Is ’Home’ something that can be taken with you? Is it a building, a body, a piece of land or is it a collection of emotions and memories that can be projected on any place?
Casa/ДOM/Home is a project about stories, memories, feelings, dreams and reflections on what home means for them. Benno Voorham created a dance performance with a group of 6 dancers from Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus together with a group of teenagers from a children’s home in each of these countries. The performance was toured extensively in Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus.
The project started in 2012 with a pilot project in Chisinau/Moldova in which the team of the project, together with Madeléne Beckman from ArkDes (the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design), Margareta Sjöberg, a psychotherapist from Stockholm, and Sybrig Dokter of LAVA-Dansproduktion, worked with a large group of children and young teenagers. From this group a smaller group was invited to participate in an extended workshop period of one week after which we started working on creating the performance with a group of 6 or 7 youngsters.
The performance in Moldova functioned as the frame for the Ukrainian and Belarusian edition of the project in 2013 in Bilhorod-‐Dnistrovkyi (Ukraine) and Lida (Belarus).
The transformation of the children was felt throughout the whole project, from the first acquaintance during the pilot project to the final tour. The changes manifested themselves in the children’s behaviour and their verbal reflection.