Five theatres for young audiences from the Ruhr Area have connected with five partner theatres from Hungary, France, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands. Young people from 16 to 23 years of age come together in the europefiction groups in their resepective cities, experiment with different theatre approaches and art forms. The main question is: "What kind of world 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. In 2019, the two europefiction groups dealt with and exchanged about the topic "solidarity" and created a performance together. In 2020, the topic was "SHARING". The planned visit to Hungary in the Easter Holidays was cancelled due to Corona. The europefiction groups of Hamm and Budapest met anyway - online! They created video material that reflects on SHARING in times of lockdown and social distancing. More information about the project of our common online rehearsals can be found here.
In summer, the ten groups will meet for three days in an online camp with workshops and exchange.
"Let's come together! - Let's Do It!"
With a series of workshops, the europefiction group Hamm has started into their new topic in September 2020: "Simplicity". Since January, the 16-23 years old participants rehearse - currently digtally, as soon as it is possible again in the HELIOS Theater. What is simplicity? Where do we find it in our daily lives? When laughing? In front of the mirror? On the loo? What does simplicity look like? The group develops a performance, live or on video, and are also dealing with the question: How can I - and how can we together - change the world? The performance will be presented opn the stage of HELIOS Theater in the end of July.