"You and Me and Us,” an interactive performance spearheaded by Taiwanese theater director Chang Nai-wen (張乃文), will offer six shows for refugee children and their families in Berlin on June 17 and 18.
"You and Me and Us” began as a joint venture between Chang and SdF (Sisyphos, der Flugelefant, 飛象西西), a Taiwanese-German art group, to explore the impact of globalization on the significance of "home.” Taking notes from similar historic experiences in Taiwan and Germany, the collaboration uses art to narrate international issues from localized perspectives.
Between globalization and immigration, one's home and allegiance are no longer defined by race, culture, or familial ties, but by the sharing of space and time. Chang and SdF hope to expose the selfishness of those who refuse to share and choose to spread hate - is home not a universal concept? Why can't different homes co-exist?
"You and Me and Us” will unfold at the ZUsammenKUNFT, a refugee shelter operated by the German Red Cross, as part of this year's Performing Arts Festival Berlin. The borderless and transcultural production will work with 17 artists and 38 volunteers from different backgrounds to engage adult and child spectators in three daily performances on June 17 and 18.
Each session will explore the personal vision of one's utopia through singing, dancing, storytelling, puzzle-solving, and a carefully crafted set of questions designed to lead participants out of the labyrinth.
"You and Me and Us” is the overture of a trilogy called "Heimattrilogie” - or "home” - envisioned by Chang and SdF. Unlike the interactive performance style of the overture, the first act "Here We Are” will take the more traditional form of a musical when it debuts in November at English Theatre Berlin.
‘You and Me and Us'