CONCEPT, DESIGN + DIRECTION: BRETT BAILEY
DRAMATURG: EYAD HOUSSAMI
SOUND DESIGN: MANOLIS MANOUSAKIS
LIGHTING DESIGNER: COLIN LE GRAND
“Nobody will leave unmoved”
- LA PROVENCE, Marseille
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 refugees are trapped in limbo.
Referencing the classical myth of the labyrinth, SANCTUARY looked 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.
Working from 8 scenic designs created designed by Brett during months of research in refugee camps and with refugee support organisations, the multilingual cast developed fictional characters who responded to the rupturing of their sanctuaries.
The performers included refugees, immigrants and activists from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Greece, Iran, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and the UK, ranging in age from 20 to 70 years old.
TOURING HISTORY 2018: Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, Portugal. Teatro Municipal do Porto-Rivoli, Porto, Portugal. 2017: Onassis Cultural Center/Fast Forward Festival, Athens, Greece. Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany. Festival de Marseille, France.