FFF4 | Sanctuary

Brett Bailey

Fast Forward Festival 4

3-7 & 9-10 ΜΑΥ 2017
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Port of Piraeus | Gate E2 | Petrini Apothiki (Stone Warehouse)
In English and in Greek
Age guidance: 13+
Outside the Onassis Stegi
45 minutes
Homes lost, homes threatened, and homes yearned for. Eight refugees, immigrants, activists and interpreters from the Middle East, Africa and Europe, portray fictional characters grappling with the European Union in crisis in this labyrinth-like installation, which draws on the myth of the Minotaur.
Full price: 10 €
Friend & Small groups (5-9 people): 8 €
Large groups (10+ people): 7 €
Reduced, Unemployed, People with disabilities & Companions: 5 €

Reservation is recommended due to limited availability.
South African director Brett Bailey has been raising questions about racism and post-colonialism for years. His new work, Sanctuary, is an immersive journey into the surreal terrain of the European Union in crisis, as xenophobia and populism flourish and as surveillance and border controls expand.

Upon entering a prison-like labyrinth, spectators encounter a series of vivid scenes, charged with symbolisms, that convey both the states of oblivion in which so many refugees and immigrants find themselves and the states of insecurity of the European citizens who fear them. Sanctuary considers notions of home: homes lost, homes threatened, and homes yearned for.

Brett Bailey created a sequence of scenes during a two-year research phase, which included stints at several refugee camps around Europe. The cast features eight multilingual performers, ranging in age from 20- to 70-years-old, and includes refugees, immigrants, activists, and interpreters from the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. The performers departed from Bailey’s scenes to develop fictional characters that confront the rupturing of their sanctuaries.

6 May | 12:00 | Upper Stage | OCC
Open Forum with Brett Bailey, Lionel Tomm, Françoise Hemy, Karam Kafri, Ian Robert and Magd Asaad
Chaired by Kostis Papaioannou, History teacher, ex Secretary General for Human Rights


Director, Designer: Brett Bailey
Dramaturg, Writer: Eyad Houssami
Sound design: Manolis Manousakis
Lighting design, Lighting engineer: Colin Legras
Videos: Catherine Henegan: 

Karam Al Kafri: student, activist
Magd Asaad: refugee aid, interpreter      
Sandrella Dakdouk: dancer, performer
Francoise Hémy: activist
Muna Mussie: artist, performer
Ian Robert: interpreter, performer
Nidal Sultan: actor, performer
Lionel Tomm: performer, activist, musician, student, actor, theatre pedagogue

Technical Director & Production Manager: Miguel Munoz
Sound/Video engineer: Carlo Thompson
Company & Stage Manager: Helena Erasmus
Illustration and Graphic Design: Roger Williams
Set Building: Ray Studios
Props Master: Velissarios Sirmakessis
Soundscape: Neroli written by Brian Eno
Piano: Constantinos Evangelidis
Interactive Programming: Alexandros Drymonitis
Sound Mastering: S19st
Producer and General Manager: Barbara Mathers
Executive Producer: Jan Ryan
Location managers: Panagiotis Lazarakos, Elena Lamprou
Line Production (Athens): Giorgos Tsitsas

Management: UK Arts International / Third World Bunfight
World premiere at Onassis Cultural Centre / Fast Forward Festival (Athens)

Third World Bunfight  is supported by The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund South Africa.

Co-production: Onassis Cultural Centre / Fast Forward Festival (Athens, GR), Kampnagel Hamburg (DE), Festival de Marseille / ExtraPôle Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (FR), Vooruit (Ghent, BE), Teatro Maria Matos (Lisbon, PO), LIFT (London, UK), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main (DE), Teatro Municipal do Porto (PO) and Maillon, Théâtre De Strasbourg – Scène Européenne (FR), in association with Third World Bunfight 

We warmly thank Piraeus Port Authority S.A.for kindly offering their help.

Special thanks for recitation of the recordings: Vassilis Douvitsas, Christos  J. Carras, Raphael Jason, Daniel Wetzel

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Getting there:
By Electric Urban Railway: A small shuttle bus will transfer the public from Piraeus Metro Station to the Stone Warehouse (15 minutes prior to each time slot). Visitors will first gather in a special spot inside the station.

By car from Gate E2: Enter Gate E2, and turn right. The Stone Warehouse is on your left-hand side, next to a parking lot. Follow the signage. For more information, see the map.

In preparation for Sanctuary, Brett Bailey spent time in "The Jungle" refugee camp in Calais, and the "Grand Synthe" camp in Dunkirk; on Lesvos; In several camps in Athens, Palermo and Hamburg. There, he met dozens of refugees and aid workers. He also networked with refugee and immigration organisations in Hamburg, Marseille and Athens, explaining his project to them. From these experiences, and from 2 years of research, he designed eight scenes for Sanctuary. His dramaturg – Eyad Houssami – and Brett Bailey interviewed around 60 candidate performers in Athens, Hamburg and Marseille: activists, refugees, and interpreters who work with them. From these people they selected eight performers. He gave each of the performers a scene, and during a seven day workshop in France in March, the performers developed the fictional characters to inhabit the scenes.

South African director Brett Bailey has been raising questions about racism and post-colonialism for years. His performances – from operas to site-specific, theatrical installations – investigate the complex relationships between Africa and Europe, between mythology and the atrocities of empire.

Born in 1967 in South Africa, Brett Bailey is a distinguished dramaturg, theatre and opera director, site-specific performance artist, set designer, and visual artist. For twenty years he has been artistic director of the celebrated performance company Third World Bunfight, based in Cape Town. Its aim is the production of theatre, visual installations, opera, music events, and site-specific performances that investigate our world, mostly focusing on post-colonial Africa, and the historical as well as contemporary relations of Africa with the West.  
In 2011 Brett Bailey was president of the jury of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, and a jury member for the competition  ‘Music Theatre Now’ of the International Theatre Institute. In 2009 he was artistic director of the opening ceremony for the World Summit on Arts and Culture, Johannesburg. From 2006 to 2009, he directed opening ceremonies for the Harare International Festival of the Arts, Zimbabwe. From 2008 to 2011, he was director of the public arts festival ‘Infecting the City’, Cape Town. His works have been presented all over Europe, Australia, and Africa, receiving numerous awards. These include the Gold Medal for design at the 2007 Prague Quadrennial. (Source: Hellenic Centre of the International Theatre Institute Centre)

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