Ladies and Gentlemen:
Welcome to this performance of CROSSING LINES.
The performance here in Newbury is one of the first highlights of a major European project called Power of Diversity. A collaborative project with nine other partner festivals from all over Europe. It is part of the “Creative Europe” programme and is fifty percent funded by the EU Commission. It is also generously supported by Arts Council England and Greenham Common Trust.
Over the past 18 months, German theatre company Pan Optikum have created small productions with many young people in our partners’ cities across Europe.
Some of the performers from these small performances were then invited to come to Freiburg where six weeks of rehearsals created this performance Crossing Lines, which is now touring to our partner festivals. In this way, the project has created an international community that transcends borders and has also been a great pleasure to work on.
As we produced our projects last year we asked the young people taking part about their hopes, their fears and their visions of the future – both for themselves and for the world in which they are living.
Two themes emerged, questions of individual identity and self-awareness but also the bigger questions of the challenges our fractured societies and our planet face.
In this performance that they have created, young people find themselves in the aftermath of a global catastrophe. Cast adrift and isolated they have to rediscover their individual identities.
Finding other survivors they form new tribes, micro-societies based on their own arbitrary rules. But it is not until they open their eyes to others and embrace the wider diversity of the new world around them that they find their path to a new future.
Finally, a piece of practical piece of information:
Small stages will be moving all around the space during the performance, so we ask all of you to get ready to move. Through choosing where you stand you’ll be able to experience entirely new perspectives.
With this information let us wish you an enjoyable evening and present tonight’s performance of Crossing Lines.
Juliet Coveney (project manager)
Simon Chatterton (producer)
After six weeks very intense rehearsals the first two evenings will be in Freiburg at July 28th and 29th at the Stühlinger Kirchplatz.
It starts at 10 pm and the duration will be approximately one hour.
All the organizers of the partner festivals will be there to join us at this very special evening.
Since June 18 all selected participants from the 9 partner festivals are arrived in Freiburg, to start the six weeks rehearsing in Freiburg.
The 28 young adults will develop together a new theatre production for huge public spaces. Pictures of the first days you can find HERE.
WE ARE VERY EXCITED and please SAVE THE DATES: The premiere will be on the 28th of July in Freiburg at the Stühlinger Kirchplatz, 100 metres behind the train station.
Directly after the second performance at the 29th of July, the production will travel to the Passagefestival, Helsingør, DK and afterwards to Newbury, UK.
The following participants are selected for the huge production:
Abdirahman Nuur, Görlitz
Anna Orkisz, Bytom
Athena Gandila, Sibiu
Bartek Gawecki, Bytom
Cosima Dudel, Freiburg
Daniel Vera Suárez, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Daria Strulia, Kirkenes/Murmansk
Gustav Jung, Freiburg
Igor Kolobov, Kirkenes/Murmansk
Jiska Mensink, Deventer
Johnny Cejas Montero, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Judit Henríquez Medina, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Juliane Petruska Lund, Helsingør
Karolina Grzegorzewicz, Bytom
Katie Burse, Folkestone
Kevin Carballo Flores, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Kien Trinh, Freiburg
Kyle Lockerby, Folkestone
Laura Viltoft Overgard, Helsingør
Lea Emilia Christensen, Helsingør
Marie Sophie Siegemund, Görlitz
Mihail Vass, Sibiu
Paige Makay, Newbury
Paula González, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Rosalind Chaston, Newbury
Sonja Poguts, Kirkenes/Murmansk
Yalany Marschner, Freiburg
Ziga Lukman, Folkestone
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