Social art theatre workshops with young women who are newly arrived in Italy for family reunification and with young asylum seekers and refugees.
THE PROJECT IN DETAIL
To create a unified poetic aspiration and language for migrants and Italians in order to foster shared belonging to a hybrid community through theatre, fairy tales, myths and theatrical works that are universal and transcend culture. To positively influence the processes of inclusion, socialisation and integration of young foreign women who have recently arrived in Italy and prevent the distress experienced by their children; to convey and promote the testimonies of young refugees and sensitise public opinion on migration issues.
10 young foreign women from the Miguelim Intercultural Centre, 8 Italian women, 2 second-generation foreign girls and 8 children of the women participants who are newly arrived in Italy for family reunification.
15 asylum seekers and refugees; 8 young Italian and 2 young second-generation foreign boys.
This project aims to mitigate the hardening climate as concerns migration using art as a means to create an authentic meeting ground between people involving cultural exchange and a sense of community belonging as an antidote to the frequent episodes of intolerance occurring in Rome. In particular, the project uses the theatrical disciplines and oral narrative to give voice to the disadvantage experienced by many vulnerable people: young women who have just arrived in Italy (often for family reunification) and their children, young refugees and asylum seekers. For the young women, the narrative arts are a way to meet and share experiences in order to overcome the sense of upheaval, culture shock, nostalgia and exclusion as a result of socioeconomic marginalization, sharing their fears and anxieties connected with raising their children alone. For asylum seekers who have just arrived in Italy, theatre is an opportunity to heal broken lives and overcome the traumas of their travels, helping to build a new identity and sense of belonging along with their Italian contemporaries.
The foreign and Italian women are involved in the Narramondi workshop at the Miguelim Intercultural Centre managed by Asinitas in Torpignattare. Here, the young women share their experiences through oral narratives and fairy tales, myths and stories from around the world one morning a week, using performance art, music, dance and shadow play with the help of artists and teachers. These workshops result in performances that take place in various parts of the city as well as in the schools their children attend. The children are involved in expressive-narrative workshops through which they are able to see their mothers in a new light, no longer passive and isolated but active members of the community.
The young migrants and second-generation boys are also involved in the Città Sospesa theatrical workshops at the italian school run by Asinitas in via Ostiense, leading to a show that will also be performed in symbolic outdoor places in the neighbourhood and city.
In 2018 the young migrants and Italians took part in the Edipo a Colono theatrical workshop that ended with the performance Indidy Mamadi e il Dono and the Narramondi workshop ended with the performance Narikontho and both works has won the ministry’s MigrArti 2018 grant. In 2017 the youths took part in the Mistero Buffo theatrical workshop that resulted in the performance of a re-interpretation of a work by Majakovskij that was awarded the cultural heritage ministry’s MigrArti 2017 prize.
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