Osynliga Teatern | Det levda baklänges
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About This Project

The story is set in the immigration office. The audience is invited to take part in the story with the use of VR googles and they take part of an interrogation setting. Through the glasses they experience the situation of Marwan Arkawi, a 23 year old refugee from Syria, they are now in his shoes – the audience “becomes” Marwan and experience what he been through – from leaving/escaping his home to the interrogation in a foreign country. The interrogation is held backwards – you are him. The second part of the performance he asks you to take of the googles and in front, a person you have never seen but realize it´s the person you have been during the first part.  And he starts to tell the entire story as it should be told not backwards – but from A to Z. It’s a performance that invites the audience to experience and take part in the story of a life, backwards and forwards.

Based on true stories

The material is based on interviews with asylum applicants, lawyers working on the cases, the interpreters who translate and the migration officer that receive them. We want to highlight the Nordic migration policies and what it means on a personal level. The performance is interactive where the audience will experience a documentary story from the asylum seeker – through his view and inner perspective.

Marwan Arkawi – Marwan Arkawi
Joanna Dahlgren – Case officer at Migrationsverket
Nasreen Aljanabi Larsson – Translator
Jo Rideout – Lawyer

Directors: Tomas Rajnai & Jens Nielsen
Set design: Annika Tosti
Graphic Design: Leon Martinsen & Christoffer Höring

Grade: Richard Ahlbäck, THE L_NE

Post: Johan Holm

Selected for the Swedish Scenkonstbiennialen 2017!

Press quotes:
“en smärtsam totalupplevelse som retar alla sinnen” Dagens Nyheter
“Arkawi övertygar med sin berättelse” Aftonbladet
“Det är generöst, fängslande och skickligt. Jag känner mig priviligerad och hedrad över att ha fått ta del av Arkawis resa.” Teaterstockholm.se
“Jag önskar och vill att du ser den här föreställningen. Det unnar jag dig.” Teaterstockholm.se

With support from Kulturkontakt Nord, Nordisk Kulturfond, Konstnärsnämnden and Stockholms Stad.