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,
Cyprian Kamil Norwid Theater Jelenia Góra/PL,
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