Crossing Paths

The Project

A project by Company Teatro dell′Argine
in partnership with Taastrup Teater (Denmark) e Badac Theatre (United Kingdom)
co-financed by European Union - Culture Programma 2007/2013

A project dedicated to youngsters, to the themes of poverty, social inclusion and interculture, and to the possible role of theatre and the arts as tools for personal growth, against social disease, aimed to foster social inclusion.

Contents

Crossing Paths interweaves questions and issues that Teatro dell'Argine and its partners are dealing since years:

  • theatre as a tool for growth, communication and intercultural dialogue addressed to the young;
  • poverty and social exclusion (theme of the Europen Year 2010);
  • interculture;
  • active exchanges of artistic methods and practises with companies and theatres all over Europe;
  • networking with organizations, institutions, associations dealing with educational and  social matters, both on a local and on an international level;
  • interweaving different knowledges and practices: artists, educators, philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists, sociologists, pedagogists mixing up their work and enriching it thanks to reciprocal thinking and knowledges.

Activities

  1. Theatre workshops and shows with youngsters
First, the project is about forming three groups of youngsters (one in Italy, one in Denmark, one in the United Kingdom), who will participate to a theatre workshop about the issues of poverty, social exclusion and interculture. During the 18 months of the project, each group will also work with the teachers and directors of the other two countries, who will go to the partners’ cities both for artistic and methodological exchanges, and for working directly with the youngsters.
After a couple of months, the groups had become four: one group of Italian kids was added to the original three to balance the participants’ages.
At the moment, two groups of kids aged 12-13 and two groups of young aged 17-21 are part of the project.
 
The workshops will give birth to four shows, that will be performed in May 2011 from 23rd to 28th in the occasion of the Festival of Schools in ITC Teatro (in San Lazzaro di Savena, Bologna, Italy), the biggest festival of this kind in Italy. So, in May almost 40 artists and youngsters from Denmark and the United Kingdom will finally meet with their Italian colleagues in Italy, to exchange opinions, emotions, thinkings.
 
  1. The Conference
Among the most important objectives, there’s the conference of May 21st 2011 (organized by Teatro dell'Argine in collaboration with Bologna University – Educational Sciences): a conference about the issues of poverty, social exclusion and interculture and the role of theatre and the arts as possible tools for personal growth, against social disease and for social inclusion.
At the moment very important personalities have accepted our invitation to the conference, experts who have given a strong contribution to these matters in different fields:
Miguel Benasayag and Claudio Misculin (Accademia della Follia)
Alessandro Dal Lago
Marco Revelli
Mimmo Sorrentino
will hold their speeches in the morning.
 
In the afternoon, some working groups will be formed and coordinated by very special guides, such as Armando Punzo (Compagnia della Fortezza: theatre with prison inmates), Gabriele Del Grande (journalist and writer: Fortress Europe), Emanuele Valenti (Punta Corsara: theatre in the hard area of Scampia in Naples), Massimo Marino (journalist and critic), Federica Zanetti (Bologna University) and others still to be defined.
 
How can I participate?
The conference is opened to everybody, though specifically thought for teachers and workers and experts in the educational, social, theatre fields.
Participation is free, subject to registration.
As soon as the programme is defined, it’ll be on the website.
 
  1. The Network
What is the network? Education, Social Issues, Arts
One of the most important objectives of Crossing Paths is constructing a network of associations, cooperatives, schools, universities, institutions, ngos, intercultural or social centres, theatre companies, artists or just individuals dealing with educational or social or artistic issues or works.
The network tries to chart, know and foster the meeting of those organizations who work in the same field or in close fields and could benefit from one another’s activities, know-how and competences.
 
