Migrant Bodies

Migrant Bodies: performances (EU)

12.06.2015. / 20:00 / ZPC
Manuel Roque, Su-Feh Lee, Jasna Vinovrški, Alessandro Sciarroni

13.06.2015. / 18:00 / ZPC
Part 1: Cécile Proust (15:00 i 18:00), Manuel Roque, Su-Feh Lee

13.06.2015. / 21:30 / ZPC
Part 2: Jasna Vinovrški, Alessandro Sciarroni


Cécile Proust (FR)

Following the journeys she undertook with the artists participating in Migrant Bodies, Cécile offers her reflection in form of a documentary through dance, text, photos, geopolitical maps and video on her encounters with migrants. Her set is also the result of her collaboration with French video artist Jacques Hoepffner. Cécile Proust is the author of numerous choreographies. Her earlier project femmeuses was both political and poetic. She holds a Masters in Arts and Politics from the Bruno Latour a SciencesPo Paris. She has danced for Jean-Pierre Perrault, Odile Duboc, Allain Buffard, Dominique Brun, Daniel Larrieu, Theirry Thieu Nian, Bob Wilson and others.

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Dark Matter

Manuel Roque (CA)

Creation and interpretation: Manuel Roque
Music: Iannix Xenakis, Johann Sebastian Bach, recordings by Baker Beach (California), Albaquerque (New Mexico) and Joshua Tree (desert),

“November 2014, Vancouver, we encounter Harsha Walia, an activist and journalist specializing in social justice. She told us about the Canadian policies regarding migration. Following this discussion I became interested in the notion of the visibile/ invisible. Thus I created a work responding to a set of questions: Must I visible to be heard? Is invisible also subversive? What powers does invisibility hold? For me these questions resonate equally on the social, political, artistic and personal levels.”
Alongside his career as dancer for a number of companies (Cie Marie Chouinard, Dominique Porte, Peter James, Sylvain Emard, Paul Andre Fortier), Manu has choreographed many shorter works. In July 2013 he founded his company Cie Manuel Roque and created the work In Situ et Data (2014). During this period he created Aurora for the graduates of l’EDCMTL and his next work 4-OR which will be presented in Montreal in December 2015.


The Things I Carry

Su-Feh Lee (CA)

Concept, Choreography and Performance: : Lee Su-Feh
Dramaturgy: Alessandro Sciarroni
Tekst: Lee Su-Feh uz izvadke iz pjesme On a Plane koju je napisao Chris Bose.
Sound: Junhong McIntosh-Lee
Song: Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now

“My body is an archive of my experiences, my sensations, my histories and that of of my ancestors.”

Lee Su-Feh, originally from Malaysia, today makes Vancouver her home. Her dance studies included traditional dance as well as contemporary, and is marked by a range of pursuits in areas of contemporary Asian art as well as investigations in the areas of colonialism and disappearing traditions. Upon arriving to Vancovuer in 1988 she has created a body of work which questions the contemporary as it intersects the historical. She is co-director of battery opera Performance, a company which collaborates with diverse artists. Among her recent projects is the creation of a “dance machine” along with pursuit of training in the Fitzmaurice Voicework techniques. She is interested in different forms of the expression of our biological intelligence.



Alessandro Sciarroni (IT)

Invention, performance: Alessandro Sciarroni
Created through dramaturgical collaboration of the artists of Migrant Bodies.

In 2013, Alessandro Sciarroni embarked on a new a new cycle of research. Following his earlier works which were rooted in research into specific communities and displacing ideas researched outside of the original contexts, his current works are based on the investigation of a single action one which belongs to the domain of the general, yet also to humanity. The idea is that if this one action is repeated over and over again and transformed into rhythm, it will have the power to reveal the nature of people and it will uin turn generate a new significant act . For the project Migrant Bodies he has taken the concept of the English word ‘Turning” and the definition to “spin” to also mean change and evolve as he focuses on the act of the body turning endlessly.

Alessandro Sciarroni is Italian artist who is present in the world of performing arts and whose past works have been rooted in the visual arts as well as in theatre. His works have included the participation and collaboration of artists of different disciplines and he is equally present at dance as well as contemporary theatre festivals, in addition to his works being featured in museums, galleries and other unconventional spaces.Since 2007, his work has been performed in 21 European countries, in Uruguay and in the United Arab Emirates. From 2012 the artist’s poetical research changed radically and he started creating long-running shows that merge languages from Contemporary Dance and Performance Art characterized by rigorous conceptual projects having strong emotional impact on the audience.


Staying Alive

Jasna L. Vinovrški (HR)

Idea, Choreography and Performance: Jasna L. Vinovrški
Collaborators: Mini I-Pad and books
Music: Bee Gees, Staying Alive

Staying Alive is a reflection an ingrained the sense of order and control that migrants be they human or not are subject to. The work poses the question on the impact of the enforcement of order which is inherent to the processes of migration, and how it impacts our own perception and discourse on the theme of migration.

Jasna Layes Vinovrški, born in Zagreb, Croatia has been working internationally and most prominently in recent years in Germany. Her work often references and questions the subject of bureaucratic structures and their impact on the sense of identity. She is also intrigued by the notion of the private and public in the context of performing arts. Since 2008., Jasna L. Vinovrški together with Clement Layes co-directors the performing company Public in Private in Berlin. She is pursuing her doctorate at the University of Giessen ATW, mentored by Dr. Bojana Kunst.


About the project


Migrant bodies, a two year research project funded by EU, is presented in Zagreb as part of the opening of 32 Dance Week Festival.

The project invited 16 artists (6 choreographers/dancers, 5 writers, 5 visual artists) from three European countries and two Canadian provinces to carry out two years of research on migrations and the social and cultural impacts that migrations generate in local societies.

The world of today is traversed, physically, by a population almost as big in numbers as a continent: the population of migrants. Migrants due to famine, war, persecution, or by choice, all of them carry their own territory in their bodies – often their only ‘belonging’ and their core identity.

Migration resonates differently and has different impacts in each of the involved cities, influencing the demographic, social, cultural, artistic, economic and political scenes. Migrants are increasingly seen as a core element of our self-perception, and the key to understanding ourselves and others
Can we and how do we perceive ourselves in the Other, in the encounters with the Other? Migrants contribute to a new sense of multicultural citizenship and transform our sense of belonging, calling for constructive dialogue on cultural differences, identifying the need to reinforce social inclusion and to fight against discrimination and prejudices, creating a sense of mutual understanding and a space of dialogue and tolerance upon which we build new worlds. Migrant Bodies seeks to create a European/Canadian laboratory, in which mainstream images in relation to migration are examined through the universal language of the arts. Migrant Bodies uses artistic tools to share a civil reflection on migrations and the cultural impact and differences they bring, seen as sources of values and richness for the whole European and Canadian societies.

All this has resulted in six works created by six dance artists/choreographers: Lee Su-Feh (Canada), Alessandro Sciarroni (Italy), Jasna Vinovrški (Croatia), Cécile Proust (France), Manuel Roque (Canada) and Ginelle Chagnon (Canada).

These works will be presented in different spaces at Zagreb dance center supported by an exhibit of art works created by elementary school students in response to questions posed on the topic of migration and arising issues of identity. The artists also invite the public into a common space of the Protocol to exchange and share experiences and stories reflecting on identity, migration and a sense of culture.

Migrant Bodies is a project created in partnership between Comune di Bassano del Grappa (Italy), La Briqueterie - Centre de développement chorégraphique du Val de Marne (France), Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique (Québec), The Dance Centre (British Columbia) and HIPP: The Croatian Institute for Dance and Movement (Croatia).