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Mr Foreigner     

Mr Foreigner Mr Foreigner- a devised dance theatre performance on the notion of home and belonging, heritage and refuge, asylum and detention. A collaboration between south African and UK based artists using text, movement and projection interaction in a dark, raw, physical and visceral response to the subject…

Kylie Ann Smith and Ricky white are the co-directors of gaijin-san company based in Cardiff and they are the co-directors of Mr Foreigner. They both trained in Theatre and Media Drama and Dance and have been working together for 4 years as a company. gaijin-san literally translates to ‘Mr Foreigner’ and is a Japanese phrases used out of respect and to ridicule and it is this juxtaposition that informs their work with ‘an anarchic disregard for theatrical niceties’ (Western Mail)

gaijin-san first started working on this subject last summer when they were asked to devise a short physical piece on the issue of Asylum for a protest night organised by No Borders South Wales for Artist Babi Badalov. Babi was an artist and poet seeking asylum while facing deportation to Azerbaijan where he faces oppression and abuse because of his work and sexuality. Patrick Jones (welsh poet, Playwright and human rights activist) approached the company after the performance and asked if they would like to collaborate with him on a project.

During the summer, gaijin-san were also selected by the British council to represent Wales in an International Festival for Emerging Artists called the IFEA, where various artists from all over the world were invited to showcase their talents with the aim of future collaborations. It was at this festival where gaijin-san made a connection with the South African artists from Project Phakama and this is where the project really started to take shape.

Masande Narwele is a dancer/choreographer specialising in traditional South African dance and percussion and Masizole Marafana is a praise singer from birth The welsh based artists are Gareth Aled Williams and Anthony Wright-Wilson both trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and visual artist, John Collingswood, from D’bini Industries. Collaborating with artists from different cultural and artistic backgrounds is important to the project.

ATRIUM, cardiff- Wed 4th Feb @ 8pm
WICKHAM THEATRE, Bristol- Fri 6th Feb @ 7:30pm
CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE, Cardiff-Thurs 12th-14th @ 8pm

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