities to major, historical kingdoms (some dating as far as the 25th century BCE), the territory was shaped by the liminality of its borders as per the nomadic nature of its communities. The creation of national, fixed borders by the Western imperial powers was perhaps the greatest injury to the region, a wound that has continued to spread strife and conflict.
Committed to bringing a new awareness to the region, Theater Mitu has a led a number of research initiatives into the region. This includes participation in the Al Bugaa International Theater Festival in Karthoum, Sudan, as well as a long-form research initiative into foreign military presence, outposts and communities in Djibouti City, Djibouti for the development of Remnant. Theater Mitu members have also visited and established relationships with the Kampala International Theater Festival, in Kampala, Uganda. These burgeoning relationships and explorations hope to shed greater light to a region whose history and legacy cannot be ignored.
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