Emigrantes - Emigrantes is a look, though the eyes of children, at the experience of being a refugee. Choreographers Tereza Ondrová and Veronika Kotlíková drew inspiration from children’s view of the world and the spontaneity of their movement. The half fairy-tale story has a real model. The fate of a small boy who, together with others, had to leave the well-known place he called home. His memories fragment, and begin to lose their sharp contours. His life has suddenly changed into a question, a search for a safe place, a desire to be accepted without prejudice.
"The atmosphere of the production continuously balances on the border between nostalgia and grotesque. This oscillation creates dramatic tension, which the authors masterfully step up until the final catharsis. This is connected with a significant shift in conceptual reach, since the final scene features a screen full of shining stars projected on to it. One of the heroes, an Armenian boy called Edu, puts on a space suit and an astronaut’s helmet and, with an eloquent farewell gesture, disappears into the darkness. The stars twinkle and we know that the distance between the reality of our lives and the desires of the little boy is cosmic, therefore relative."
(by Julie Kočí, www.tanecnizona.cz)
"Four adults and five children form a group that creates an extremely natural impression. Each respects the space and the communication needs of the others, and reacts willingly and kindly to invitations to cooperate… The actors do not overact, but create a real world with an authentic message."
(by Lucie Břinková, www.tanecniaktuality.cz)
The production was created as part of a two-year residence by the group in the Archa.lab, and is connected to a long-term dramaturgical focus of the Archa Theatre concerning the lives of people in crisis situations.
Produced with the support of the Prague City Hall, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Nadace život umělce (Life of an Artist Foundation) and the Archa Theatre.