On my way to asylum

An intimate interpretation of the poem On my way to asylum, a personal journey brought to life through dance, music, poetry, vocals and sculpture.

Synopsis

Fleeing your country due to devastating circumstances such as war or violence in search of asylum can be one of the hardest things one faces in life. This uncertain journey often takes many years and at times an entire lifetime, and in some cases it costs you your life. Leaving the place you have called home and often the only place you have ever known can fill your identity and abode with many scars. This journey of fleeing your country and its consequences on one’s identity are often spoken in silence and written on water.

Fleeing your country due to devastating circumstances such as war or violence in search of asylum can be one of the hardest things one faces in life. This uncertain journey often takes many years and at times an entire lifetime, and in some cases it costs you your life. Leaving the place you have called home and often the only place you have ever known can fill your identity and abode with many scars. This journey of fleeing your country and its consequences on one’s identity are often spoken in silence and written on water. - See more at: http://www.ondru.org/projects/unfamiliar-face#sthash.HrDOPMEZ.dpuf

Ondru presents an intimate interpretation of the poem On my way to asylum, a personal journey brought to life through dance, music, poetry, vocals and sculpture. It was first performed at Rhythm & Rights organised by Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) on 15 May 2011.

Project Team

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, PRODUCER & POETRY BY DESH BALASUBRAMANIAM
CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT BY KATHLEEN GONZALEZ, JESUS REQUENA & DESH BALASUBRAMANIAM
DANCER KATHLEEN GONZALEZ
ACTORS SANDESH BALASUBRAMANIAM, MUHINDAN & AVI WANONO
MUSIC BY JESUS REQUENA
VOCALS HARAN THANABALASINGAM
SCULPTOR KARLEENA MITCHELL
SCENOGRAPHER AVI WANONO

Poetry

On my way to asylum
 
script of my memoirs, I find
on unlined pages
rear of a novel I read years ago
written with blood of my own
photographs in black and white and burnt edges
smell of ash
            brittle memory of a life buried beneath
an affair with question                                                  
never leaves the bed
mind hangs on a barbwire fence
commas turned to colons
            showing clear breaks
story with a struggle for breath
born on a tear of Indian ocean
without a nation for some years
covering the scars with silent of eyes
crawling on bare knees,
broken body of words and a weightless bag
arrive here in the cold
            with and without will
searching a new beginning
my drawn hand to greet the horizon

Poem by desh Balasubramaniam, a personal reflection of the writer's own journey.

Details of Performance

Sunday, 15 May 2011, 3.40pm at Rhythm & Rights by Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF)

Sunday, 14 August 2011, 4.30pm at Break the Silence by ATS.

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Photography of Performance

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See more photos from the event at flikr logophotography by Shane Lam; sculpture by Karleena Mitchell; flyer designed by Fanny Dallenne

Related Pursuits 

Following on from this, Ondru created An Unfamiliar Face - an experimental solo dance performance - that explores the evolvement of one's identity in a new land.

Read on Ondru's Voice Publication - A CLASSICAL REFUGEE - PART 1 - Promised a better life, and so he carries his father on his back and holds his son by the hand.

Read on Ondru's Voice Publication - A CLASSICAL REFUGEE - PART 2 — we talk of fear “clouding” our judgement —

Partners

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