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The open-ended durational performance The Foreigner is a personal response to the migration question currently involving Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The work explores and questions notions of identity and territoriality, reality and virtuality, through the anonymity and vulnerability of the artist, and the active participation of the audience in the performance process. The artist's body worked as a mirror that reflected personal ideas, constructs, and emotions of the visitors, who experience and interpret the image of The Foreigner according to their personal histories and past experiences. The result is a multiplicity of perspectives on migration and beyond.
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Keywords: foreigner; identity; migration; participation; performance art; representation; vulnerability

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2019

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  • Performing Ethos is a refereed, interdisciplinary journal which considers ethical questions relating to contemporary theatre and live performance. Global in scope, it provides a unique forum for rigorous scholarship and serious reflection on the ethical dimensions of a wide range of performance practices from the politically and aesthetically radical to the mainstream.
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