Exil, migration, hospitality

Exil, migration, hospitality
21 nov. 2018

Scènes nationales serve a social and democratic project by creating multiple cultural actions to sensibilise a wider audience. Many of them initiate projects towards vulnerable population such as migrants. Exil, migration and hospitality inspire more than one artist and give theatres the opportunity to propose social and inclusive commited actions but also dialogues.

Il pourra toujours dire que c'est pour l'amour du prophète from Gurshad Shaheman

Involvement of asylum seekers in the creation process and audience inclusion

In june 2018, Pierre Jodlowski met, during its first year of residency at the LUX of Valence, in collaboration with social and cultural local associations (Cimade, ALDA, Hosting center for asylum seekers, le Diaconat protestant, Secours Populaire…), migrants, recent or older. They shared with him their exil experience, their first meeting with Valence, their integration.

The composer is commited and concerned about opening up contemporary music and to be able to share it he his creation takes his root in the contemporary reality. Thus, the installation Passage is born and gives a acoustic portrait of Valence, a city attached to hospitality, which welcomed and integrated many regugees and migrant since the beginning of the 20th century. The installation propose to the visitor a acoustic and bright environment to interact in a 10 meters long tunnel.

My piece of work here is one of a memories collector. I always start from meeting with individuals who confess their souvenirs through stories or simple words. These elements are then, recomposed in a acoustic sequence to finally be proposed to visitors who can share the content because it’s an interractive tunnel [Pierre Jodlowski]

Ce qui nous agite has the willing to create a space around a theme and to go through it using sensibility and exchange to be able to enlighten vision from another perspective. For its firest edition in April 2019 at the CCAM, Scène nationale of Vandoeuvre, the festival quesitonnes the news around exil and hospitality. The main event will be the performance of Gurshad Shaheman il pourra toujours dire que c’est pour l’amour du prophète.

Testimonies of artists and LGBT community (from 30 to 17 years old) from Maghred and Middle East gathered in Beyrouth and Athenes after their journey across the mediterranean sea, are repeated until dizziness making it more powerfull, almost mind-blowing. [Magazine Mouvement, juillet 2018]

During two days, exchanges moments with the audience are organized.

Exploration of the Middle East!

The 7th editon of festival Vagamondes, proposed but the Filature in Mulhouse in January 2019, opens a windows on the cultures of Mediterranean region by programming theatre, dance performances, concerts, exhibits, films, meetings and conferences.

The Scène nationale hosts and co-produces syrian artists in exil who will come for the premiere of Chroniques d’une ville qu’on croit connaître. Also, you’ll discover Mir Vam from Neda Sokolovska, a performance built from syrian migrants speaches which she gathered in a regugees campsite.

For the youngest, Karam Alzouhir, a syrian artist in exil in Strasbourg will present his young audience performance Un nôtre pays aroung the theme of the refugees. At the end of the performance, a brunch will be organized to create a friendly exchange moments for all the family.

Kurdish, iranian and irakian movies will be also programmed in collaboration with the Bel Air cinema.

Chroniques d'une ville qu'on croit connaître at the Festival Vagamondes, January 15th and 16th 2019 (c) Muzaffar Salman

Collaborations with local associations initiated by Scènes nationales.

The Filature continues its engagement toward local associations which help migrants, during a festival or giving them the possibility to come to the theatre. Most of the performances are in their own langage.

Le Grand R in La Roche-su-Yon collaborate with France Palestine Solidarité Vendée in the scope of the season first concert of Mohamed Najem. They are also associated to the Migrant’scène festival for the public musical lecture of Violaine Schwartz around io 467.

Un Nôtre Pays, January 13th 2019, Vagamondes festival at the Filature (c) Orouba Deeb

Writting sesssions

The litterature department of le Grand R proposes writting sessions to highlight the diversity of langage, apprehend it through writting and enter step by step litterature and culture.

Last season, the Scène nationale organized in partnership with the Cimade, succefull workshops. Motivated but their implication in the creation process, the participants came back to see the pieces, meet authors… Some books have been created to collect the texts and were presented and sell to the benefit of the Cimade. More writting sessions will take place this season.

Part of the texts produced during the sessions were in fact, read by some authors during the demonstration of Collectif Xclus last september. This collectif is gathering artists (musicians, singers, slam artists, illustrator, circus artists, etc.) who act together to « expose migration political decisions, to bring a message of sharing and open our mind to others but also to raise money for associations »