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Oh home

Chapter I
The urban environment


Europe welcomes a large number of immigrants, and the percentage increases with the great migrant crisis of the last years. We are open to migration of people, but we are still debating how to deal with the impact to cultural diversity.

According to French INSEE, the status of immigrant is permanent in France: an individual continues to belong to the immigrant population even if he becomes French by acquisition. It is the country of birth, not nationality at birth, that defines the geographic origin of an immigrant.

First worked with the young dancers of Jeune Ballet de Bourgogne, the choreography describes the concept of 'home' and migration, translating to movement three texts by the authors Claudie Lesselier, Pico Iyer and Warsan Shire. Taken over this legacy, six dancers represent the same choreography in Barcelona, surrounded by another urban scene.






Pico Iyer, British-Indian essayist.
Where is home.

For more and more of us, home has really less to do with a piece of soil than, you could say, with a piece of soul. If somebody suddenly asks me: where's your home? I think about my sweetheart or my closest friends or the songs that travel with me wherever I happen to be.


Claudie Lesselier, French activist.
Femmes migrantes en France.

Migrant women today are particularly confronted with the contradiction between economic and cultural globalization, upheavals and crises in the countries of origin on the one hand, and closure of the borders of the host countries on the other.



Warsan Shire, young Kenyan-British poet.
Home.


No one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear saying, leave, run away from me now, I don't know what I’ve become, but I know that anywhere is safer than here.
Photo © Omnipresenz.