“Performing the self – the interview” stages the impossible conversation between a protection officer and an asylum seeker just before the interpreter arrives.
Drawing on interviews with protection officers, asylum seekers, recognized refugees, lawyers and social workers as well the academic literature, “Performing the self – the interview” zooms in on the protection officer and the asylum seeker as co-producers of a dialogical but reliable and consistent life story, a new and reasonable plot whose crucial goal is to be awarded
with the asylum status. Such interview becomes thus a real “make or break moment” in the life of the asylum seeker.
What might happen before such an overloaded conversation begins? “Performing the self – the interview” builds up an imaginary space that redefines the existing protocol of questions and answers, mutual expectations and power relations.
Text, dramaturgy and setting: Enrica Camporesi and Elena Mazzi Performers: Maya Sannen and Fady Alghorra
Coaches: Mokhalled Rasem, Kristin Rogghe, Koen Van Kaam Filmmaking and editing: Daniele Alef Grillo
Live video: Luca Mattei
Subtitles: Laurien Versmissen
Production: Maf, d e t h e a t e r m a k e r, ThalieLab Coproduction: De Vooruit
With the support of: Fonds voor talentontwikkeling – Stad Antwerpen, Musumeci Contemporary
In collaboration with: Schrijfatelier Zuidpool, Rataplan, Troubleyn/ Labo, Victoria Deluxe
With many thanks to: Tyson Beilan, Carl Cappelle, Katie Lenanton, KunstZ