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Rome - On June 28 a group of asylum seekers took one of the most prestigious stages in Rome to paraphrase their story of forced migration, refugee camps and life in war zones. After training and rehearsing for months inside the center for asylum seekers in Castelnuovo di Porto near Rome, the asylum seekers debuted in “Breath”, the second episode of a trilogy on migration started in 2015. Art to express, but also to alleviate the awaiting time until the refugee status, delayed in the long process of the institutions approval. The theatre play premiered at the Argentina theatre, one of the oldest and most prestigious theatres in central Rome.

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Produced by Virginia Vitalone
Directed by Nikolai Berger
Video Language en
Produced Jun 30, 2016
Published Jun 30, 2016
Production Company Raw-News

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On June 28, a group of asylum seekers re-elaborated the traumatic experience of their arrival to Europe with music, choreographs, and recitals in front of hundreds of people in one of the most prestigious theatre of Rome.

The 20 African men participating in the theatre play "Breath" all arrived to the Italian coasts, now requesting asylum in Italy. Together with internationally-recognized director Riccardo Vannuccini and his project “Escaping Theatre”, the migrants have rehearsed for many months in the migration center of Castelnuovo di Porto (Rome) that has hosted them since their arrival in Italy. They have undertaken this abstract and artistic journey to alleviate the memory of life before Italy but also to relieve the awaiting time until they are granted their refugee status.

Requesting asylum in Italy can take several months, if not years. For some of these people, the awaiting time has been so long they even participated in the first theatre play of the trilogy, “Sand”, which took place in June 2015. While the asylum seekers wait for their refugee approval, stuck in a "limbo" in a refugee center, art and theatre can then support them to process their journey, help them integrate and give them an occasion to tell their story to an audience of hundreds of people who can then see them under a new perspective, shining in the lights of a 400-years- old theatre in the heart of Rome.

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