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SHAPESHIFTING

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“I loved the clever use of very simple scenic elements to create different effects and emotions. The scenes where the actress plays with the materials are very powerful. She is incredibly versatile, a very strong stage presence.”

“A story many people can identify with. Anyone who has been forced to learn the language and felt like they have lost part of themselves.”

“Very entertaining. I’m not Italian but speak a bit of the language and I laughed out loud at some of the scenes. I also appreciated how the show describes an Italy that isn’t the one we get to see as tourists. I’m from Sheffield and had no idea similar realities existed in Italy. I realise how little we know about most European countries. Also how casual xenophobia is really engrained in our culture”.

A poetic exploration of gaining and losing language – and yourself

NEXT PERFORMANCE:

BRISTOL: Alma Tavern and Theatre, BS82HY

Tue 19 Mar 2024 8:00 PM GMT

LENGTH: 55 minutes

 

 

 

 

WRITTEN/PERFORMED BY:
Lara Parmiani

 

DIRECTOR:
Becka McFadden


DESIGNER:
Anna Tichá

LIGHT DESIGN:

Filip Obermajer

ADDITIONAL PROJECTIONS:

Edalia Day

NEXT PERFORMANCE:

BRISTOL :Alma Tavern and Theatre

 

Tue 19 Mar 2024 8:00 PM GMT

LENGTH: 55 minutes

“I don’t need to hear you speak to know you’re foreign. I can tell by the way you walk into a room. You should practice. Next time you go shopping, walk into a shop like an English woman…

HOW DO ENGLISH WOMEN WALK INTO SHOPS?”

LegalAliens' founder Lara Parmiani returns with her kaleidoscopic piece inspired by her journey from a grey, industrial, Italian suburb to 1997 London, taking audiences through time, language, gender cliches and anti-migrant narratives - from Cool to Cruel Britannia. 

What happens when a woman is forced to negotiate two cultures, while not identifying with either?

 

Through storytelling, music, physical theatre, and visual elements, Shapeshifting explores what happens when one is forced to negotiate two cultures while not identifying with either. Which parts of a migrant's identity are lost together with their native language? 
 

Entertaining, tender, and at times brimming with anger, Shapeshifting tells a story of resilience and female empowerment through a fragmented narrative interrupted by movement, comedy, music, projections, and a "WRONG WORD'' alarm…

The show was originally commissioned by the Migration Matters Festival in Sheffield and further developed in Prague thanks to a collaboration with Venuše ve Svehlovce.

You can watch a trailer here

How can we stage personal stories, especially linked to migration, moving countries, negotiating new cultures and languages, going beyond "spoken word" in order to create
imaginative, theatrical performances?

In this two days workshop, Lara Parmiani (theatre maker, performer, migrant artist and Artistic Director of LegalAliens Theatre) will share her practice, developed over twenty and lead participants through a series of exer ises — both individual and ensemble based — to generate materials inspired by personal experiences. We will be using movement, objects, songs, storytelling, photos, to play with provocations and find surprising, fun and exciting ways to transform memories into theatricality.

 

PERFORMING PERSONAL JOURNEYS:

HOW TO TRANSFORM STORIES OF MIGRATION AND

DISPLACEMENT INTO THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES

As part of the Festival Pfipad Pro Socialku, Lara will be running a two-day workshop open to professional artists and students of all disciplines on "Staging personal journeys of migration".

DATE: Dec 1-2, 2023

To book please Email venuse.ve.svehlovce@gmail.com

WRITTEN/PERFORMED BY:
Lara Parmiani

 

DIRECTOR:
Becka McFadden

 

LENGTH:
55 minutes

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