The premiere of Basic Roma took place at the Kunsthaus Zürich in context of the exhibition Europe: Future of the History. September 8, 2015. The second edition of Basic Roma took place in Geneva in context of the International Roma Day, April 8, 2016. It was a collaboration of RJSaK with Mesem Rom, a charitable organization working in Geneva with the last migration of Roma in Switzerland. Basic Roma was adapting their texts while learning from Geneva through skype meetings and social media and we produce a new performance text which was staged in Geneva in French, English, and Romanes that day.
We appeared as figures in protective suits, family photos in the escort and as part of the costume. The images were charged with memories, love and pain, questions about the present and the past. We helped each other to lay them down lovingly and move on. With a ladder and a megaphone we installed ourselves in den center of the space to adresse the public. RR Marki was speaking to his Milena, who was sitting on the ladder translating the phrases into German. She spoke translation through a megaphone while Mo was translating the phrases into body language: ‘Rom means man, Roma means people, The Roma have a head, two arms, legs and a heart, The Roma have a voice…’ This part of the performance was culminating into a scream.
The last part of Basic Roma was a subdued dance, Detox Dance No.1, reduced movement patterns, indicated an endless running, interruptions, change of directions. Basic Roma is a manifesto for the presence of the Roma in the history of Europe and Switzerland for generations.