It’s time to talk about it

“Creating collectively is one of the greatest feelings ever! To see all of your friends together brainstorming and coming up with a solid idea is priceless.

And that’s what we’ve been doing all this year in DEEP France. Working together.

From the very beginning, the whole idea of DEEP France was to highlight certain sensible subjects about immigration and interculturality. This is what still moves us forwards. Bringing people from every different background possible is a job we love!

Doing it by yourself can be challenging, but doing it with people who think it is possible to change the current discourse and situation around refugees in France (we rather say newcomers) turns out to be more achievable! There are tons of work to do and lots of progress to make. However, we are reaching there.

DEEP France creates a bridge amongst different cultures. We have a large scale of tools to make it happen mostly by free art expression and also by debates. Our show “L’Autre, c’est moi !”(The other, that’s me!) is a whole artistic piece that came from gathering ideas from everyone and putting them together. The first presentation was held on November 4th 2017 in Lille, following a week of acting workshops. The result was amazing, touching pretty much everyone that came to watch and carried by a lot of compliments about it, which gave us more motivation to keep going with this project. Our second presentation was on Mars 27th, this time in Calais, a sensible location in the North of France. The result was equally unbelievable. Our show is made of small scenes about different subjects, acting in various ways, such as drama, comedy, mixing different emotions, and also arts (music, dance, poetry…). Our focus is not to make a perfect presentation but to have a good moment, to share experiences and to get to know each other from the moment we start talking about it until the last day of rehearsal. The rest is history.

Weekly we also hold workshops for the volunteers (and of course open for everyone who wants to join in) with interesting acting and reflexive games, to communicate, to cooperate or simply to share anything you would like. Debate for us is listening to understand. Giving the word for anyone who would like to share is something we always try our best to do”

Témoignage d’Elio, participant du projet “L’autre c’est Moi” désormais membre actif de l’association

Le bouillonnement

“[…] A partir de là tout s’enchaîne magiquement, avec Paya on se fait surprendre de rire par des mots, des tournures, des regards qui s’improvisent au fil du spectacle. C’est nouveau et ça vient de nous, de ce que nous voulons dire. Les lumières et les aléas s’enchaînent, un enfant participe, le public ose rire de plus en plus. Le poème sur l’attente éclate d’émotions et d’harmonie récitative. On a envie de fermer la porte une bonne fois pour toute et empêcher les entrant/sortant de casser le charme de ce qui se passe sous nos yeux.

Puis le bouquet final : on chante on danse, on tape le rythme. Moneer nous donne à voir une merveilleuse présence scénique, lorsqu’il lève les bras, on veut s’élever avec lui.

Et vient le moments des oiseaux, des salutations, de la prise de parole. Cet instant de présentation fut essentiel pour nous et pour le public : exprimer qui on est ensemble au delà de la scène, exprimer surtout tout notre amour. Ce que Leidy a dit, ce que Catherine a aussi témoigné, c’est ce qu’on est, l’étincelle.

A voir tout ça, je ne peux que croire mille fois plus à ce que nous faisons et à l’effervescence de ce que nous vivons. Le spectacle est comme une consécration de la création : on vit les même choses, les mêmes états de vibrations si fatiguantes et si chaleureuses à la fois. Dans ces moments le contact est encore plus naturel et spontanée, c’est de la bonne énergie à donner qui se fait par le toucher, les accolades.”

Témoignage de Laura, participante aux ateliers “L’autre c’est Moi” et intervenante dans les établissements scolaire pour DEEP France.