During a guest lecture for an Honours Programme of ArtEZ University of the Arts, TRANSFER 3||4, Marieke van Houte and Remco Heijmans discussed the results of the pilot phase of CONTAINED Project in which we developed a trilogy of theatrical tools to connect experience, research and learning on migration.

This lecture introduces the search for out-of-the box tools to build resilience in refugee-receiving communities. CONTAINED Project aims to provoke thoughts, inspire dialogue and enhance empathy between refugees, migrants and non-migrants, with the ultimate goal of developing proactive responses against polarization in receiving societies. The lecture will reflect on findings and let students experience some of the tools of the pilot phase of CONTAINED Project.

Suitably based in a former waiting room of a train station, TRANSFER 3||4 is an honours programme which is designed for art students who seek for prospects and challenges beyond their known creative territory. Being a multidisciplinary programme on top of the bachelor’s course, TRANSFER 3||4 aims to question discursive comfort zones by collectively engaging in encounters with texts and the work of theoreticians and/or makers from various fields in the arts and sciences.

The guest lecture is part of the effort of CONTAINED Project to connect experience, research, and creative learning to create dialogues and more understanding about migration. It reflects on the pilot phase of CONTAINED Project which was initiated by researcher Marieke van Houte and phsyical theatre company Justice in Motion, in collaboration with storyteller Remco Heijmans.