What makes home when millions are on the move?
The exciting and innovative Aakash Odedra Company is building an international ensemble incorporating talented young Turkish contemporary dancers. Using a fusion of styles #JeSuis (In Progress) explores personal stories of conflict, media manipulation, displacement and identity.
What makes home when millions are on the move? Each performance of #JeSuis (In Progress) will be followed by: JOURNEYS – The Art of Displacement Aakash Odedra Company and Journeys Festival International share the inspiration for their work, including artistic contributions from European partners, and invite an audience response and debate to issues of displacement and the meaning of ‘‘home’’.
Winner of the Amnesty International Freedom Of Expression Award 2017
Each performance will be followed by a post-show discussion where Aakash Odedra Company and Journeys Festival International will share the inspiration for their work – including artistic contributions from Journeys European partners, and invite an audience response and debate on issues of displacement and the meaning of “home”.
Please see panel information and links below.
Tuesday 10th October: Education and The Art of Displacement – what is our civic responsibility to educate children and young people about displacement?
Chair – Liz O’Neill, (z-arts, Manchester)
Speakers – Aakash Odedra Company, Tom Lanzki, (STAMP Festival, Hamburg), Rika Blunk (Artist, Hamburg)
Wednesday 11th October: Not the Fake News :Activism and The Art of Displacement
Chair – Dr. Gemma Sou, Migration Lab, University of Manchester
Speakers – Aakash Odedra Company, Takoua Ben Mohamed (Artist, Rome), Daria Labarberai (CESIE, Palermo), Zsuzsi Nagy (Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest) and Jamal Jameel (Artist, Manchester)
Thursday 12th October: European Society and The Art of Displacement -what importance does cultural participation have in migration/displacement? What type of cultural participation could exist and what types do already exist? Where are we today and where do we want to go?
Chair – Estelle Worthington (Asylum Matters, Manchester)
Speakers – Aakash Odedra Company, Cilla Baines, (Community Arts Northwest, Manchester), Mahboobeh Rajabi(The Refugee Artists Hub, Manchester)
Commissioned by Contact.
Co-production partners: Journeys Festival International (ArtReach), UK; Curve Theatre (Leicester) UK; Contact (Manchester) UK; Art Center New York University Abu Dhabi; Paradise is Here, Switzerland.
Commissioned by The Movement, a partnership between Birmingham Hippodrome, Sadler’s Wells and The Lowry.
Research and Development Supported by the British Council in Turkey and DanceXchange (UK)