Partner: Asinitas –  Sector: Social inclusion  –  Country: Italy –  Place: Rome –  Year: 2017 - 2020 –  Project Status: Ongoing –  Type: AMI

THE PROJECT IN SUMMARY

Workshops in social art theatre with young asylum seekers, refugees, Italians and second-generation youth.

THE PROJECT IN DETAIL

Objectives

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 assist the process of inclusion, socialization and integration of young foreign women recently arrived in Italy and prevent distress for their children; give voice and value to the testimony of young refugees and sensitize public opinion on the theme of migration.

Beneficiairies

Approximately 15 young refugees and asylum seekers (6 of which benefit from scholarships), as well as Italian and second-generation youth.

Activities

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 refugees and asylum seekers, young women recently arrived in Italy (often for family reunification) and their children.

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.

Until 2019 the project also included theatre with young foreign and Italian women in the Narramondi workshop at the Miguelim Intercultural Centre managed by Asinitas in Torpignattara. 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 art with the help of artists and teachers. These workshops result in performances that take place in symbolic parts of the city and neighbourhoods, as well as in the schools their children attend. The children are not only involved in expressive-narrative workshops but are able to see their mothers in a new light, no longer passive and isolated but active members of the community.

In 2020, the project concentrated on community theatre with young asylum seekers and second-generation youth, guided by a well-known director in the field of social theatre, undertaking an artistic experience that culminates in performances in various symbolic, open spaces in the neighbourhoods and the city.

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