Our Footsteps at Podium Mozaïek Amsterdam
Migrants’ narratives as artistic affirmation of our human dignity and a call for political awareness
Saturday 19 October, 21:00
Bos en Lommerweg 191 Amsterdam
Info & Tickets via Podium Mozaïek Website or Facebook
(This Theatre Performance is Language No Problem)
Twenty migrants/refugees artists or performers in ten languages. The result of five months of playful improvisational rehearsals, where through self-representation, migrants share stories of their journey and living in the Netherlands facing a long lasting uncertainty after having crossed many, colonial, borders.
We believe arts need to engage society; they need to represent today’s turmoil.
To this end we come together as migrants, political refugees and locals in order to create a performance: an act of theatre, poetry, music, performance art, choreography. And an act of activism, of human and political togetherness. Projects such as this one are seldom seen in the Netherlands. Hence our artistic intervention. It’s time to stop seeing the migrant as ‘problematic’ or ‘troublesome.’ It’s time to go beyond the politics of social segregation as mass distraction.
Our performance seeks to transcend the political pitfalls of discrimination and hate peculiar to our present and confused world. We want our performance to be a safe haven, a place where diversity is richness and discrimination can only vanish.
Amin Pazhavand, Arif Murat Gür, Ayhan Karaagac, Aysenur Akin, Demet Temel, Elif Ileriye Girgin, Erhan Calihan, Ersin Agigul, Farzin Bapiri, Harun Turan, Iris Maria Tsagri, Ismail Atalamis, Levent Girgin, Maral Jefroudi, Roberto Bacchilega, Rüzgar Gür, Savalan Ghodsi, Sayat Tekir, Sedat Kartal, Sila Kaymak, Ufuk Calimli, Zeki Barlin
Directed by Roberto Bacchilega in collaboration with the Performers
Theatre Training: Vasiliki Koutrouli
Dramaturgy: Arif Murat Gür
Stage Movement: Ayhan Karaagac
Video Art: Farhad Vilkiji
Project Facilitator: Maral Jefroudi
Sound Design: Levent Girgin
Production Assistant and Videoproduction: Chihiro Geuzenbroek
Promotion and Stage Photography: Unai Risueño
Live Technical Support: Cyrus Esfandiari
Graphics: Savalan Ghodsi
A project by AstaroTheatro, IIRE and Stichting Vrolijkheid
With the support of Academie voor Theater en Dans
Many Thanks to: Tenedle (video and photography), Victor Sams (rhythm and sound training), Masood Banozadeh (video teaser and documentation) and an endless number of friends, comrades and supporters who have been inspiring us during the journey to our theatre performance
Picture by Unai Risueño