/art cooperation/
refugee camp at the Bělá pod Bezdězem, Czech  2005
director: J. Svobodová
production: Theatre Archa, Prague


The goal of the project was to create a dramatic performance at the Bělá pod Bezdězem – Jezová refugee camp and present it to the community. From the beginning the project actively drew refugees into the creative process of staging a theatrical show. Working together, professional artists and asylum-seekers developed a new artistic form that could be described as “social-specific”. This form uses theatre as a strong instrument of communication and means of exposing obstacles to tolerance and understanding between the ethnic minorities and majorities in the Czech Republic.
The performance had the benefit of mixing languages and various ethnic musical elements. The concept and direction of the piece proceeded from the specific local and architectural elements of the camp, the abilities of those involved, and above all the stories of the people who have left their old homes and have yet to find new ones.