Oh home
Chapter I
Chalon sur Saône, France — 2018

France 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 cultural diversity.

According to 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.

The nine young dancers of Jeune Ballet de Bourgogne describe the concept of 'home' and migration, translating to movement three texts by the authors Claudie Lesselier, Pico Iyer and Warsan Shire. 

The city is an emblematic place, and the locations represent something very identificative, such as an arquitecture, a urban or natural site. Chalon sur Saône, Barcelona, Venice and Montreal are linked in a map of personal experiences.

Warsan Shire, young Kenyan-British poet.
Home; full text.

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.

Claudie Lesselier, French activist.
Femmes migrantes en France; extract.

Les femmes migrantes aujourd’hui sont tout particulièrement confrontées à la contradiction entre mondialisation économique et culturelle, bouleversements et crises dans les pays d’origine d’une part, et fermeture des frontières des pays d’accueil d’autre part.
Pico Iyer, British-Indian essayist.
Where is home; extract.

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.

Photo © João Queirolo.