AS IT STARTED
The first “Founding Encounter ” was created on a ship – not a sea-going vessel, but a small “culture steamer” on Lake of Zurich. Students of the Zurich University of the Arts, ZHDK, developed a small storytelling project together with refugees as part of their training under the drama teacher Louis Naef, which was performed on the waves of the lake.
This resulted in a commissioned project for Caritas Switzerland around asylum seekers and locals.
Ueli Blum, Peter Braschler and the refugee Tamil actor Anton Ponrajah meet in a cultural barracks for a theater project of their own kind. In collaboration with refugees and local actors, a production was created that was completely new at the time and sparked a very large unexpected response. MARALAM was born, without the makers being aware of it.