Borders is about the power of the state, which protects some and excludes others. This power cannot exist without its executors. Andy, who works as a junior employee at the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND), is such an implementer. The performance starts with Andy's first case: A man, Andy's age, maybe a little older, lost passport, homosexual. During the performance, the decision about this man's future is made. In the asylum procedure, major and potentially disastrous life decisions are made by very ordinary people, who struggle with their feelings and their duty. This struggle is made tangible in images, text and music. The performance is based on the dissertation of Dr Maja Hertoghs and the testimonies of informants that she collected during her field research into the Dutch asylum procedure. These have been made into fiction by Christine Otten.
Thanks to: Haags Theaterhuis, Plein Theater, The Dutch don't Dance Division and all informants; IND employees, asylum applicants and other stakeholders who have shared their stories and wish to remain anonymous.
Direction/play/foam sculptures: Cat Smits Text: Christine Otten Scientist/dramaturg: Maja Hertoghs Decor: Tessa Verbei Composer: Wim Selles Lighting: Jan Sol End direction: Duda Paiva Image: Kathrin Hero Photography: De Schaapjesfabriek Production management: Hadassa Smit Business management: Anouk van Geffen Publicity: Kim Kortekaas Voice overs: Tine Joustra, Reinout Bussemaker, Nafiss Nia, Meysam Kisomi and Puck van Dijk