Photographs by Kerstin Behrendt
THIRD WORLD BUNFIGHT in association with Onassis Cultural Center/Fast Forward Festival (Athens), Kampnagel Hamburg, Festival de Marseille/ExtraPole Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, LIFT (London), Maillon Theatre de Strasbourg – Scene Europeenne, Teatro Maria Matos (Lisbon), Teatro Municipal do Porto, Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main and Vooruit (Ghent) presents SANCTUARY.
CONCEPT, DESIGN AND DIRECTION: BRETT BAILEY
DRAMATURGICAL INPUT: EYAD HOUSSAMI
SOUND DESIGN: MANOLIS MANOUSAKIS
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR & PRODUCTION MANAGER: MIGUEL MUNOZ
LIGHTING DESIGNER: COLIN LEGRAS
AV TECHNICIAN: CARLO THOMPSON
COMPANY & STAGE MANAGER: HELENA ERASMUS
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: BARBARA MATHERS AND JAN RYAN
ILLUSTRATION AND GRAPHIC DESIGN: ROGER WILLIAMS
INSTALLATION VIDEOS: CATHERINE HENEGAN
PERFORMED BY: KARAM AL KAFRI, MAGD ASAAD, SANDRELLA DAKDOUK, FRANCOISE HéMY, MUNA MUSSIE, IAN ROBERT, NIDAL SULTAN, LIONEL TOMM
“Sanctuary, once again demonstrated the commitment of the Artist in favor of the excluded, of the slaves of yesterday and today…. His design is beautiful…”
-TOUTE LA CULTURE, MARSEILLE
“… A theatrical journey imagined by the South African artist Brett Bailey…. Where it is difficult to walk out unharmed from this maze which evokes powerfully the fate of those who take refuge in Europe…”
-LA MARSEILLAISE, MARSEILLE
“Brett Bailey takes us away from the images that too often reduce refugees to posts on Facebook so that we really see what we would normally ignore every day in the streets …”
-LE MONDE, MARSEILLE
65 million people around the world are classified by the UNHCR as refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people. We see them on our screens and in newspapers. We glimpse them waiting on pavements and park benches as busy citizens and tourists breeze past. Uncountable fleeting images competing for our attention.
SANCTUARY is an immersive performance-installation examining the surreal terrain of the EU in crisis, as xenophobia and populism, surveillance and border controls, surge, and millions of people are trapped in limbo in corners of the Civilized World on their paths to find a new place to call home.
A Nigerian asylum seeker in a shelter in Palermo: 12 years he’s been here: endless appointments with lawyers, meetings with officials, forms to be refilled, ID photographs taken, waiting, time standing still, an inhospitable system. “I can only hope,” he says. For 12 years.
In the classical Greek myth of the Minotaur, the Phoenician princess, Europa – after whom the European continent is named – was abducted by Zeus from the Lebanese city of Tyre to the Mediterranean island of Crete. Her son by Zeus was King Minos. His wife became besotted with a sacred bull of Poseidon. The spawn of this affair was the rapacious Minotaur: a human-eating man-bull, who had to be imprisoned within a labyrinth. Each year seven Athenian youths and maidens were brought by boat as tribute to Crete where, lost in the endless corridors of the labyrinth, they were devoured by the Minotaur.
Mediterranean islands; terrified people travelling on flimsy vessels across a perilous sea; Greece; labyrinthine journeys; surreal landscapes; callous rulers; primeval fears; soul-destroying animal-men, the mutant grandsons of Mother Europa… the myth holds so many resonances for our times.
The performers of SANCTUARY are refugees, immigrants, interpreters, engaged citizens and activists. They have developed characters to inhabit scenes that Brett designed, to give poetic shape to the states of limbo, fear and uncertainty in which so many find themselves in the EU today.