Episode Six: THE BIG BLUE

Mar 30, 2020, 10:58 AM
After a ridiculously long absence, we return to the ancient wells of Tanit to dive into the myths and the mysteries of The Big Blue - the waters which surround the island of Ibiza.

Episode Six is recorded beside Es Pouet, a historical well in the most unexpected location - on a beach in the built up, highly touristic town of San Antonio on Ibiza's west coast. Here, where ancient history meets mass tourism, I gaze at the sparkling Mediterranean waters surrounding this 'summer holiday island', and undertake a journey into their darker, lesser known facets...

We ponder on the meaning and importance of the ocean in Ibicenco history and folklore, and wonder about the gods or goddesses that might protect it. We remember the almighty Greek god Poseidon and imagine what might lie beneath the 8km long sea meadow named after him, the Posidonia, a living creature that is currently endangered by Ibiza's tourist industry.

I journey to Groc studios in Badalona, Barcelona, to meet and chat with the artist Elizabeth Rose Langford, whose exploration of Ibiza's natural earth pigments has led her to work with posidonia. She discusses her very personal artistic process, as well as her relationship with the island of Ibiza and her passion for its natural landscapes.

Later I weave a dirt track through the forest of San Mateu to meet Timotheus Freytag, a freediver who generously and thoughtfully tells me about how diving in Ibiza's waters without the use of oxygen tanks allows him to get to know the island, and himself, in new and deeper ways.

We dip into local tales and folklore about some of the treasures buried in the deep blue waters around this island, before I end up completely in darkness at the little well of Es Pouet, and say farewell, until the next time.

Written and presented by Joanna Hruby, artist, puppeteer and founder of Theatre of the Ancients(www.theatreoftheancients.com)
Thanks to Enrique Villalonga of
Filmótica(filmotica.com) for the loan of recording equipment.
Theme music:
'De Jo Et Vas Despediguent' by Uc(released by Produccions Blau)

Featured / Mentioned in this episode:
- Xescu Prats:
https://www.diariodeibiza.es/pitiuses-balears/2019/09/15/pouet-frontera-madereros-agua-dulce/1091674.html
- Sea in the Greek Imagination, by Marie-Claire Beaulieu
- Ibiza Preservation Foundation: Protection of Posidonia
https://ibizapreservation.org/esp/project/proteccion-de-la-posidonia/
- Elizabeth Rose Langford, abstract painter:
https://www.elizabethroselangford.com/
- Timotheus Freytag: True Blue Experiences, freediving on Ibiza:
https://www.trueblueexperiences.com/
- Tales of Mel, the Story of an Ibizan Hound, by Rafael Sainz


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