Choreographer Fang Yun Lo and her colleagues – the Vietnamese choreographer Ngo Thanh Phuong and the Taiwanese set designer Cheng Ting Chen – interviewed over one hundred people with Vietnamese backgrounds in Germany and Taiwan as part of a two-year journalistic research project. In spontaneous encounters at work, in stores, and snack bars, they talked about their experiences as immigrants or as members of families caught between cultures. “Home Away From Home” weaves dozens of memories together into a touching, polyphonic journey through the Vietnamese expatriate communities that are often invisible. Divided into small groups, the audience meets six performers at different stations throughout the theater who tell their own stories and those of their families – as artists, workers, YouTubers, and students. A complex mosaic of human relationships emerges from stories, pictures, films, and audio pieces. “Home Away From Home” tells the story of the global dimensions of labor migration and intercultural reality, and reports on disruptions and structural violence, while simultaneously exploring the overarching human categories of home, identity, and happiness. “Home away from home” is part 2 of a choreographic series on identity and plurality.
Duration: 1 hr. 40 min.
Performers: Vũ Phương Thảo, Võ Thị Hồng Cẩm Thuý, Phạm Minh Đức, Nguyễn Thu Hằng, Phan Mỹ Nương, Bùi Văn Quý
Direction Fang Yun Lo Artistic collaboration Ngô Thanh Phương Stage design Cheng-Ting Chen Music, Sound design Patrik Zosso, Daniel Somaroo Acuña Video, Editing, Camera, Film direction Andrés Hilarión Madariaga Light design, Technical lead Max Rux Project assistance Vũ Mạnh Đức Video support René Liebert (STUDIO6) Stage camera Andrés Aguilo Production management Sabina Stücker, Ya-Ting Tsai
Project funding Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf [DE]; Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen KdFS, Dresden [DE]; National Culture and Arts Foundation Taiwan ,Taipei [TW]; Fonds Darstellende Künste, Berlin [DE]; Cultural Foundation NRW, Düsseldorf [DE]; Goethe-Institut Taipeh, Taipei [TW]; City of Dresden (Office for Culture and Monument Preservation), Dresden [DE]; City of Essen (Office for Culture), Essen [DE]
Research partner Vietnamese Migrant Workers and Immigrants Office, Taoyuan [TW]; DOMiD Documentation Center and Museum of Migration in Germany, Cologne [DE]; TU-Dresden – Center for Integration Studies, Dresden[DE]
Research funding Goethe-Institut Taipeh [TW]; Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf [DE]; North Rhine-Westphalia State Office for the Independent Performing Arts, Dortmund [DE]
Languages Vietnamese, Taiwanese Mandarin, German Available subtitles Vietnamese, Mandarin Chinese, German, English