Luanda Casella: Morning Manifesto| 1 June 2020
an ode to the women I love
ONE: THE TRUTHFUL
Get to know yourself. It’s a priority. People who walk around in oblivion cannot question their own values and biases.
TWO: THE AVID READER
Read as an act of resistance. Read. One book after the other. Be always in the middle of reading. Meanings appear with time, in waves. Be curious.
THREE: THE TUNED INTERLOCUTOR
Don’t engage in small talk. If you do make sure it isn’t for long. Be invested in the conversation. Test your emotional knowledge. Test your political opinion. Be ironic whenever possible. Behave. Be good company.
FOUR: THE PRESENT
Don’t be lukewarm about your chances of voicing. If you’re given the spotlight, be there. Stay in character.
FIVE: THE DIPLOMAT
Bring change to the institutions you are a part of. Be strategic. Enter in dialogue with those who don’t share your ethical values. Ask yourself how people begin and end a work with you.
SIX: THE HUMBLE
Your privilege is not your doing. Be humbled by your position in the world. Awaken others about their privilege. Make others humble. Help strengthen the core values of justice.
SEVEN: THE KILLJOY FEMINIST
Be a killjoy feminist. Beware of euphemisms. Be ready to spoil the enjoyment of others every time violence is manifested; in the form of racist jokes, misogynistic or homophobic behaviour or any other form of injustice. Do this in any given circumstance. Be energetic about it.
EIGHT: THE CHANNELLER
I command, I demand, I plead, I challenge, I provoke, I dare, I claim, I name, I condemn, I disrupt, I evoke, I initiate, I resist… Active (power) verbs provoke movement. Learn how to use them. Use them.
NINE: THE DISOBEDIENT INVENTOR
Question our standards of normality. Beware of trends. Create hybrid forms as a path to the imaginary. Learn how to disobey. It is only at risk that the unexpected can be born.
TEN: THE EDUCATOR
Don’t limit your work to critique. Don’t be narcissistic. Produce knowledge. Share your knowledge. Believe in the development of potency amongst us, as a collective.
ELEVEN: THE READY
Beware of your craft. Be focused. Be ready to perform.
TWELVE: THE WRITER
Create a bond of poetic faith with your reader. Always try to expand the language of art. Through art we can widen the scripts for what counts as ‘a good life’.
This manifesto is part of The State of the Youth, a longer speech that Luanda Casella wrote at the invitation of The Theatre Festival 2019. She speeched at the opening of the festival in Ghent.
Luanda Casella will make the performance Killjoy Quiz next season (20-21) at NTGent.