Company of Refugees

The Project

a project by Teatro dell’Argine
from September 2005 to September 2013
Realizing projects and shows with a strong social, cultural and artistic value has always been among TdA’s main objectives since its creation, and TdA’s work has always been founded on such keywords as sharing, participation, confrontation. That’s why, since 2005, TdA organizes theatre workshops for intercultural groups involving migrants, asylum seekers and political refugees along with Italian actors and theatre students. Along the years the project has consolidated, becoming a benchmark for migrants and refugees of many different countries and experiences.
The Refugees Company represents one of the best results in this direction: the first workshop involving asylum seekers was implemented in 2005.
The group – whose composition changes ceaselessly to give the opportunity to more and more participants to join in – has always welcome people coming from all over the world: Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Kurdistan, Albania, India, Congo, Cameroon, Morocco, Liberia, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, China, Poland, Kosovo, Brazil, Ghana, Russia, Sierra Leone, Syria, Somalia.
Many of these people are asylum seekers, escaped from their homeland because of political persecution. Often arrived to Italy since a few months, they live waiting that the Italian State, that has welcomed them, grants them the status of political refugees. This limbo they live in is partly filled by training courses or Italian lessons; thinking to this empty time, the workshop intends to give them the possibility to express themselves and communicate, by using theatre techniques in a peer to peer way of working. This can also be a chance to socialize and have a benchmark for people in such a legal, social and economic situation, not having access to many utilities.
This experience has produced several shows along the years: Candido (Candide), Il calcio in faccia (A Football Kick in the Teeth), La stagione delle piogge (The Raining Season by the Ghanaian author Nii Oma Hunter), America America, the performance Rifugio Italia (Shelter Italy) and Il violino del Titanic - Ovvero non c'è mai posto nelle scialuppe per tutti (The Violin of Titanic – Or there’s never enough place on lifeboats for everyone).
In 2013 the Refugees Company has become an indipendent cultural association. The new path has just begun…


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