‘Migrating dialogues’ is a transit zone. Between here and there. Between the past and the present. Between the personal and the geopolitical. Between ourselves and others. It is a collection of stories on migration. How does a transplantation process effect your own life and the lives of those close to you? Which choices did you make yourself and which were made for you? What are HERE and THERE in the first place? Where do the self-justifications and blind spots reside? What is left unsaid?

We are mapping our own migration routes by interviewing family and friends. Looking into our own migration histories, facing our own doubts, failures and vulnerabilities, opens up the possibility of a dialogue with others about their experiences. Confronting our own stories we invite others to share theirs. This ongoing investigation and (re-) collection is developed and documented in performances, interventions and podcasts. It is an attempt to engage with different perspectives on migration. Migration is a complex story of all times, of all places, that connects all of us.

Migrating Dialogues #1: ‘Inheriting the Empire’:

“Het is 6 september 1970. Mijn moeder en vader vliegen voor de eerste keer in hun leven. Het zal niet hun laatste keer zijn.
Alles is nieuw, spannend, vreemd. Mijn vader is tweeëntwintig. Mijn moeder is net drieëntwintig geworden.
Ze zijn net getrouwd maar dit is niet hun huwelijksreis.
Ze emigreren.
6 september 1970 is ‘Skyjack Sunday”.

Migrating Dialogues #2: ‘Spaghetti Junction’:

“Someone once said to me, about, I think, about 10 years ago…One day you’re gonna realise that you’ve been trying to fit yourself into a frock that doesn’t fit you… she said it’s odd that you have such good choices when it comes to clothing but when it comes to singing you’re fitting yourself into a frock that doesn’t fit”

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  • Trailer Project

  • IN/UIT de KAST @ Vooruit, Ghent (https://vooruit.be/nl/show/detail/12003/IN_UIT_DE_KAST)
Coming up soon…

20-22 oktober 2017@Mestizo Art Festival, Rataplan, Antwerpen. 

  • Audio-installation.
  • Performance: 3 times between  2-5pm. Performance lasts 40 minutes, for 20 people.

29 -30 november @ De Expeditie, Dok Noord 4F, Gent ikv WiP CooP – Work in Progress Festival 2017

  • Audio-installation.
  • Performance twice between 7-10pm. Performance lasts 40 minutes, for 20 people.

2 december@Podcast Festival, Nest, Oude Stadsbibliotheek, Woodrow Wilson Plein, Gent.

  • Audio installation with podcast versions of #1 and #2.
Past tense
  • October 2016 @ Work in Progress, MAF, Antwerp

Migrating Dialogues #1: Migrating dialogues #1 is an audio-installation about Rona Kennedy’s youth in South-Africa, the UK and Ohio, about apartheid, boarding schools and terrorism, about spiders, sick bags and hand grenades, about shame, anger and silence. Listen and leave us a postcard with your own migration route.

Migrating Dialogues #2: Performance.  Rona is having an ongoing conversation with Lola. Two British women who somehow found themselves in Belgium. Roughly the same age and social class, their lives are like Spaghetti Junction, crossing paths, intersecting and departing, above and below each other as they move back and forth between London and the Home Counties. The talk is about power, decolonization, wearing ‘Gays against Nazis’ badges, singing Free-eee Nelson Mande-eela, Margret Thatcher, Samira Adamu and the Notting Hill Riots. Their identities are complex, multilayered, both so called ‘expats’. But what does that actually mean?

Credits:

Performance: Rona Kennedy / Concept and text: Rona Kennedy, based on interviews with William Kennedy (#1) and Ademilola Oduwole (#2) / Concept, sound design, editing: Fabián Espinosa-Díaz / Concept and dramaturgy: Helena Elshout

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