Genre: Performance and installation
For ages: All ages
"Really interesting performance; it made me think about war, Syria, immigration and a lot of things. I felt strange, happy and sad. I’m gonna take some time to think about it and process it. Thank you guys for this. Keep doing it”
Led by Palestinian artist Aseel Tayah, in collaboration with diaspora artists from Australia and around the world, Bukjeh is an installation in a disaster relief tent, and a series of short performances created with people who have been forced to leave their homes, in response to children's questions about refugees.. HISTORY & BACKGROUND In Arabic, Bukjeh is a small pack of belongings carried by travelers and refugees. By inviting an audience into our suitcases, sacks and pockets, we are sharing our feelings, memories and experiences of home – and of having to leave it. Our stories define us and make us unique. The testimonies of those displaced in this ever-changing world are worth documenting and sharing with this, and future, generations. Bukjeh puts new and diverse communities and our stories front and centre for all to share. We are authors of our own stories, choosing which stories to tell and how to tell them – song, dance, poetry/spoken-word, visual art, and more.
Marketing selling points
A free interactive installation and performance, accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. Profound and honest stories of migration and the refugee experience, shared in a disaster relief tent; Bukjeh is a performance by the community, for the community. “When you have limited time left to leave your home, you grab the most valuable things you have in one sack, a bukjeh, and walk. When you are leaving a whole life behind and starting a new one, what do we decide to keep?”
Key audience and marketing notes
Bukjeh connects people of all ages and backgrounds. We hope to empower people who might feel out of the conversation about the reasons and impacts of global migration because they do not know the ‘right’ questions to ask, or due to fear of saying the ‘wrong thing’. Bukjeh initiates a truly meaningful and personal connection between those who have been forced to leave their home and those who have not experienced so.
Community Engagement activities
Workshops–Leading up to the performance, key artists from Bukjeh will work closely with the local community, exploring themes connected to Bukjeh. Each session is individually tailored to suit different audiences, delivered through multi-art forms – poetry/spoken word, dance and movement, music, design, visual arts. Outcomes from the workshop will be included in the performance. Suitable for ages 8+. No fee is required from participants to ensure inclusive participation. Bukjeh also aims to identify and collaborate with local community artists in 2 weekend residencies for creative development.
What is this?
|Technical specifications||Download Now|
|Theatre formats||Flat floor, black box, hall, outdoor flat surface|
|Bump in (hours)||24|
|Bump out (hours)||5|
4 LED par can Birdies as a minimum for indoor setting, and 4 Pack Dimmer if no lighting console is in space
•2x wireless microphones (or wireless headmics) •2x microphone stands (if available) •Sound system set up that is large enough to project into and fill the performance space •Mixing/sound desk to accommodate 2x mics, guitar and stereo feed from musician’s laptop/music device •AUX cables, and other necessary cables
The work is set inside two 4x4m marquee frames joined together, creating a long 8x4m tent with a custom-made calico cover. The floor is covered in traditional rugs where the audience will sit, seats will be available for those with accessibility requirements. The inside walls of the tent feature textile design inspired by geological aerial imagery while within the tent are a variety of multidisciplinary artworks and installations. The footprint of the work is 8mx4mx3.5m (length x width x height), the inside height of the tent is 2.2m. Bukjeh requires a floor/ ground as flat as possible and a level surface free of stones or rocks.
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 16||Height: 5|
|Depth: 12||Wing space: 3|
One dedicated stage manager/crew member to travel with Bukjeh.