Choreographer Fang Yun Lo and her colleagues – the Vietnamese choreographer Ngo Thanh Phuong and the Taiwanese set designer Cheng Ting Chen – interviewed over one hundred people with Vietnamese backgrounds in Germany and Taiwan as part of a two-year journalistic research project. In spontaneous encounters at work, in stores, and snack bars, they talked about their experiences as immigrants or as members of families caught between cultures.
Home Away From Home deliberately exposes its own fragility and incompleteness, indeed the painful impossibility of being at home. [...] It is an associative panorama about identity and how it is fluid and difficult to define.
Home Away From Home weaves dozens of memories together into a touching, polyphonic journey through the Vietnamese expatriate communities that are often invisible. Divided into small groups, the audience meets six performers at different stations throughout the theater who tell their own stories and those of their families – as artists, workers, YouTubers, and students. A complex mosaic of human relationships emerges from stories, pictures, films, and audio pieces.
Home Away From Home tells the story of the global dimensions of labor migration and intercultural reality, and reports on disruptions and structural violence, while simultaneously exploring the overarching human categories of home, identity, and happiness.
PerformersVu Phuong ThaoVo Thi Hong Cam ThuyPhạm Minh DucPhan My NuongBui Van Quy
DirectionFang Yun Lo
Artistic collaborationNgo Thanh Phuong
Music, Sound designPatrik ZossoDaniel Somaroo Acuña
Video, Editing, Camera, Film direction
Lighting design, Technical leadMax Rux
Project assistanceVũ Mạnh Đức
Video supportRené Liebert (STUDIO6)
Stage cameraAndrés Aguilo
ProductionPolymer DMTEssen, DE
Project fundingKulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen KdFSDresden, DENational Culture and Arts Foundation Taiwan Taipei, TWFonds Darstellende KünsteBerlin, DECultural Foundation NRWDüsseldorf, DEGoethe-Institut TaipehTaipei, TWCity of Essen (Office for Culture)Essen, DE
LanguagesVietnamese, Taiwanese Mandarin, German
Available subtitlesVietnamese, Mandarin Chinese, German, English; other languages on request.
AccessibilityTranslation into sign language, audio description and touch tour possible by arrangement, access for the walking-impaired possible depending on the theatre.
Additionally availablephoto exhibition, short movie (32min)
Oct 14 2022 - Oct 15 2022
Nov 26 2021
May 8 2021 - May 9 2021
May 7 2021PREMIERE
Feb 26 2021ONLINE PREMIERE Film Version
Feb 26 2021ONLINE PREMIERE Film VersionPACT ZollvereinEssen, DE
Sep 10 2020 - Sep 20 2020