Fabrice Murgia

Premiere on January 24th 2012 | Théâtre National Bruxelles

In Fabrice Murgia’s production -somewhere between a documentary and our imagination, between reality and virtual reality- actors and marionettes tell us how an exile come across a police officer in charge of the expulsion of immigrants.

The European Community as it was imagined and conceived was an improvement in the territory development and well-being of its inhabitants; a project whereby Europe could have opened up to the world. Today, however, Europe withdraws into herself, erects walls, changes into a fortress impossible to breach unless you belong to a rich country. How many asylum seekers are confined in the open air jails of Libya before even getting to Europe? How many die in dangerous boats crossing the Mediterranean ? And when the migrants arrive on the Italian shores, their hell is far from being over.

Fabrice Murgia – whose play LIFE: RESET/Chronique d’une ville épuisée confirms the artist’s talent, which had been discovered with Le Chagrin des Ogres – went all the way to Africa to understand how Europe looks from there. The encounter with migrants, their dreams, disillusions and stories, nourished the artist’s new play, a performance as unique as its predecessors were.  

Production: Théâtre National/Bruxelles
Co-production: Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe/Paris, Teatro Stabile di Napoli. In collaboration with Teatrul National Radu Stanca/Sibiu.

During its production and tour, this performance was accompanied by the citizens’ workshop  Moving cities Bruxelles.