How and why should I join the network? Procedures, advantages and a final event to come to the fore
Joining the network is free. Besides, joining a European network gives some credits to those organizations that are going to apply for European fundings.
Each member will get a dedicated page on the website, where it can describe its own activites; will get a monthly newsletter keeping it up to date about the project; and will get the opportunity to participate to the final event. This is a sort of informative/performative event dedicated to the network members: each of them will get a tent, in which it can expose everything it likes about its own activities. Around the place, the young actors of the project will perform short scenes, poetry and dialogues. This event will be on May 22nd 2011 in the Parco della Resistenza in San Lazzaro di Savena (Bologna, Italy).
If you want to join the network, just contact Giulia Ventura (giulia.ventura@itcteatro.it) and send her some details about you and/or your organization:
 
  • NAME and LOGO of the organization or the person;
  • CONTACTS: address, telephone and/or fax numbers, e-mail and website addresses, contact people;
  • DESCRIPTION of the activities (10 lines in English are enough);
  • PHOTOS of the activities, with English captions.  
  1. The final event
The final day of the big May event will be on May 29th 2011:
  • at 4.30pm, there’ll be the traditional Award Winning Ceremony of the Theatre and the Visual Arts Contests of the Festival of Schools; the Italian, Danish and English teams will of course be there as special guests, together with the Mayors of Taastrup and San Lazzaro di Savena;
  • at 7.30pm, Taastrup Teater will perform the show The Inverted, a poetic and comic clown performance about feeling excluded, strangers, different, out of place.
Two clowns from different universes, meet... in this world.
One is looking for the most fantastisc spot in the world, where she can settle down. And feel she belongs.
The other one is running away from the turmoil of the world, finding it hard to be accepted.
Communication is very difficult, because language and culture don´t actually match.
So the never ending tragic-comic story about how we need to communicate, so we can survive and let a better life evolve from it... can begin.
Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity... is our goal.
The performance is full of poetry, mischief, beauty and pain... and hopefully a lot of laughter, when the audience recognize themselves.
 
  1. Crossing Paths showcase for schools
In the Festival programme, the Crossing Paths Showcase will be inaugurated: it will include, besides the four project groups, all the companies of kids and teens who will perform shows about the project issues.

Partners

Badac Theatre
Badac Theatre Company was formed by Steve Lambert and Dan Robb in 1999.
The name 'Badac' is a Polish word meaning to explore or exploration.
Our three reasons for forming the company were:
  • To produce new theatre work that is concentrated around human rights issues.
  • To create this work using a mixture of improvisation, new writing and extensive research.
  • To develop our work by exploring and using the theatre philosophies of both Jerzy Grotowski and Antonin Artaud.
All of Badac's work is created with the intention of exploring what human rights abuses are and what they actually mean to the INDIVIDUAL.
“Badac's work has always focused on human rights issues. The more we explored these issues the more we came to realize that mankind is controlled by violence. That violence infects every aspect of the human state, that it is as vital to human existence as is the air we breathe or the food we eat.”  (Steve Lambert)
 
Taastrup Teater
Theatre dates back to 1970, it is situated in the heart of the western region of Copenhagen, and it specializes in productions about contemporary societal issues such as cultural diversity, ethnic diversity, globalization etc, and it has strong links to the local community.
 
Vision
To be an attractive and indispensable theatre with a programme of the highest artistic quality.
 
Mission
To create, develop and produce a vital and dynamic programme of theatre.
 
Objectives
To create a theatre that is welcoming, inclusive and open to all sections of the community
To create a theatre which has a high profile, and is a vital component of the public and cultural life of the region
To create work that both satisfies and challenges the theatre´s audiences
To develop a national profile for the theatre as a centre of excellence and a source of innovation
To develop new artists, new work and new ways of working

Network

What is the network? Education, Social Issues, Arts
One of the most important objectives of Crossing Paths is constructing a network of associations, cooperatives, schools, universities, institutions, ngos, intercultural or social centres, theatre companies, artists or just individuals dealing with educational or social or artistic issues or works.
The network tries to chart, know and foster the meeting of those organizations who work in the same field or in close fields and could benefit from one another’s activities, know-how and competences.
 
How and why should I join the network? Procedures, advantages and a final event to come to the fore
Joining the network is free. Besides, joining a European network gives some credits to those organizations that are going to apply for European fundings.
Each member will get a dedicated page on the website, where it can describe its own activites; will get a monthlynewsletterkeeping it up to date about the project; and it will get the opportunity to participate to the final event. This is a sort of informative/performative event dedicated to the network members: each of them will get a tent, in which it can expose everything it likes about its own activities. Around the place, the young actors of the project will perform short scenes, poetry and dialogues. This event will be on May 22nd 2011in the Parco della Resistenza in San Lazzaro di Savena (Bologna, Italy).
 
