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  • On The Move

    (Middle East/Europe)

    Various artists

    Royal Court Theatre

    Responding to one of the greatest humanitarian issues of our time, this collection of new works features artists from Germany, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Syria and the UK as they uncover the stories of people forced to leave their homes.

     

    The work includes a durational piece by Chris Thorpe delving into the Great British public’s attitude towards migrants and refugees; short plays exploring the impact of the migration crisis in Greece and Italy; a one-on-one experience in conversation with a refugee through a wall; a continually growing installation outside the building; a miniature museum of migrations; a Syrian filmmaker exploring loss, an installation and a promenade audio-tour created between London, Berlin, Beirut and Damascus mapping ideas of exile and belonging in the city.

     

    Limbo of the White Sea (Installation)
    Maya Zbib, Zoukak Theatre Company (Lebanon)
    9 – 11 June

    A miniature museum of migrations from Lebanon, exploring how people construct homes as they constantly move and reside in non-places.


    As Far As My Fingertips Take Me 
    (Installation performance)
    Tania el Khoury in collaboration with Basel Zaraa (Lebanon/Palestine)
    9 -11 June

    A conversation through a wall between an audience member and a refugee. Sharing stories of people who have recently challenged border discrimination which can be kept or washed away.


    Al Hayat (Life) 
    (Installation)
    Manaf Halbouni (Syria/Germany)
    2 – 11 June

    In artist Manaf Halbouni’s new home Germany there is a motto: let’s wait til grass grows over everything. Despite the destruction in his home country of Syria, he believes in the day when grass will grow over all the problems and everybody will live in peace again.

     

    Hello Stranger (discussion)
    Welcoming migrants and refugees into our theatres and our hearts
    11 June

    Chaired by LIFT patron Juliet Stevenson, this panel discussion will explore what we can do to welcome refugees into our buildings and into our hearts, from the democratic, open nature of theatres to the more personal space of our homes; what is our organisational and personal responsibly?
    Chaired by Juliet Stevenson the panel includes Mareike Holfeld (Head of Public Relations – Kampnagel, Hamburg), Maya Zbib (On The Move Artist), Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson (Co-Directors – Good chance Calais)

     

    Haunted (Film)
    Liwaa Yazji (Syria – Damascus/Beirut)
    11 June

    “When the bombs fell, the first thing we did was run away. It was not until later that we realised we had not looked back. We were not allowed to say goodbye to our home, our memories, our photos and the life that was lived within them.”

    Haunted tells of the loss of home and security and of the real and metaphorical meaning which a house, a home, has in one’s life.

    Arabic with English subtitles.


    The Crossings Plays 
    (Play)
    Andreas Flourakis & Fausto Paravidino (Greece/Italy)
    9 – 11 June

    A double bill of two short plays with two writers from Greece and Italy exploring the impact of the migration crisis in their countries and their communities.

     

    Another Place (Promenade Audio Piece) FREE
    Victoria Lupton & Doha Hassan (UK & Palestine/Syria)
    6 – 11 June

    An audio promenade performance created between London, Berlin, Beirut and Damascus mapping ideas of exile and belonging in the city. Sound design by Tim Bamber.


    The Milk of Human Kindness 
    (Durational Piece)
    Chris Thorpe (UK)
    11 June

    A durational theatrical experience that delves into the online expression of the great British public’s attitude towards migrants and refugees, as enabled by the great British press.
    (Proceeds from The Milk of Human Kindness will go to Good Chance Calais and Crew for Calais.)


    When the bombs fell, the first thing we did was run away. It was not until later that we realised we had not looked back. We were not allowed to say goodbye to our home, our memories, our photos and the life that was lived within them.

    Liwaa Yazji

    On The Move is a LIFT co-commission with the Royal Court Theatre.
    On The Move is supported by the Goethe-Institut London and is a House on Fire project, supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.