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Brett Bailey

Le Cap l duration : 35'

A labyrinth that is also a refuge or a maze that is also a prison? This show designed by the South African director Brett Bailey explores the notion of sanctuary. A fictional work based on testimonials, it evokes the states of uncertainty experienced by people seeking refuge in Europe today.

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Once the audience have stepped over the threshold of Sanctuary, the doors slam shut behind them. When they’ve regained their composure, they walk through a maze made up of several scenes involving European citizens, migrants, or refugees in Marseille, Hamburg, Athens, etc. A group of professional and amateur performers invites the audience to listen to stories told by men and women who, like them, have experienced the same situations. For this new work, Brett Bailey has collected numerous testimonials from people in exile living in shelters, waiting to live out their dreams elsewhere. Brett Bailey and his team have used this material to create eight humanistic scenarios that speak with great sensitivity of a continent struggling to cope with the challenges of contemporary exile.


Several presentations per day.


A co-production of Festival de Marseille - Extra Pôle Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Presented in collaboration with Onassis Cultural Center (Athens) and Kampnagel (Hambourg).

Practical information

16 juin : 3 séances de 17h à 18h00
17 juin : 6 séances de 13h30 à 18h30
18 juin : 6 séances de 13h30 à 18h30
19 juin : 3 séances de 17h30 à 18h30
20 juin : 6 séances de 14h à 21h
21 juin : 6 séances de 12h30 à 17h30
Where ? Friche la Belle de Mai

Entance 1 : 41, rue Jobin, 3e
Entrance 2 : 12, rue François Simon, 3e
tel. +33 (0)4 95 04 95 95 /

metro - 1 stop Saint Charles
tram - 2 stop Longchamp
bus - 49 and 52 stop Belle de Mai
bike - terminal n°3321 - Belle de Mai Friche




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Compagnie Third World Bunfight Concept et direction artistique Brett Bailey Performeurs Karam Al Kafri, Magd Asaad, Sandrella Dakdouk, Francoise Hémy, Muna Mussie, Ian Robert, Nidal Sultan, Lionel Tomm Dramaturgie Eyad Houssami Création sonore Manolis Manousakis Création lumière Colin Legras Direction technique et production Miguel Munoz Technicien audio-visuel Carlo Thompson Tournée et régie plateau Helena Erasmus Production exécutive Jan Ryan et Barbara Mathers Administration UK Arts International / Third World Bunfight Crédit photo Nicky Newman

Coproduction Third World Bunfight ;  Onassis Cultural Center / Fast Forward Festival ( Athens ) ;  Kampnagel ( Hambourg ) ;  Festival de Marseille - danse et arts multiples / ExtraPôle Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur* ;  Vooruit ( Ghent ) ;  Teatro Maria Matos ( Lisbonne ) ;  LIFT ( Londres ) ;  Künstlerhaus Mousonturm ( Francfort ) ;  Teatro Municipal de Porto ;  Le Maillon Théâtre de Strasbourg - Scène Européenne.

Third World Bunfight reçoit le soutien de The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund South Africa.

*Plateforme de production soutenue par la Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur rassemblant le Festival d’Avignon, le Festival de Marseille, le Théâtre National de Nice, le Théâtre National de la Criée, Les Théâtres et la Friche la Belle de Mai.

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