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Theatre & Migration:
Creative Encounters

An applied theatre project that explored exilic identities and practices through a practice-led workshop and public conversation.

Led by Fadi Skeiker, Syrian theatre practitioner and scholar (University of Arts Philadelphia, USA), the practice-led, participatory workshop used applied theatre techniques to approach topics of exile, refugeedom and asylum in performance. The workshop used textual and physical elements in an experimental way.


Participants were asked to read the following two articles in advance and to bring a printed copy to the workshop:

Access the workshop reading #1 and #2 


The panel discussion focused on modalities of migrant representation in current theatre productions, cultural initiatives, multi-arts projects and editorial practices. The conversation opened up to the public in an extended Q&A session as part of the debate.


Speakers: Fadi Skeiker (University of Arts Philadelphia, USA), André Amálio (Hotel Europa Theatre, Portugal), Ana Bigotte Vieira (IFILNOVA/ IHC /CET, and Szabolcs Musca (New Tides Platform).

This project was part of an ongoing arts & research initiative that looked at emerging theatrical responses to migration in light of recent migration and shifts in global politics and economics. We aimed to survey new theatrical forms of migrant representation and to talk about possible impacts on national theatre cultures in shaping the perception of non-European migrants and migrant cultures. We brought together academic and practitioners’ perspectives to look at migration from the grounds of theatre making, creating a platform where creative practices as well as cultural, theoretical and policy perspectives can meet and be debated.


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