Roma Armee

Roma Armee – Gorki Theatre (december 2017)

by Yael Ronen & Ensemble

An idea by: Sandra Selimovic, Simonida Selimovic

With: Mehmet Ateșci, Hamze Bytyci, Mihaela Drăgan, Riah May Knight, Lindy Larsson, Orit Nahmias, Sandra Selimovic, Simonida Selimovic.

Performance at Teatro di Roma / Teatro Argentina (Rome, Italy), in the program of the European Theater Awards / Premio Europa per il Teatro XVI.

At a time when Europe is at risk of drifting into neo-fascism, a group of actors is calling for a Roma army for the purpose of self-defence. A rapid intervention force to fight structural discrimination, racism and antiziganism, but also as emancipation from an internalized role of victims. The actors are Romnija, Roma and Romani travellers from Austria, Serbia, Germany, Kosovo, Romania, England and Sweden. They are also Israeli-German-Turkish-Berlin Gadjé – that means that the Roma Army is supranational, diverse, feminist, queer.

Initiated by the sisters Simonida and Sandra Selimović, they are entering the stage at the Gorki in a collective act of selfempowering artistic action with resident director Yael Ronen: through a joint research process, personal experiences, historical contaminations and contemporary incidents are explored and used to develop a play. Together with visual artists Delaine and Damian Le Bas from England, they sketch out a vision for a Safe European Home in Gypsyland Europe, as the Le Bas call it.

Copyright: – 2017