europefiction - an international youth art project!
Five theatres for young audiences from the Ruhr Area have connected each other with five partner theatres from Hungary, France, UK, Italy and the Netherlands. Young people from 16 to 23 years of age come together in the europefiction groups in their resepctive cities, experiment with different theatre approaches and art forms. The main question is: "What kind of Europe do you want to live in? And what are you willing to do for it?" The europefiction groups from the bilateral partner theatres exchange about a common topic and develop theatre performances in a dialogue. They develop visions, stand in for solidarity and strive to question existing models and to view democracy and social justice as something that is yet to be achieved.
HELIOS Theater works together with Kolibri Theatre from Budapst. The Hungarian young people are students of Ágnes Nemes Nagy School, a high school for performing arts.Theatre and dance are on the daily schedule. The two europefiction groups deal with the topic "solidarity". In the two countries, this term has very different connotations and histories.
For the exchange, the groups use the big variety of possibilities of digital media. Getting to know each other and sharing material via video messages, and photos, common rehearsals between Hamm and Budapest via video calls... But there was also a first meeting of the two groups in "real life". In the Easter holidays, the Hamm group traveled to Budapest and visited their partners for the very first time.
The big europefiction summer camp in Gelsenkirchen will host all the ten groups from the six countries: From July 13th to 21st, 2019, all the participants and theatre pedagogues will meet and publicly present the theatre performances they have created.
More information can be found on the project website of the europefiction: www.europefiction.org