Oslo – Milan Who are you and how can we shape the present together?

Oslo presents us with a short film in which a glistening little box is passed from hand to hand like the little furs exchanged as gifts by the little people of Swabedoo in an old Irish fairy tale. Oslo packs the double meaning of the word “present”, both gift and the present time, into a question asked trustingly of a stranger. The film shows how easily distrust of a stranger can be overcome by a smile and a little gift.
 


Milan-Oslo
Milan and Oslo have merged their questions into a question about identity as togetherness versus divisiveness and about coexistence between long-term residents and incoming refugees in Europe’s big cities. An open picnic was held in Oslo in May to kick off the project. It was called a "First Supper" in a tongue-in-cheek allusion to The Last Supper, Leonardo Da Vinci's famous mural in Milan. The picnic was organized in close collaboration with Oslo’s partner theatre Den mangfaldige scenen, which regularly works with immigrant communities. Afterwards, German director Jan Bosse put on an improvised play called Allied Aliens, in which Modou Gueye, a Senegalese actor from Milan, interacted with Camara Joof, a Norwegian-Gambian actress from Oslo. The artistic point of departure was the question "Who are you and how can we create a present together?”

The Allied Aliens project will be continued in Milan this autumn. Again, the question is what it means to be foreign or familiar, though this time around with a focus on the difference between Milan and Oslo. And Elouti Wanguè Olivier, a Cameroonian actor from Milan, will join Gueye and Joof on stage. The performance will take place on 29 November 2018 at the Zona K Theatre, followed by a panel discussion open to the general public on the topic of "Multiculturalism in Europe’s Metropolises". The project partners are rehearsing in the just-opened Cascina Casottello, a socio-cultural centre run by Milan’s Freiraum partner, the Sunugal association.

(September 2018)

Our Partner

Den mangfaldige scenen (DMS) is a theatre in Oslo where you are heard and seen as the person you are. It’s a place where a sound, a step, a touch or a word becomes an encounter. A locus of cultural diversity where you can grow and mature. Young people here learn to take the stage and maybe even pursue professions in dance, theatre or drama. Our hierarchies are flat: young people can work with mentors to define their own brand of theatre here.

Jan Bosses "Allied Aliens"
Video and photos of the performance on 29 November 2018 at the Cultural Centre Zona K in Milan
 
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Jan Bosses "Allied Aliens"
This film about a performance at "Den mangfaldige scenen" Oslo is the result of an improvisation with the Goethe-project FREIRAUM and our partner Goethe-Institut Milano.
 
  • A long table setting in a garden Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    In the midst of vegetable seedlings and other crops: The table is set for the FREIRAUM lunch in Losæter, an Oslo urban farming project
  • A laid table with fresh bread Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    In the midst of vegetable seedlings and other crops: The table is set for the FREIRAUM lunch in Losæter, an Oslo urban farming project
  • In the middle of the garden Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    In the midst of vegetable seedlings and other crops: The table is set for the FREIRAUM lunch in Losæter, an Oslo urban farming project
  • Brochures are on the table of the FREIRAUM lunch in Losæter Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    In the midst of vegetable seedlings and other crops: The FREIRAUM-Lunch in Losæter, an Oslo urban farming project
  • Welcoming speech Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    In the midst of vegetable seedlings and other crops: The table is set for the FREIRAUM lunch in Losæter, an Oslo urban farming project
  • Welcoming speech by Nefise Özkal Lorentzen, a Turkish-Norwegian film producer Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    Welcoming speech by Nefise Özkal Lorentzen, a Turkish-Norwegian film producer
  • Welcoming speech Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    In the midst of vegetable seedlings and other crops: The table is set for the FREIRAUM lunch in Losæter, an Oslo urban farming project
  • At the buffet Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    Antonio Cataldo, head of Norway's Contemporary Art Office, at the buffet
  • Conversations at the buffet Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    Exciting talks in the May sun in Losæter, the farm in the heart of Oslo
  • Buffet Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    In the midst of vegetable seedlings and other crops: The buffet is prepared for the FREIRAUM lunch in Losæter, an Oslo urban farming project
  • Buffet Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    In the midst of vegetable seedlings and other crops: The buffet is prepared for the FREIRAUM lunch in Losæter, an Oslo urban farming project
  • Participants sit at the laid table Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    In the midst of vegetable seedlings and other crops: The table is set for the FREIRAUM lunch in Losæter, an Oslo urban farming project
  • Conversations during the meal Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    Antonio Cataldo, head of Norway's Contemporary Art Office, in conversation
  • At the buffet Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    In the midst of vegetable seedlings and other crops: The buffet is prepared for the FREIRAUM lunch in Losæter, an Oslo urban farming project
  • Participant eating at the long table Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    In the midst of vegetable seedlings and other crops: The table is set for the FREIRAUM lunch in Losæter, an Oslo urban farming project
  • Exiting conversation while eating Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    Exciting talks in the May sun in Losæter, the farm in the heart of Oslo
  • Exciting talks in the May sun in Losæter, the farm in the heart of Oslo Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    Exciting talks in the May sun in Losæter, the farm in the heart of Oslo
  • The garden from above Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    In the midst of vegetable seedlings and other crops: The table is set for the FREIRAUM lunch in Losæter, an Oslo urban farming project
  • Exciting talks in the May sun in Losæter, the farm in the heart of Oslo Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    Exciting talks in the May sun in Losæter, the farm in the heart of Oslo
  • A woman listens Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    Exciting talks in the May sun in Losæter, the farm in the heart of Oslo
  • A woman at the table listens Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    Exciting talks in the May sun in Losæter, the farm in the heart of Oslo
  • Two women are talking Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    Exciting talks in the May sun in Losæter, the farm in the heart of Oslo
  • People sit at the table after dinner Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    In the midst of vegetable seedlings and other crops: The table is set for the FREIRAUM lunch in Losæter, an Oslo urban farming project
  • In the foreground a woman with dessert, people are talking in the background Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    Desserts at FREIRAUM-Lunch in Losæter, an Oslo urban farming project
  • Two women are talking Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    Exciting talks in the May sun in Losæter, the farm in the heart of Oslo
  • Anna Maria Bresciani Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    Anna Maria Bresciani
  • Antonio Cataldo, head of Norway's Contemporary Art Office, in conversation Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    Antonio Cataldo, head of Norway's Contemporary Art Office, in conversation
  • The Turkish-Norwegian film producer Nefise Özkal Lorentzen Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    The Turkish-Norwegian film producer Nefise Özkal Lorentzen
  • People are talking Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    Exciting talks in the May sun in Losæter, the farm in the heart of Oslo
  • Two women are looking at the camera Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    In the May sun in Losæter, the farm in the heart of Oslo
  • Anna Maria Bresciani in conversation Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    Anna Maria Bresciani in conversation
  • Three women are talking Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    Exciting talks in the May sun in Losæter, the farm in the heart of Oslo
  • Two women are talking Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    Exciting talks in the May sun in Losæter, the farm in the heart of Oslo
  • A man gives a video interview Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    A man gives a video interview at FREIRAUM-Lunch in Losæter, an Oslo urban farming project
  • Anna Maria Bresciani in conversation Matthis Kleeb © Goethe-Institut
    Anna Maria Bresciani in conversation

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