Thursday, February 12 - 15, 2015
B. Iden Payne Theatre
$15.00 - $25.00

Presented by the Department of Theatre & Dance

An original idea developed by The Moving Company

Refugia: origin: Latin, literally “place of refuge;” an area in which a population of organisms can survive through a period of unfavorable conditions.

Composed in five chapters, Refugia is an investigation into the lives of those who find themselves at the crossroads of transition, navigating life’s margins. It explores humanity’s constant state of passage – geographically, emotionally, and physically, across those borders that only exist of our own creation. Cinematic, yet highly theatrical, this innovative work is an evocative and uplifting story of transformation.

“The largest number of refugees in history was recorded out of Syria last fall – I believe around 300,000 in just a few days. A small town in northern France has seen the number of refugees waiting to cross the channel equal the size of its resident population,” shares director Dominique Serrand. “Populations of Sudan, Mali, Congo, Niger, Libya, and so on, are constantly on the move trying to save their lives. The first 15 years of the 21st century has been the most devastating years of any century around the globe in terms of wars and dislocation of communities around the world based on their religious, racial or ethnic background. Our show is not an illustration of these acts, but rather a poetic journey about the larger sense of refuge.”

Refugia is created by Dominique Serrand, Steven Epp, Nathan Keepers and Christina Baldwin of The Moving Company, former members of the Tony Award-winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune.

Learn more about the play and its timeliness, as Steven Epp and Dominique Serrand discuss Refugia on KUT’s In Perspective with Rebecca McInroy.

View the Refugia Program.

About The Moving Company and the development of Refugia
The Moving Company is led by co-artistic directors Dominique Serrand and Steven Epp, and artistic associates Nathan Keepers and Christina Baldwin. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Moving Company was founded in 2008, and is dedicated to creating new works of theatre for audiences locally, nationally and throughout the world, and to a collaborative process that nurtures and empowers the creativity of all artists.

In the tradition of previous Moving Company shows such as Come Hell and High Water (University of California, Davis), The War Within/All’s Fair (University of Minnesota), and Out of the Pan Into the Fire (University of Iowa), company members collaborate with University of Texas at Austin students to create a cohesive yet expansive theatrical experience. This Moving Company model of developing ideas at the collegiate/graduate level allows for in depth study and exploration in a “lab” setting, creating a strong foundation to then later produce a professional production in the company’s home base of Minneapolis.

February 12-14 at 7:30pm
February 14-15 at 2:00pm


  • Contains mature content, Fog/Smoke, Loud Noises and Strobe Effects
  • The Austin Marathon is February 15, and parking around the UT Campus will be affected. Please allow extra time for parking. Parking is restricted but you may purchase advanced, discounted parking:
  • Reviews, Resources and More

    Creators Steven Epp and Dominique Serrand discuss Refugia on KUT’s In Perspective with Rebecca McInroy.

    Finding Refuge, The Austin Chronicle

    UT Department of Theatre and Dance website
    Maps and Directions
    General Ticketing Information
    Theatre and Dance on Facebook
    Theatre and Dance on Twitter

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