CONCEPT, DESIGN AND DIRECTION: BRETT BAILEY
DRAMATURG: 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
SANCTUARY is an immersive performance-installation examining the surreal terrain of the EU in crisis, as xenophobia and populism, surveilance and border controls, surge, and millions of refugees are trapped in limbo.
Referencing the classical myth of the labyrinth, SANCTUARY looks at the varied states of limbo in which so many refugees and migrants find themselves within the EU, as well as notions of home: homes lost, homes threatened, and homes yearned for.
The performance and its associated discussion forums provide a platform for the diverse voices of the 8 multilingual performers, who include refugees, immigrants, activists and interpreters from Syria, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Greece, France and Germany, ranging in age from 20 to 70.
Working from vivid scenic designs created and designed by Brett during months of research in refugee camps and with refugee support organisations, the performers will gather for 7 days at an artist residency in France to develop fictional characters that respond to the rupturing of their sanctuaries.
Brett’s research took him to Lesvos, Athens, Palermo, Hamburg, Marseille, and to the slum refugee camps of Calais and Dunkirk, where he engaged with dozens of people trying to find a place of sanctuary, and with the organisations and networks facilitating that process.
Eyad Houssami, the dramaturg on the project, is a Syrian American theatre maker. He is the artistic director of Masrah Ensemble, a NGO that makes, develops, and fosters research and criticism of theatre with a focus on the Arab stage.
Presented by Third World Bunfight in association with Onassis Cultural Center/Fast Forward Festival (Athens), Kampnagel Hamburg, Festival de Marseille, Vooruit (Ghent), Teatro Maria Matos (Lisbon), LIFT (London) and Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main.