Director: Matt White (Greenlight Arts)
Writer: Isaac Mulè
Movement Choreographed by: Jeff Fox
In February 2017 reports began to surface of a gay-purge being authorized by the authorities in Chechnya, forcing thousands of people into hiding. Since that time there have been reports of concentration camps, calls from the Government for families to perform honour killings, and the disappearance of hundreds of people. In September 2017, 31 people from Chechnya were brought to Canada, but since then there has been no action or comment by the Canadian Government or the UN.
In this theatrical production we follow four characters (Daryia, Sofia, Ivan, and Alexei) who, inspired by those before them, are planning to escape from Chechnya. Unable to rely on the UN or other foreign support, they make contact with someone who says they can help. But can they be trusted? And where will they take them? Leaving Chechnya may be the easy part, but immigrating to a new country could provide it’s own challenges.
This piece looks to raise awareness for LGBTQ+ people living under the constant threat of Government sanctioned violence, and who have nowhere to go. In 2017 the “UN Refugee Agency’s annual Global Trends study found 68.5 million people had been driven from their homes across the world”.
This projects looks to ensure that these stories are not forgotten amid the ongoing violence millions are facing every day across the world.
Thursday March 7th, 2019 @ KWLT
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