AHILAN RATNAMOHAN (NETHERLANDS)

24/03/17 – CONTACT, MANCHESTER

The financial explosion of football coupled with the growing success of African players in Europe has led to many Africans seeing football as a way out of poverty.

Ahilan Ratnamohan presents a powerful and explosive football-dance- theatre performance exploring the line between hope and desperation for young African footballers who migrate to Europe. Six West-African footballers invite an audience into their world of training, politics, visas and contracts.

Post-show discussion with Dr. James Esson of University of Loughborough and Dr. Deborah Jump of Manchester Metropolitan University followed the performance drawing on Dr. Esson’s research into the allure of football for migrants from Africa.

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