ph. Gilles Lambert
“I don’t like work – no man does – but I like what is in the work – the chance to find yourself. Your own reality – for yourself not for others – what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means.” Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
The basic structure of the project “The Chance to find yourself” is a collaboration of two migrants – who come from very different backgrounds -, which aim to stage a common performance. It becomes a confrontation between two theatre-practitioners, who came to Brussels hoping to improve their working- and living-conditions, who do not know each other, who have different cultural and economical backgrounds and different aesthetical practices and who both try to find out more about each other, themselves and their respective artistic practices, despite an evident cultural gap separating them. This will happen through a development of a common performance, which aims to stage a free adaptation of the novella Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. One will be originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The other is a german-speaking Italian from South-Tirol (myself).
But all this is just a pretence. The aim of “The Chance to find yourself” does not consist in staging the Heart of Darkness, rather to stage what this encounter will produce: the process itself will become the heart of the performance.
Ultimately, this process, and the performance itself, will thematise amplifying the consciousness of “the other”, oneself and the relation in between