A theatrical performance program organised by FFT Düsseldorf (Forum Freies Theatre)
Schwabinggrad Ballett & Arrivati: "Chöre der Angekommenen - Über die Besetzung des Oranienplatzes". Photo Credit: Knut Klaßen
Choirs of Arrival – The Occupation of Oranienplatz, by Schwabinggrad Ballett & Arrivati
location: FFT Juta (Forum Freies Theater, Kasernenstraße 6, 40213 Düsseldorf)
Friday, 5 October & Saturday, 6 October, 8 pm
The performance reflects the struggles of refugees in Berlin during the occupation of Oranienplatz in Berlin, in 2012. Both artist collectives, Schwabinggrad Ballett and Arrivati, conducted interviews with some of the occupiers from which they created a text that draws attention to the contradictions, absurdities and failures in the (ongoing) struggle.
Schwabinggrad Ballett is an association of performers, musicians and activists, founded in Hamburg at the turn of the millennium in order to create unexpected situations beyond ritualized forms of protest. In 2014 the collective began working with activists from the refugee group “Lampedusa in Hamburg”, who later formed the performance group Arrivati. Together they developed interventions in refugee camps, and in September 2016 they released their album “Beyond Welcome”. Their actions and concerts merge agitprop and Afrobeat, epic theatre and pop, situationism and political task force.
Your Love is Fire, by the Collective Ma’louba
location: FFT Kammerspiele (Forum Freies Theater, Jahnstraße 3, 40215 Düsseldorf)
Wednesday 17 October, 8.00 pm
In his play “Your Love Is Fire“ the Syrian author Mudar Alhaggi deals with his personal experiences of the war in Syria. Neither a hero nor a victim story, it portrays the everyday life of those in present Syria. The play picks up on the ambivalence between the need for action and waiting, which shapes the life of many people who fled to Germany and Europe.Ma’louba is an Arabic-speaking artists’ collective in residence at Theater an der Ruhr since the beginning of 2017.
Inviting Strangers – A Living Room Performance, by Ingo Toben
Saturday 27 October - Saturday 24 November, (information about how to host the performance: fft-duesseldorf.de)
In collaboration with young unaccompanied refugees living in Düsseldorf, director Ingo Toben and his team develop a set of performances based on storytelling and hospitality. Their aim is to encourage new forms of encounter and interaction between audience and performers. Autofictional narration and myths of displacement will be supported by minimalist sound and music. The audience has to take an active role and invite the performers to their private homes.
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