NXT creatives

Sebastian Gisi & Alejandra Jenni Palma

Folkwang Universität der Künste

Hör Mir Zu (Listen to Me)

Hör Mir Zu (Listen to Me) is a physical theatre piece devised and performed by Sebastian Gisi and Alejandra Jenni Palma.

'Listen to me
and Ill explain to you who I am. 
I really want to talk to you about my striving – like every human being.
Yes I am a refugee, a person that has a heart – just like you.
Yes a wounded man but not a dangerous one.
Switch off the television open your eyes and look around you to understand the reasons for my presence here.
You may ask me: Why am I here? And what am I looking for?' - Boubacar

A bench anywhere could be the meeting point between you and him. 

Hör Mir Zu (Listen to Me) is a piece about a long and troublesome journey to Europe, having arrived and what then?

On a bench, two young artists devote themselves to an exemplary story. It could be anyones story who has left his country in search of a peaceful life. Told with a few words, interactive scenes, situationally motivated acrobatic sequences and powerful movement compositions, ‘Listen to me’ is an attempt to provide an emotional basis of discussion with the aim to encourage dialogue with refugees.

Artist Statement

When we started working on the topic of this piece, the problem was not yet overwhelming Europe but still we felt the big need to bring attention to the situation of refugees. What are their reasons to leave, what journey do they take and what difficulties do they face in the process of integration? This is a representative procedure in our work: we always choose topics that we think effect society directly and we aim to build stories based on true statements. Coming from a physical theatre background, we then take the bodies as a starting point to develop a piece. Movement is a common language that reaches the audience, with no intellectual intermediate step.

An aim of ours is to reach audiences beyond the theatre space by teaching the piece to other young artists and by showing it in other contexts, such as cafes, churches and outdoors. After the showings of this piece, we organised discussion spaces where refugees and audience members could meet and converse with each other. A main characteristic of our work is that we always try to use art as a weapon to fight ignorance and convenience.