Les larmes du crococile, drama for social change?

A must see,  must watch! says Hervé, a satisfied spectator, after a watching the great performance of “Les larmes du crocodile”concocted  by La Fondation Le Grand Cru, in partnership with the Netherlands Embassy. For it’s second representation, the public is at the rendez-vous,excited, and ready to discover what has been cooked for them.  The actors set the scene by singing with the guitar, and later dance. Yes, it’s a rhythmic and catchy masterpiece, full of emotions, and surprises, which depicts the vices of the society.

A  moving scene, of crying children, homeless, running in all directions, looking for a shelter opens the stage. But one person seems to enjoy the scene, the master of ceremonies, as he calls himself. He acts as if he held  the life of these poor creatures in his hands. Suddenly, an angry woman, stands for them, says that they need to find solutions, that this hell has to come to an end. They have to change. Change, which seems to be the motto of the drama.  All along the pla.y, they evoke, recall the change in many situations.

Crocodile and human being, who’ s the worst?

A terrified man is facing a mad  crocodile, the queen of lakes. She threatens him,  and the man says he could give her his friend so that she eats him, because his supposed buddy killed  all members of his family, while he was witnessing this horror, at Kamenge’s market. The crocodile says that human beings are naughty, mean, wicked. The unfortunate man throws a plastic bottle in the lake,  which infuriates the crocodile. She says that she lost her family too, because of people like him; who destroy the environment, they don’t hesitate to throw all their waste in the waters. Animals suffer, because of  stupid actions of a man. She says she will eat his children to punish him. The man asks for forgiveness, begs her that she should spare the lives of his children. “On one condition!”imposes the crocodile. “Forgive the one who hurt you too!”

On an acoustic rhythm of Camila Cabello’s Havana, the violence and sexual abuse are denounced.  The scene of a young girl who was dancing in harmony with a young man turns into violence, and the death of the girl. A big applause from the public for this scene well painted. The great actors denounce violence through a lively dance. Slaps, hugs, reconciliation, slaps and hugs, again and again. The public seems to enjoy at first the moves, but as the scene repeats many times, they revolt quietly, in low voices.  They are fed up! Noo! echoe voices from the back, the left, and the front. 

Niko zubakwa, again?

 Women suffer the most during the play. At a certain moment, they want to be men, and men want to be women. When ladies are asked what makes them feel men, and men what make them feel women, they seem to have the same qualities; they are brave, intelligent, emotional, which shows that human beings are not that different. But, women tolerate, accept, stand the cruelty, brutality of men, carry men in their arms so many times. At the same time, the public whispers: “Ntibaruha? Ntibobata hasi?” till they collapse, till they can’t handle it no more. Does it remind us of an everyday situation of condition of women? “Niko zubakwa”, until it becomes too late. 

Woman, love your body..

The  misfortune of ladies when it comes to menstruations comes as a taboo. A young girl runs to the crocodile. She wants to be devoured  because she is afraid, thinks it is a shame what happens to her. Blood comes from her private parts. She can’t talk about it neither with her mother, sisters, nor her father or brothers, because menstruations are taboo in our society.  Surprisingly, the crocodile reminds her that she’s lucky. That blood which comes from her private is the gift to human beings. Her body has the chance to regenerate each month. Moreover, the baby grows inside her belly, while she can easily forget where she puts her eggs.

Hama uvyare abo ushobora kurera

When it comes to reproduction, opinions differ.  Some want to have as many children as possible. Others want few children because children represent responsibilities.  Some other say they won’t have children, because there are enough teenagers in the world. Too many anyway. They suffer from malnutrition, abuse, they are homeless. Juvenile delinquency, militia are what happen when there are too many young people. Crocodile tears? Over population, which leads to the destruction of the environment, the waters in the first place. How can  it be changed? If human being plans to do a healthy reproduction. He can even use condom, to protect against sexual diseases. “A change is possible, if we want to”,were convinced the seventeen actors.

 

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