“As migrants we leave home in search of a future, but we lose the past”
Kiribu from SPIRASI dance workshops for migrants
Irish Modern Dance Theatre presents
The cast of Bloodlines on Rohingya Rememberance Day on Sunday 25 August at VISUAL Arts Centre, Carlow. Photo: Nick Bradshaw, The Irish Times
Irish Modern Dance Theatre created Bloodlines as a performative installation, as a purifying dance work using memory and personal history, to give dignity and agency to the displaced people now living in Ireland. To inspire and educate the public, to celebrate diversity and inclusivity. To facilitate a meeting of cultures, to reflect all people living in Irish society, to support the evolution of a future Irish identity beyond the existing, received notion of Irishness.
Concept and Choreography: John Scott
Performers: Sebastiao Kamalandua, Kiribu, Solomon Ijgade, Haile Tkabo and members of the Rohingya community of Carlow
Bloodlines is a performance/installation based on the idea of Sand Mandalas: a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made of coloured sand. It is the creation of a beautiful dance work using memory and personal history.
John Scott has been working with asylum
seekers and refugees since 2003, mostly
through SPIRASI's asylum services. In the course of this work, Scott and the participants created powerful and resonant dance and film works, using fragments of personal stories.
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