COUNTDOWN – the Freiburg part of the project

The days when everything will come together are not very far away! On 18th of June the selected participants from all the partners will arrive in Freiburg for the rehearsal of a huge open air production!

Premiere at the 28th July 2017 in Freiburg at the Stühlinger Kirchplatz. From there the production will travel directly to Passage festival in Helsingør, Denmark, 5th August and Newbury, UK, 12th August.

Creative Europe Showcase Conference

On 27 October, the European Commission organized a conference in Brussels.
During the conference, several showcased projects of the current Creative Europe programme were presented and discussed.We have been invited to talk about our Power of Diversity project within the context of intercultural dialogue and social inclusion. You can find videos about the panel and the presentation of the project here (you have to scroll to the topics: Intercultural dialogue and social inclusion)
Preparing the showcase, some of the participants below send us their statements.

Production period of the huge production has started

On October the 21rst/22nd the production team of PAN.OPTIKUM met the Catalan stage director Llorenç Corbella Sambola from Tàrrega in Freiburg. Together they started to prepare the next steps for the huge production that will come out on 28th July next year in Freiburg, Germany.

Selected participants

After the first seven parts of the project the following participants are selected for the huge production:

Kevin Carballo Flores, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Johnny Cejas Montero, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Rosalind Chaston, Newbury
Paige Makay, Newbury
Lea Emilia Christensen, Helsingør
Athena Gandila, Sibiu
Mihail Vass, Sibiu
Bartek Gawecki, Bytom
Paula González, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Karolina Grzegorzewicz, Bytom
Judit Henríquez Medina, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Igor Kolobov, Kirkenes/Murmansk
Abdirahman Nuur, Görlitz
Solomon Ogunmefun-Brooker, Newbury
Anna Orkisz, Bytom
Anna Viltoft Overgard, Helsingør
Juliane Petruska Lund, Helsingør
Sonja Poguts, Kirkenes/Murmansk
Marie Sophie Siegemund, Görlitz
Daria Strulia, Kirkenes, Murmansk
Daniel Vera Suárez, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Power of Diversity
– The Crossing Lines Project

is the title of the European large scale cooperation project, co-funded by the Creative Culture Programme of the European Union for performances in the public space.
One of its results will be a new international ensemble, made up of participants from the site-specific productions initiated by the partners from 2015 to 2017.
In this first phase of the project (2015 and 2016), productions for the public space will be created for festivals of the ten partners in seven European countries. These performances will be developed in the corresponding cities with a focus on that city’s history, location or some other special characteristic.
Between 15 and 40 young adults from the each city will be working with the artistic direction team to develop a production in approximately two weeks’ time. They will then present this production within the scope of a festival or special framework programme. In addition to the forms typical for this genre (such as acrobatics and theatre), the medium of expression for the productions is primarily hip-hop, and rap (poetry slam) since the competition mainly targets young people who belong to social strata in which education and theatre culture is not given high priority.
Up to three participants from each of the ten partner cities will be chosen and invited to come to Freiburg in June/July 2017 for an intensive production phase.
In Freiburg a large-scale venue production for several thousand spectators will be developed. This production will premiere on 28 July 2017 and then be taken on tour to all partners.
Those participating in the initial productions will then be integrated in the performances of the newly formed ensemble.
In addition to the artistic focus, whose overall concept centres on many aspects of crossing lines, the project further aims to reach and integrate new audiences from different backgrounds.
These audiences will also be interviewed on the subject matter.
Their answers will be digitalised, visualised as an aesthetic construct and shown in a collection of eleven exhibits (ten for the respective partners and one for the project as a whole). These exhibits will remain in the partner cities at the end of the project.

The partners are:

Pikene på Broen, Kirkenes/N,
Temudas Festival, Las Pamas de Gran Canaria/E,
Bytomskiego Centrum Kultury, Bytom/PL,
Teatrul National “Radu Stanca” Sibiu/ RO,
Deventer op Stelten, Deventer/NL,
Corn Exchange Trust, Newbury/UK,
Passage Festival, Helsingør/DK,
Creative foundation, Folkestone/UK
and the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater Görlitz-Zittau.

Associated partner: Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg

Coordinated and artistically initiated by
Action theatre PAN.OPTIKUM, Freiburg/D,
in cooperation with Rapucation, Berlin/D,





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