Interdisciplinary Site-specific Performance

Idea, artistic director: Elena Zervopoulou

Produced by Diversity United 

Under the auspices and with the financial support of the Greek Ministry of Culture

A site-specific performance combined with a video-dance projection and live music, inspired by testimonies of young refugees, reveals their inner journey while highlighting their resilience.

As a starting point being their arrival (Eleusis) from the sea to the first door of Europe, Greece, it marks their emotional route, as it emerged and was creatively elaborated during our experiential workshops of video, physical theatre, music and dance.

Guided by the poetic narration of Mustafa in the video, the performers embody their experiences giving us insights into their inner journey, where human connection, solidarity and resilience, uncover the path towards walking in light. Will the local community accompany them? By placing the audience in the center of an interactive experience of welcoming and accepting diversity and refugees, we invite them to take a position, become more aware and find alternative solutions.

“Walking in Light” trusts the human potential by shedding light to the Eleusinian and European values of resilience, respect, and social justice. By overcoming their difficulties symbolically, through the “Mysteries of Transition”, refugees share extroversion and optimism with the audience. Highlighting and recognizing the resilience of those who have suffered, becomes therapeutic for the broader society.

Idea, artistic direction, directing, dramaturgy: Elena Zervopoulou
Theatrical performance curation: Erifili Stefanidou
Scenario, director: Elena Zervopoulou
Choreographers: Lucia Pennacchia, Rossella Iacovone
Camera: Nicola D’Αntona, Carlos Zuniga, Elena Zervopoulou
Editing: Sergio Recchia
Musical composition: Roberto Re David
Sound design: Graziano Cammisa
Sound design “Σκοτάδι”: Santiago Zuniga
Sound technician: Nefeli Stamatogianopoulou

Musician (ngoni) / dancer: Dauda Conteh
Dancer: Justine Goussot
Choreographies of both:  Dauda Conteh/Justine Goussot
Musician, songwriter, performer: Ousman Sowe
Performers: Camara Facinet, Hana Ganji, Jameel Khan, Tayeb Sarwari

Special thanks to Jey Fure, Sina Ebrahimi, Lenia Kodogouri, Stefania Koliaraki, Andrada Iaccobici, Eva Papanikolaki

Diversity United

We empower vulnerable communities, especially women and refugee youth, through participatory, artistic workshops with an ethno-psychology approach for a better, more inclusive world. 

We strive for community engagement and capacity building through participatory inclusive artistic projects that use video, virtual reality, art, dance, music, poetry, photography and physical theater to allow participants to heal, express, and connect. 

The artistic outcomes we produce to share their stories and points of views become awareness campaigns and interdisciplinary cultural events that include documentaries, VR films, video-dance, site-specific performances, concerts and promote cross-cultural understanding, human rights, and environmental sustainability.

Using communication and social innovation strategies, we design & build interactive cross-media projects, platforms, and apps that unite vulnerable communities with the rest of society,  promote solidarity, social and climate justice.

Our projects aim to foster social inclusion, and engage citizens – united despite their differences – to take action for social and environmental change.