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Le Soir - Belgium | 27/04/2007

The drama of immigration is put on show in Brussels

"We get shouted at a bit; we get to sweat and are lambasted with a few harsh truths. In other words, the play 'La traversée de la mort' (Death's Crossing), presented by the Nouveaux Disparus acting troupe, is hardly relaxing", explains Laurent Ancion having seen the play that is currently being performed on a public square in the heart of Brussels. "Before going into the blue and white marquee, the audience must first split up between four small tents where a ferryman will tell them how to get to the Spanish coast. ... Our goal: to reach Europe, an eldorado. We then enter the marquee to find that we have been landed in prison. Five women, arrested when their little boat was found marooned, will reveal to us their quarrels, their sudden solidarity, their doubts. ... The issues, according to Jama Youssfi [author and director], are obviously social and political. 'I think that this show can help to inform people and raise consciousness of the catastrophe unfolding on Europe's doorstep' ... ."

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