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Kamyon - premiere at Istanbul – May 20th 2015

Kamyon (c) Stef Depover

On the 20th of May Kamyon has its première in Kadikoy – Istanbul. Kamyon, a collaboration between Michael De Cock, theatre group ’t arsenaal Mechelen and Mesut Arslan, Platform 0090, Michael De Cock illustrates the concept of illegal migration to children and their families.
KAMYON is based on the text ‘Two small bags and ten million dreams’, on the experience of a child with illegal migration, written by Michael De Cock. A young girl is talking about a trip to the promised land. Gradually, the performance itself develops into a journey. The audience sit down in the lorry, close to the stage. From their seats they can watch both the play and the outside world, and they can listen to some live music and a live soundscape. In this way they become witnesses of everything shown around them.

On her road through Europe, the girl wonders why she can only take two small bags and why she has to leave all her cuddly toys behind, all but one. Like the girl, the lorry travels through Europe. The play follows the road that many migrants have taken. It will be presented in wide-ranging locations, from Istanbul, with a view of the Bosphorus, to England. The audience, the children and their families who have listened to her story, will form a long trail across Europe.
KAMYON is a play to enjoy by watching and listening. It is a project presented on specific locations accompanied by music. It focuses on migration, on Europe and on ordinary people with ordinary, ambitious dreams. The truck is a work of art itself. On the outside, graphic artist Luca Kortekaas has illustrated the theme of the play.
The actress will speak in the language of the country in which the performance is staged.

concept: Michael De Cock (t,arsenaal mechelen) and Mesut Arslan (Platform 0090) // text and direction: Michael De Cock // actress : Deniz Polatoglu // musician, composer : Rudi Genbrugge//translation: Birsen Taspinar //costumes : Myriam Van Gucht // dramaturgy: Kristin Rogghe // scenography: Stef Depover // Photocredits: Stef Depover // production: t,arsenaal mechelen and Platform 0090

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