We’re delighted to announce that the five partners of Roundabout Europe have made their selection of five artistic companies for the 2019 European residency circuit. The five selected projects are:
Capital Woman by Léa Dant (FR)
Black Market by LUIT (FR)
Dummy Run by BANDART Productions (HU)
Hang Out by Eliška Brtnická (CZ)
Catch Me by Upswing (UK)
The open call in November 2018 received 147 applications from 19 countries from all over Europe. The selection process was weighted by a high quality, strong and convincing artistic plan; need for capacity building and professionalization; strong audience development and inclusion of underrepresented groups; ease of travel, tour and host. We’ll be working with these artists on a range of creative projects over the coming months, providing them with a bespoke package of support. They, in turn, will work with the five partners to give outdoor theatre a new impulse, stimulating its development. The artistic companies will, where possible, also offer contributions to our programme of classes, events and festivals, including the Out There Festival.
About the chosen productions:
Capital WOMEN by Léa Dant / Cie Théâtre du voyage intérieur (France)
Léa Dant aim is to create a set of key performances that can be adapted and performed locally in different countries by several groups of women. The performances will carry the same core messages, but they will vary in response to the groups of women recreating them. The project is based on a very strong and sensitive vision about the power of women, a topic which is not often staged in the outdoor arts scene. The show aims to work with local women to build a strong connection with the place and with the audience.
Residencies: Passage Festival (Denmark), Spoffin Festival (The Netherlands)
Black Market by LUIT Urban Laboraty of Temporaries Interventions (France)
Mixing the dealers and traders codes, the performance questions the permission for desires outside the frames of the consuming society. Speaking becomes a “place” where you take a risk. Every scene is literally negotiated with the audience – the actors baffle the opposition between artists and public. The project offers an exciting and prescient new form of performing in a marketplace. There are marketplaces in all European countries, but they all differ from each other. Therefore, we can expect completely different events in each country where Black Market will be performed.
Residencies: Imaginarius (Portugal), Passage Festival (Denmark)
Dummy Run – The Science Friction Show by BANDART Production (Hungary)
The show is going to represent the antagonisms between a human being and a technical creature. The two characters; Alfred, the playful inventor and his creature-assistant Ann, the curious robot girl set off to explore their relationship through a variety of robotic props and set pieces. The concept of this performance is very visual and open to young audiences with an eye in educating with the sciences. Their project brings a high interest in the outdoor arts as robotics are a rare occurrence in a festival programme.
Residencies: KoresponDance (Czech Republic), Out There (United Kingdom)
Hang out by Eliška Brtnická (Czech Republic)
This project is a research on architecture as an aerial equipment questioning the borders of sites. There are several spots in each town and city where people do not want or are not allowed to go. By entering these places, in her work Eliška Brtnická brings up questions about such topics as ban, permission, border, danger or responsibility. This is a very refreshing, new and daring project and it opens a new approach of working site-specific.
Residencies: Spoffin Festival (The Netherlands), Out There (United Kingdom)
Catch Me by Upswing (United Kingdom)
Catch Me will blend visual installation with a performance incorporating acrobatics, dance and object manipulation. The project works with two professional performers: a young male circus artist and an older female dancer alongside small groups of older retirees, non-professional participants. This project works with two very well skilled performers and shows that the older dancers still can be professionally very good. Moreover, the combination of young and old brings important question to attention.
Residencies: KoresponDance (Czech Republic), Imaginarius (Portugal)
Every selected artists and artistic groups will participate in two residencies hosted by the festival partners. The project will kick-off with an initial coaching for capacity three-day-long session in Portugal in Santa Maria da Feira 9-11th May 2019.
Roundabout Europe is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.