Lest we forget
FIAP19, Martinique edition, 2019
By Nyugen E. Smith and Marvin Fabien
Lest We Forget is a multi-sensory collaborative performance by Nyugen E. Smith (Trinidad/Haiti/USA) and Marvin Fabien (Dominica/Martinique), derived from their ongoing dialog related to the impacts of hurricanes and climate change in the Caribbean and the most vulnerable parts of the United States. The performance takes the form of a speech delivered by Smith with an original soundscape composed and mixed live by Fabien.
This thrilling and highly relevant work is inspired by the speeches delivered by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica and Prime Minister Gordon Browne of Barbuda at the United Nations General Assembly in 2017, post hurricanes Maria and Irma. Text from these speeches is combined with text sourced from transcripts of news interviews with the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulín Cruz, scholars and residents of Puerto Rico. The result is a new document that attempts to articulate the extent of the physical, emotional and psychological damage caused by these storms, warns against ignoring the changing climate and warming oceans, highlights the plight of the affected, and calls attention to government’s failure to live up to their promises. With every reperformance of Lest We Forget, the plight of the victims of an increasing number of super storms and the call to action is resounded.