If you want to join the network, just contact Giulia Ventura (giulia.ventura@itcteatro.it) and send her some details about you and/or your organization:
  • NAME and LOGOof the organization or the person;

  • CONTACTS: address, telephone and/or fax numbers, e-mail and website addresses, contact people;

  • DESCRIPTIONof the activities (10 lines in English are enough);

  • PHOTOSof the activities, with English captions.

Network's member
Ai.Bi Amici dei Bambini
AKB-housingproject (DK)           
Al-Harah Theatre (Palestine)    
Albero di Cirene             
Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna  
Alto Fragile Teatro         
AMANI - Bologna           
Amici dei Popoli              
Amnesty International Bologna              
Arca di Noè       
Luisa Atti            
British Council - Denmark           
CESD - European Center of Studies on Discrimination   
Colchester Arts Centre (UK)     
Cospe  
Culture Action Europe
DCAI - Danish Centre for Arts & Interculture (DK)          
Gabriele Del Grande     
Dentro Che Fuori Piove               
Diversa/Mente               
EducAid              
Essex University             
European Alternatives Bologna               
European Genetics Foundation              
Farnborough College (UK)         
Felsted School (UK)
Fortezza Theatre Company - Theatre and Prison Nacional Center          
Cristina Gamberini         
Gianluigi Gherzi              
Giolli Social Cooperative             
Highgate School (UK)   
Human Rights Nights Film Festival          
Høje Taastrup Gymnasium (DK)              
I.I.S G. Bruno    
I.I.S. A. Serpieri               
I.I.S. E. Majorana            
I.I.S. E. Mattei  
I.I.S. L. Fantini  
I.I.S. Montessori - Da Vinci         
I.P.S.S.C.T.P. Aldrovandi - Rubbiani       
I.T.I.S. F. Alberghetti     
Il ventaglio di Orav         
Intercult             
Intercultural Centre M. Zonarelli            
Iodo - Culture, Art, Education and Science         
ISCOS Emilia Romagna
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Itacà Festival    
Junction Theatre (UK)  
Krila      
Laminarie           
Antonio Martino            
MC Editrice Publisher   
Middle School F. Besta                
Middle School G. Gozzadini       
Municipality of Høje Taastrup (DK)        
Municipality of Reggio Emilia - Educational Factory Area             
Municipality of San Lazzaro di Savena Culture Department        
Naufragi             
NBV (SE)            
Nightingale Theatre (UK)           
Nursery School Castel dei Britti               
Nursery School C. Jussi                
Nursery School F.lli Canova       
Nursery School L. Fantini            
Nyumba Ali       
Opera Padre Marella    
Platform for Intercultural Europe           
Pleasance Theatre (UK)              
Pontelagoscuro Theater Company                        
Primary School Fornace              
Primary School L. Fantini
Primary School R. Pezzani          
Punta Corsara  
Puntozero Theater Company   
Rehabilitation Center for minors in conflict with the law Fortaleza (Bolivia)       
Sandhurst School (UK) 
Secondary School Augusto Righi             
Secondary School Copernico    
Secondary School Leonardo Da Vinci
Selmoseskolen Rød Bue (DK)   
Serendipità Publisher   
Sopra i Ponti     
Mimmo Sorrentino       
Teatro Aenigma                              
Teatro del Pratello
Terra di Tutti Film Festival          
The West End Centre in Aldershot (UK)
Together Polska (P)      
Vita Magazine  
Volabo
YODA   
YouNet

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Contacts

Teatro dell'Argine - ITC Teatro
 
Registered Office
via Benassi, 67
40068 San Lazzaro di Savena - Bologna
p.iva 02522171202
 
Operative Office
ITC Teatro
via Rimembranze, 26
40068 San Lazzaro di Savena - Bologna (Italy)
tel.: + 39 0516271604
fax: + 39 0516278647
 
 
Project Coordinators
Project Manager: Micaela Casalboni | micaela.casalboni@teatrodellargine.org
Network Coordinator: Giulia Ventura | giulia.ventura@teatrodellargine.org
 
Badac Theatre
Steve Lambert: badac@mac.com
 
Taastrup Teater

 

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