17 Border Crossings

Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental


Physical Theatre


A trip around the world via storytelling at its most fluent: award-winning theatre director, designer and raconteur Thaddeus Phillips uses minimal props and magnetic charm to recreate 17 (unforgettable) Border Crossings.

"The work grabs you with its intelligence, humor, sarcasm, political critique, all the way until its moving finale." El Heraldo Zaragoza, Spain

[[Show Duration:  90 minutes no interval
Audience Suitability: 12 and over 
Stage Size: Min 9m wide x 6m deep / Height clearance of 5m
Venue Capacity: Up to 800
Touring Party: 4
Languages: The show can be presented in English or Spanish

Booking Contact: Belinda Murphy belinda@auroranova.org///Dauer: 90 Min. (keine Pause)
Altersempfehlung: 12+
Bühnengröße: Min. 9 m Breite x 6 m Tiefe/Höhe 5 m
Geeignete Zuschauerzahl: Bis 800
Anzahl Personen auf Tournee: 4
Kontakt für Informationen und Buchung: Wolfgang Hoffmann

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Photo Credit: Randall Ortega Chaves, Mark Simpson

Climb aboard the communist-era type train on its journey from Prague to Belgrade or lie low in the wheel well of a transatlantic jet to Heathrow, on true life journeys recreating invasive body searches at Charles de Gaulle, run-ins with Ace of Base on Croatian ferries, KFC smuggling in Palestine and ayahuasca experiments in the Amazon in this captivating contemplation of the perplexing ins and outs of our fragile right of passage. 

★★★★★ "Phillips is a fluid, shifting storyteller, something of a conjuror. As a piece of performance it is technically brilliant, dizzyingly so. Each episode is beautifully rendered, an act of transportation; he is effortlessly multilingual, cursing with aplomb in Serbian, mumbling in Arabic, purring in French as he snaps on a latex glove.”  The Stage

★★★★"Powerful, vivid storytelling...both enjoyable and enlightening" - Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

★★★★"Witty, gently erudite and humane tales illustrate the absurd, haphazard nature of borders”  - The Times, London

"Armed solely with a wooden desk and chair, a floating light gantry, a coffee mug, a flashlight, a piece of chalk, and a dazzling facility with languages, Phillips [...] finds the monumental in the everyday, turning human frailty into art" - The Huffington Post

Show Credits:

A Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental Production

Creation, Production Design and Performance by Thaddeus Phillips

Dramaturgy - Patrick Kealy
Direction and Translation - Tatiana Mallarino
Sound Design - Rob Kaplowitz
Lights - David Todaro
Stage Management - Spencer Sheridan

17 BORDER CROSSINGS is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by The Painted Bride Arts Center in partnership with The MAP and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency.) For more information: www.npnweb.org; The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation & The Wyncote Foundation.


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20 & 21 October 2018: Territory Festival, Moscow, Russia