art creates future

An International Youth Art Project

Five theatres for young audiences from the Ruhr Area have connected with five partner theatres from Hungary, France, Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands. Young people from 16 to 23 years of age come together in the europefiction groups in their cities, experiment with different theatre approaches and art forms and create theatre performances and exchange about the questions: "What kind of world do you want to live in? And what are you willing to do for it?"

Since 2018, HELIOS Theater has worked 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. In their exchange, the groups from Hamm and Budapest did workshops together, live and digitally, and built up a connection and ongoing exchange.

Starting in 2022, there will be summer camps again: The possibility for all the groups to meet, get to know each other, do workshops together, discuss current topics and be creative in many ways. The next camp is planned from July 2nd-9th at Consol Theater in Gelsenkirchen.

europefiction Academy

2021, a new project started within the europefiction framework: The europefiction Academy - an exchange between the ten theatres about the work with young people concerning different topics. Together with La Transplanisphère (Paris, FR) und ExQuorum (Evora, PT), the HELIOS Theater develops a workshop for young people from different countries all over the world about migration. Test runs with young people from India, Nigeria, Mexico, USA, France, Germany and Portugal are planned to take place in spring. Afterwards, the concept will be presented to interested pedagogues from school, culture and youth work. The europefiction Academy ins funded by the European Union.


Works of the europefiction group

The europefiction groups Hamm and Budapest created a live performance and two films together:

Solidarity (2019)

What is solidarity? What does it mean to us? When – and how? – does it occur? The performers interrogated the concept “solidarity” in everyday life and world affairs. They examined it from different perspectives, from loud protesting against injustice to missing solidarity, tough anti- and shrill pseudo-solidarity on to silent standby. On the europefiction camp in Gelsenkirchen, the groups from Hamm and Budapest presented their performances together.

Sharing (2020)

In the film "Shared Distance", the europefiction groups Hamm and Budapest tell in a mix of fiction and documentation how you can still be together despite social distancing, how you can share emotions and things. In the digital rehearsals, the young people have worked on bringing their thoughts, ideas and visions into an artistic form. "Shared Distance" is still online:

Simplicity (2021)

What is Simplicity? Where do we find it in our everydday life? When laughing? In front of the mirror? On the loo? What does she look like, Simplicity? The performers created a performance film together, with creative writing, movement and video art. The film "Simplicity" is still on youtube:

is a cooperation of:

Junges Schauspielhaus Bochum, Theater Rotterdam, KJT Dortmund, La Transplanisphère Paris, Consol Theater Gelsenkirchen, AGORA Theater St. Vith, HELIOS Theater Hamm, Kolibri Theatre Budapest, theaterkohlenpott Herne, ExQuorum Evora.

More information can be found on the project website

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