On the Threshold of the Future

The Project

a project by  Stiftung Genshagen (Germany) and Observatory of Cultural Policies of Grenoble (France)
in collaboration with Teatro dell’Argine (Italy) and Ruse Elias Canetti Society (Bulgaria)
financed by Ministry of French culture, Allianz Kulturstiftung for Europe (Germany), Hippocrène Foundation (France), Frankish-German Youth Office,  Frankish-German cultural Council, Chancellery of the German Federal Government for Culture and Media
photo by Davide Saccà 

September - November 2019

How do we wish to live together in today's Europe? What challenges are European societies facing today? How can we approach them collaboratively and, in this way, imagine new ways of living together? These are some of the questions explored by On the Threshold of the Future, an international art project born in 2016 from the collaboration between the Stiftung Genshagen Foundation (Germany) and the Observatory of Cultural Policies of Grenoble (France) which intends  to face the current challenges and the future new visions that derive from living together in Europe today, both artistically and theoretically, involving cultural operators, artists and the younger generations. The project, which immediately involved other international companies in the sector - the International Elias Canetti Society (Ruse), Narodowe Centrum Kultury (Warsaw), Piedmont Cultural Observatory (Turin), Racines (Casablanca), Comédie de Saint-Etienne (Saint Etienne) and Teatro dell'Argine - and institutional prestigious partners (the Chancellery of the German Federal Government for Culture and Media, the French Ministry of Culture, the Allianz Kulturstiftung for Europe, the Frankish-German Youth Office and the Hippocrène Foundation), therefore puts as center of its work keywords that are very dear to the work of Teatro dell'Argine: intercultural, intergenerational and interdisciplinary dialogue, active European citizenship and participatory democracy through the arts. The actions of the project are articulated in conferences, round tables and artistic workshops in the various countries on common themes established from year to year. For 2019, the project comes to life in two distinct stages that include a theater and dance workshop focused on the theme living together in Europe and a European conference on the same themes.


FIRST PART: NOMAD’S LAB - Utopias | Performance | 29 September – 5 October 2019, ITC Teatro di San Lazzaro, Italy
In the first stage of the project a group of 21 boys and girls from Italy, France, Poland, Germany and Bulgaria participates in the nomad workshop entitled Utopias, by Teatro dell'Argine at the ITC Lab in San Lazzaro di Savena . The 5-days workshop (from Monday, September 30 to Friday, October 4th, 2019) will be conducted by actress and director Micaela Casalboni from Teatro dell’Argine and the German choreographer Be Van Vark, and it will end with a public return scheduled for Friday October 4th, again in the ITC Lab space.
SECOND PART: ON THE THRESHOLD OF THE FUTURE | European Conference | from November 9th to 13th 2019, Genshagen Foundation, Germany
In the second stage of the project the dance and theater performance, fruit of the Nomad’s Lab – Utopias will be repeated at the Castle of Genshagen, near Berlin, on the afternoon of November 12th 2019, at the opening of the European conference On the Threshold of the Future, where, operators and experts in the cultural sector will attend. This will be an important moment of reflection on the themes of the project and an opportunity for discussion between the various international partners and the workshop participants.


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