MUSEUM OF IMMIGRATION
In October and November of 2018, Good Chance held an artistic residency in the Opening Season at the Museum of Immigration in Paris, based on this year’s theme of 'Welcome'. The programme was full of workshops across all artforms - theatre, dance, music, mime, painting and puppetry - with Saturdays saved for our weekly Hope Show.
Our programme was extended for an extra two weeks due to popular demand. With a generous donation from Encore Tickets we were able to reach hundreds more people through our workshops and Hope Shows.
SEASON OF WELCOME
We worked with friends from refugee and migrant centres across the city and beyond, as well as new people we had met along the way. Holding a bold artistic programme in our Good Chance dome, we celebrated diversity and difference, togetherness and solidarity. Through theatre, music, art, dance, film, puppetry and more, we invited new kinds of communities to connect, unite and reclaim our personal and collective narratives.
Our troupe of performers from around the world – all newly arrived in Paris – helped build, programme and perform within the Good Chance ‘Theatre of Hope’, offering a handshake and warm reception to every member of the Parisian public. We challenged conventional ideas of welcome: what it means to welcome, whose responsibility it is, and how this works in practice. It was our hope that the dome created a unique space for introductions, using art to strengthen relationships between those welcoming, and being welcomed.
Theatre company La Troupe was born out of the Good Chance Paris domes. This core group of incredible performers formed a central pillar of every workshop and Hope Show, and now they are working together on a devised piece of theatre, developed collectively and led by Alexandre Moisescot.
On October 9th 2018 La Troupe held an event: ‘Allez Hope, La Troupe!’, a free and open-to-all reunion where our company performed what they have been working on for 4 weeks. More to come!
If you would like to support us in continuing our work in Paris please donate here.
Your support will help us create and use art to strengthen relationships between new and old communities. Without this support, we could not continue doing the work we do.
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