The Promised Land
In this visual musical theatre performance, the audience slowly becomes part of a large influx of migrants: on a boat trip, waiting, and following orders, reminiscent of early twentieth century America. Waiting, hoping, standing in the queue, filling in forms, saying goodbye, and then waiting and hoping some more. In silent choreographies and short, violent outbursts, all aspects of immigration are considered, up to and including the first migrant guesthouse, poverty, and hard work.
The public wanders through a huge warehouse on an industrial estate on the outskirts of Amsterdam. In a hidden corner, we created a place where you get the feeling that a large family has spent some time here illegally, and has just left in a hurry. To emphasize the timelessness of the theme, and to bring history into the present, we use a mix of historical and contemporary objects in a room with a documentary atmosphere. We go far into that mix of fiction and reality, and put ourselves in the shoes of an imaginary family. How did they move through the small space? Down to the cigarettes in the ashtray, and the composition of the socks on the drying rack.
director Ria Marks
Titus Tiel Groenestege
costumes Carin Eilers
sound Robert van Delft
light Stefan Dijkman
Ria Marks, Titus Tiel Groenestege