The Villes en Scène/Cities on stage project, initiated by the Théâtre National/Brussels and supported by the Cultural Programme of the European Union, brings together six theatres in Europe around the question "living together" in the great cities: Théâtre National/Bruxelles,Folkteatern/Göteborg, Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe/Paris, Teatrul National Radu Stanca/Sibiu, Teatro Stabile di Napoli,Teatro de La Abadía/Madrid.
From 2011 and until 2016, different artists will bring their own individual, critical and poetic approach to this evolving continent. Seven creative works are thus crossing Europe and making their questions heard in other countries and being seen by other eyes. After Exils by Fabrice Murgia in January 2012 in Brussels, this season will see the creations of Fragmente, a Lars Norén and Sofia Jupither (Sweden) project, and La Réunification des deux Corées, the new play of Joël Pommerat (France). And then in the seasons to follow, Gianina Carbunariu (Romania), Emma Dante (Italy), Antônio Araújo (Brazil) and Frank Castorf (Germany) will continue the dialogue.
Villes en scène/Cities on stage also aims to reinforce the link between artistic creation and citizenship, by closely involving the inhabitants of each of the cities in the creative process. And the MOVING CITIES element of the project invites groups of citizens – young and old – to face the contemporary challenges of cities and the realities of Europe today. These citizen workshops are led by artists of different disciplines, who relate their thoughts and their imagination. They follow the process of theatrical creation and explore the themes associated with Villes en scène/Cities on stage such as migration, the city, diversity, new forms of integration …
So in January 2012 in Brussels, the photographers Gaël Turine, Loïc Delvaulx and Cédric Gerbehaye worked on the complex faces of diversity along the main axes of the city. These sites had been identified and chosen by a group of inhabitants, accompanied by Bruxelles Laïque, to express their view on multi-culturalism. The students of the Athénée Royal Gatti de Gamond chose and recounted, with the newspaper Le Soir, their Objects of Exile to characterise their migration, their story. This exhibition, created at the Théâtre National, was shown in Naples and Sibiu during the tour of Exils by Fabrice Murgia. This season in Brussels we will see the exhibitions MOVING CITIES which were created in Göteborg and Paris and in this way we will carry on bringing face to face points of view – of people and of artists – from here and from other countries.
As part of this same wish for exchange, meetings and discovery, each theatre invites a group of young actors from one of the partner countries to work for a month with a director, and local inhabitants are included to accompany the young artists in their discovery of the city, of its cultures. After Nathalie Garraud in Paris, who was able to work with young Neapolitan actors, this season it is Armel Roussel who will welcome Romanian actors to Brussels. And for the seasons to come there will be Mélanie Mederlind in Göteborg, Vlad Massaci in Sibiu, David Iodice in Naples.
In this way Villes en scène/Cities on stage invites artists, young and old inhabitants to observe our continent and to invent together stories which speak of Europe today and tomorrow.
FRAGMENTE | Lars Norén and Sofia Jupither
CREATION | Folkteatern Göteborg – Théâtre National/Brussels. In collaboration with: Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe/Paris – Teatro de La Abadía/Madrid – Teatrul National Radu Stanca/Sibiu
Göteborg – Folksteatern (26.10.2012 to 8.12.12)
Madrid – La Abadía (6 to 11.04.13)
Brussels – Théâtre National (16 to 20.04.13)
Paris – Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe (23 to 27.04.13)
LA REUNIFICATION DES DEUX COREES | Joël Pommerat
CREATION | Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe/Paris – Compagnie Louis Brouillard. In coproduction with:
Théâtre National/Brussels – Folkteatern Göteborg – Teatrul National Radu Stanca/Sibiu – Théâtre français du Centre national des Arts du Canada/Ottawa –CNDC de Châteauvallon – Filature Scène Nationale/Mulhouse
Paris – Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe (17.01 to 3.03.13)
Brussels – Théâtre National (19 to 29.03.13)
Ottawa – Centre National des Arts (April 13)
Mulhouse – La Filature (May 13)
Göteborg – Folkteatern (May 13)
Sibiu – Teatrul National Stanca/Sibiu (May 13)
Naples – Teatro Stabile /Festival de Naples – (June 13)