Today we visited the regional capital Oberwart and had a public session on the main square open to migrants and local citizens. Afterwards we were given the opportunity to gather at the local support center for migrants to exchange experiences and personal backgrounds. We were very pleased to be be visited by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation who are helping to raise awareness and relate the project to a broader spectrum of the community.
Migrant Bodies has arrived in Rechnitz, a small Village on the Austrian/Hungarian Border. We will be spending the week with a group of boys aged 13 – 17 who have walked here from Afghanistan, Somalia and Eritrea. It’s been a great first day getting to know the boys and starting the work. Thank you for the warm welcome!
What happened in Bassano during the first workshop of the project? This is a short film by Roberto Cinconze about the experience of Selamawit Biruk at the first workshop of Migrant Bodies-moving borders in Bassano del Grappa.
Migrant Bodies – Moving Borders hit the city of Trieste, with a project presentation by Elisabetta Bisaro and artists Jordi Gali and Andrea Rampazzo, followed by the generous performance of T by Jordi Gali in the wonderful setting of the Hydrodynamic Power Station. Thanks to Arci Trieste and Plants prod. for making it possible!
A wonderful dance session led by Andrea, Katharina, Jordi and Žak connected and engaged the students, Dance Well dancers, asylum seekers, social workers and dance artists who came to Museo Civico this morning. Joy and artistry exploded in the crowded Sala Chilesotti. Representatives of the partner organisations together with Peggy Olislaegers, the Dance Artists and Monica Gillette reflected together and shared insights from the intensive week of explorations, discoveries and encounters.
The Migrat Bodies-moving borders choreographers led, in pairs, two dance sessions at Musei di Bassano del Grappa today. John Mpaliza inspired all of us with his experiences of being the peace walking man of Europe, sensibilizing people about the human conditions in his home land the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the afternoon Selamawit guided the participants in the moving borders walk, exploring the city centre of Bassano from her perspective.