Cyprus Mail

Identities found on stage

A diverse group of individuals will perform a blend of unique stories based on real-life events, as a means to talk about identity on Wednesday in Nicosia.

The performance, under the name Here I Am, will feature a number of young refugees, migrants and locals who participated in the workshops of the NiCeR Project implemented in Cyprus by the local immigrant support group KISA. The aim of the NiCeR Project is to elaborate a new approach for the integration of refuges at the local level.

Based on the techniques of improvisation and Image Theatre, the participants explored questions and concepts like home, identity and integration during the workshop. On this journey to self-discovery, they discovered each other, they challenged their limits and, following the thread that unites them, they discovered common values – which will be apparent on stage as their personal stories intertwine.

After the end of the performance, the audience will have the opportunity to hear about the story behind each identity in an attempt to help audience members share in the experience and consider their own identities. In this way, the distance between what we call the self and the foreign will be reduced.

The performance is part of the transnational project NiCeR – Innovative Methods for the Integration of Young Refugees, co-financed by the European Union and implemented in six European cities. The main aim of the project is to encourage the social and cultural integration of refugee youths through the performing-arts approach and an awareness campaign.

Here I Am
A performance based on true life stories. May 24. Enallax Music Stage, Nicosia. 8pm. Free. Tel: 22-430121

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