It's difficult to express in words what "homeland" means to young people who live in the Jenin refugee camp in the Palestinian territory of West Jordan. Young artists from Spinnwerk - a theatre workshop for children and young adults supported by the Schauspiel Leipzig - and the Freedom Theatre in Jenin will collaborate in creating a fictional place with theatrical means, where young people can project their own ideas and hopes. The performers Jörg Lukas Matthaei and Nabil al Raee will work with 20 young people from Jenin and Leipzig over a period of two theatre seasons. Together they will develop texts and scenes taken from their own lives and perform them as two theatrical interventions in public space in both cities. The joint venture will be accompanied by a supplementary programme directed by the in-house philosopher at the Schauspiel Leipzig, Guillaume Paoli, which will highlight and examine the current political developments and political implications of the partnership.
Theatres: Schauspiel Leipzig / Spinnwerk and The Freedom Theatre, Jenin refugee camp
Artists / participants: ten young people from Leipzig and ten young people from the Jenin refugee camp (PS) ages 15 to 18, Juliano Mer Khamis (PS), Nabil Al Raee (PS), Jörg Lukas Matthaei, Prof. Dr. Anja Klöck, Katrin Richter, Guillaume Paoli
September 2009 - July 2011