"the" foreign woman looks for the native inside herself hidden beneath several layers of individual life stories.
detaching biographies from time and space.
direction/conception/text: cristina elias
performance: anca huma
set design: annisa jabour
video: virgis puodziunas
radialsystem, berlin, 2011
Seven different stories. However, the same structure for all of them: leaving the comfort zone to reach out for a new life. Migration. Migration not only in what concerns to leaving a country, the homeland... but also to leaving stories, situations, people... and diving into the new. Taking the risk of “stepping” on a “mined field” required for these seven characters a solid “grounding” and a deep connection to their own “selves” as protections they could carry every where: Their own body as refuge. Seven different women. However, the same structure for all of them. Is there a “core” of femininity? If all the layers of social, cultural, racial, geographical and ageing traces were systematically stripped out of these individuals, would their naked seed be similar?
The project “Here and There [or Somewhere Inbetween]” started with interviews with seven migrant women. Despite the variety of the social-cultural backgrounds and geographical provenience of each of them, a basic structure in each of these “story-lines” popped out with relevant power: the inevitability of the “journey” and the enclosure in their own inner selves as a protective reaction towards the threats of the outside world and the others. From these seven interviews, seven stories were written in textual form and filtered from any factual details of time and space. The result was a mosaic of seven pieces of stories that, when set up together, made sense as a whole.