The project has finished

With the performance in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on 21rst of July 2018 our Power of Diversity – Crossing Lines Project has finished!
If you want to have a look back, you can watch several video clips at this page or you might rummage in our photo albums by Jennifer Rohrbacher.For deeper interests you have also the possibility to read the book of the project. For all of us it was a beautiful time full of great experiences!

Presentation of the book

At September 27th 7p.m. the book of the project, publishes by Theater der Zeit Verlag, Berlin will be presented in the production centre of Action Theatre PAN.OPTIKUM. There in the Lokhalle in Freiburg CROSSING LINES was produced from 17th June until 28th July 2017. Some of the actors will be there and talk about the project and their experiences as well as the artistic director, the choreographers and the producer. This event is a cooperation with the Freiburg bookshop ROMBACH. Tickets available for 5.-€. Reservations only HERE.

New Partner: Rastatt

New partner of the project: the tête-à-tête Festival in Rastatt, Germany

the performance CROSSING LINES will be presented at the tête-à-tête Festival at June 2nd, 2018.
During the next months young people from Rastatt and the region are invited to partizipate und to join our team in a workshop.
Interested? Please contact:

Für alle HipHop-Interessierten mit Vorerfahrung:
Am 5. und 6. Mai findet in Rastatt ein Workshop mit den Freiburger Choreografen von PAN.OPTIKUM statt.
Dabei werden choreografische Grundlagen für die Aufführung einstudiert.

Wer Lust hat auch an der Aufführung am 2. Juni mitzumachen und ab dem 27. Mai mit dem neuen europäischen Ensemble zusammenzuarbeiten kann unter:
Kontakt zu uns aufnehmen.

Next Crossing Lines Performance

At the Birds Festival in Murmansk, Russia!
The partner Pikene pa Brøen celebrates its artistical cooperation with the birds festival – which is going on since many years – with the Crossing Lines performance on April 27th 2018.
We are very excited to bring the Power of Diversity project over the border to this wonderful Russian festival!

Introduction of Simon Chatterton for the Newbury performance

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)