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Invisible Lands (Fin: Näkymättömät maat, Swe: Osynliga Länder)
Choreography and direction: Sandrina Lindgren and Ishmael Falke
Performance: Sandrina Lindgren and Ishmael Falke
Sound design: Niklas Nybom
Lighting design: Jarkko Forsman
Production: Grus Grus Teatteri
This performance uses miniature figures and body in an attempt to grasp the vulnerability of refugee-ness.
Our bodies are our homes, the landscape of our lives. By using bodies as organic performance platforms, geography and politics are physically extended and emotionally transformed. In a unique meeting between puppetry, physicality, choreography and video projections we witness the chaos-filled journeys into exile of displaced people all trying to save their skins.
Since its premiere this innovative production has been highly acclaimed by international audiences. It reminds us powerfully that our opinion of refugees is largely a matter of choosing our point of view. These people – anyone, anywhere, anytime – are not other. Under different circumstances they are us.
"(★★★★★)...The pulses of the performers breathe life into the models as they queue at border crossings, flee helicopters and crowd on to boats. It’s masterfully done, the combination of physical effort and contrasting scale making the wordless tale devastatingly sad." – The Guardian, 8.2.2019
Invisible Lands has toured internationally since 2017, visiting festivals in for example England, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, Czech Republic, Norway and Belgium.