60 European citizens committed to creating theatre that proposes new storytelling experiences about the recent financial crisis.
Sifnos Crisis questions the climate of crisis in Europe through a theatre cooperation involving 7 countries as partners: Greece, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Spain, UK and France, and also guests participants from the 4 corners of Europe and even the whole world. The project asks how can we as European citizens play our “roles on stage” within a media and politically saturated public environment? How might we provoke and stimulate our communities? And bring them together in order to engage in a different kind of story telling about the crisis?
In the 7 participating countries, artists, researchers, community leaders, public figures, students and youth groups has developed a body of text gathering testimonies about the crisis. They have also explored our European myth heritage that may question our world today. This summer, in Sifnos island (Greece), they will experience a two weeks workshop confronting their material for a common theatrical proposition.
This Sifnos Crisis meeting is one way of taking “the pulse” of what Europe’s citizens are currently facing; and examining at close range the imposed economic and moral violence that is threatening to divide us. In the spirit of current citizen-led movements, Sifnos Crisis aims to bring onto “the stage” a contemporary response to the world as we are experiencing and living it today.
Period: 29 June / 15 July
Participants: 65 from 12 countries
With the support of the Youth in Action program of the European Union
and OFAJ/DFJW (The Franco-German Youth Office)
and the Sifnos City Council
Organization: Mezzanine Spectacles and Panteion University Research Committee, in partnership with Sifnos City Council
Mezzanine Spectacles, Toulouse, France / Juliette Bompoint, Julie Paule
Panteion University Research Committee, Athens, Greece / Yangos Andreadis
The International Theatre, Rome, Italy / Tomaso Thellung de Courtelary, Alfredo Angelici
Ex Quorun, Evora, Portugal / Hugo Miguel de Matos Coelho
Bildung und Integration, Berlin, Germany / Holger Gumz
Ortzai Theater Laboratory, Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain / Iker Ortiz
Act up, London, United Kingdom / Gemma Lloyd
Map from PlanetWare.com