Closed Lands Preview
Feb 29 2020, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
A unique fusion of poetry, satire, reportage, and traveller’s diary, Closed Lands traces the history of modern walls – real and metaphorical – from Berlin to Mexico to Europe. Beginning in 1989 with the euphoria for the fall of the Berlin wall – “the end of shame”, as it was described – it moves in space and time to Mexico, the Sahara desert, and the wall of water surrounding “Fortress Europe”. Based on factual research and performed by actors who are all migrants in the UK, Closed Lands chronicles the “Free world’s” obsession with border walls and our journey back to shame.
LegalAliens’ powerful and evocative multimedia production features five women rotating through the roles of migrant, politician, citizen, CEO and a VIP bot, all part of a perverse and random mechanism. As our lives become increasingly part of a gigantic video game, even the most dramatic situations – boats crossing the Med, border controls- can be sold to the public as glamorous products.
By Simon Grangeat
Laure Fernandez and LegalAliens
Daiva Dominyka Becka McFadden