The Ulysses Syndrome is a scenic creation of contemporary theatrical performance and audiovisual intervention about the different stages of immigration. The work’s theme explores the search for meaning and the finding of one’s self by experiencing the disease of the expatriated traveler: the Ulysses syndrome, the instability of the assimilation process, of hope in a strange land. Immigrants from different places around the world are met and lost in relationships that disappear like water through fingers. Valentina, a Colombian immigrant, lives a roller coaster of emotions in Spain that will bring her to question her place in the world in this digital and globalized era.
Have you ever had a sibling, cousin, child, friend, neighbor, acquaintance, or relative live abroad or at some point in their life be an immigrant? What is the taste of longing? What is it like to exist without existing? The objective of this work is to raise awareness and to recreate the panorama of the immigrant in crisis. In Spain, it is estimated that there are around 800,000 people affected by this disease, most of them from South America. However, each year there are more and more migrant Latinos returning to their country due to the current economic crisis in Europe. For decades, Colombia has been a country with a large number of nationals living abroad; nationals who are now returning home. I am one of them, watching from the other side.
Playwriting , Production and Direction: Rocío Blanco Ruiz Scenography, lighting design and sound design : Konrad Andrzej Sarnecki Technical support: David Barrera Photograph: Laura Naranjo Cast: Diana Giraldo / Valentina Raúl Gimeno / Patrick, Neighbour. Tatiana Santacruz / Nurse and many more women . Juan Valencia / Nurse and many more men . Stagehand: Jair Alvarado (figurant) Ángela Marciales