Portraits of People on the Move

Here is an opportunity to tell the story of your immigration experience.

If you would like to participate in this project, send your contribution to jlpbaker@gmail.com with “People on the Move” in the subject line. To download a version of this questionnaire click here for the Word version or click here for a pdf.

Please include the following in a separate document or the body of an email:

  1. Your name
  2. Your occupation
  3. A photograph of yourself or your family. If you do not wish to show your identity, the photograph could be of the back of your head, your hands, or an object you brought with you when you came to this country.
  4. A paragraph or two about your experience as an immigrant. Your response might seek to answer some of the following questions:
  • What motivated you to leave your birth country?
  • What do you remember from the day you left?
  • How did you travel? What modes of transportation were used?
  • What do you remember about your arrival at your destination?
  • Did you know that your move was permanent?
  • Did you have a celebratory send-off meal or a somber last supper? What was served? Who was there?
  • Do you feel pulled by two different cultures, and if so, where would you rather be?
  • Was it worth it?

If you are an artist please also include:

2a. Your medium (painter, sculptor, dancer, choreographer, theater artist, filmmaker, musician, etc.)

3a. An image of yourself with your work (if you have any work that relates to your experience as an immigrant, please choose that).

4a. And, please consider these additional questions:

  • Has the immigrant experience affected your artwork? Are you a different artist now than when you were in your country of origin?
  • Did being an artist affect your decision to come to this country or to leave your country of origin?

Please email Jennifer Baker jlpbaker [at] gmail [dot] com with any questions.

Major support for Supper, People on the Move has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Supper, People on the Move has been developed in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Independence National Historical Park, and the Crane Arts Building’s Icebox. Supper, People on the Move has also received two Swarthmore Project: Time and Space for Dance Residencies and a Georgian Court University Summer Research grant.

From choreographer Silvana Cardell, a dance performance inspired by themes of migration, SUPPER explores the complex experience of dislocation. Performances took place in June of 2015 at Crane Arts in Philadelphia, with a free simulcast public screening at Independence National Historical Park.

Choreographer–Director Silvana Cardell Soundscapes Nick Zammuto Set and costume design Jennifer Baker Technical Director Conrad Bender Dancers Bethany Formica, Leanne Grieger, William Robinson, Adrian Plascencia, Maria Urrutia.

Supper, People on the Move
Cardell Dance Theater

June 25­–28, 2015

Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts
1400 North American Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122

PrintMajor support for Supper, People on the Move has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from Swarthmore College Project and Georgian Court University Summer Research grant.

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