The title of this post is from a quote included in an Associated Press article about Super Typhoon Hayian. The storm, one of the most powerful in recorded history, has killed as many as 10,000 individuals in the Philippines thus-far.
The images–of the destruction, displaced survivors, rescue efforts–are painful, even harrowing to look at. Natural disasters are some of the few events that can bring together people of totally disparate backgrounds and worlds; they can affect anyone at virtually any place or time, from the South Pacific to the New Jersey coastline.
As we begin thinking about our production of ‘Once on This Island,’ it is worth remembering how certain experiences and emotions–fear and love, specifically–can eclipse socioeconomic barriers. Ti Moune’s world is shattered by a storm at the beginning of her story, which is in turn framed by a young girl terrified by thunder and lightning; as devastating and irreparable as natural disasters are, they are also surprisingly communal, an idea which we will begin to explore more fully as we embark on our theatrical journey. In the meantime, as we keep the people of the Philippines in our thoughts and prayers, the images and ideas that the recent typhoon has provided are worth reflecting on. The following is a handful of images from the storm: