Author Archives: Weronika Chinowska

Performance “Island Europe”

From an artistic perspective, the entirety of “The City Ghettos of Today” had drawn inspiration from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and has paid particular attention to the relationship between Prospero and Caliban through its various stages: first meeting, education, colonization, slavery, revolt. In this final stage of exploration, the performance”Europe Island” imagined Caliban’s departure from the Island and his attempt to integrate into Prospero’s city. In this imagining of “The Tempest”, an old Prospero feared the former slave and subsequently attempts to isolate himself within his city, to defended his own culture and to reject Caliban.
Many of the actors who had previously participated in workshops in one of the project’s seven participating European cities again joined the “City Ghettos of Today’s” international artistic team on this final collective exploration. Together they reflected on the project’s evolution and raise new questions related to the project’s overarching themes: what forces could turn Europe into an “island”? Through which mechanisms might this kind of isolation be realised? How can we understand the notion of “borders” in the context of contemporary Europe? What “rites of passage” do non-Europeans undergo in order to find a place in European societies?

Pietro Floridia, artistic director of the project, director

Installation created by workshop participants and the international artistic team: Alicja Borkowska (theatre), Linda Fahssis (theatre), Tomasz Gromadka (text), Sebastian Klim (lilghting), Piotr Mikuć (video), Luana Pavani (scenography), Marek Płuciennik (video), Alejandro Olarte (sound and music).

 

Creative workshops – preparing “ISLAND EUROPE”

In creative workshop led by artists from Italy, France and Finland  took part participants involving in the process of creating from different cities, as well as by Warsaw-based members of Strefa WolnoSlowa. The workshop focused on transforming video and audio materials gathered from all cities taking part in the project for used in the “Europe Island” performance and installation. It also included theatre, video and sound activities based upon characters and plot elements from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. The workshop culminated in a performance entitled Europe Island which was presented on 24 January at The State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw.

This workshop  led by Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bolonia), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warszawa), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warszawa), Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paryż), Alejandro Olarte (freelance artist, Helsinki) and Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki)

Interactive installation “Island Europe”

Through the year, researchers and artists focused on topics connected with refugees and migrants, the life within city ghettos and seeing European cities through the eyes of foreign minorities. Participants and public guests of Warsaw’s culminating installation had a unique opportunity to see and get to know the trajectories of individuals who had came to Europe from various corners of the world through a variety of theatrical and audiovisual lenses, ranging from recorded songs and interviews to videos, multimedia installations and performances, all of which constituted creative landmarks on the artistic map of “The City Ghettos of Today”.

MAS museum

MAS Museum aan de Stroom

The performance “Under Sail” took place on the 8th floor of the museum MAS, with a view on the city and the port. The students of the kunstZ academy were presented the results of the workshops in a multidisciplinary installation.

The Museum aan de Stroom (MAS; Dutch for: Museum at the river) is a museum located along the river Scheldt in the Eilandje district of Antwerp, Belgium. It opened in May 2011 and is the largest museum in Antwerp.
The MAS is a ground-breaking museum that tells the story of the people, the past, present and future of the city of Antwerp and the world.

www.mas.be

University of Antwerp

University of Antwerp

Seminar Breeding grounds. New citizenship and art forms in urban diversity  in the range of “The City Ghettos of Today ” project was held at Antwerp University (3rd of February 2015)

This seminar was provided a platform for a dialogue between the artists, cultural practitioners and researchers as well as a group discussion which were discussing the myriad dynamics of working with an din a diverse society.
Diversity in urban areas presents specific challenges and opportunities, particularly in the arenas of social integration, solidarity and culture. Are top-down policies in these domains better equipped to facilitate social harmony in these areas or is a bottom-up approach more conducive to congruous living amidst diversity?

https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/

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English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center

English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center is the German capital’s only producing and presenting organization in the Hauptstadt expressly dedicated to English, the 21st century lingua franca, as the working language.

Our year-round programming comprises the Producing Series – Made in Berlin (in-house productions), the Presenting Series (selected international productions and work from Berlin’s independent performing arts community), as well as our Performing Series(concerts, comedy and more from Berlin’s English performing arts community) andPedagogy Series (cultural and drama education). We are a proud member of Berlin’s freie Szene, the independent performing arts community, and are currently developing platforms to share our work within Germany and abroad.

We consciously use theater and performance as living, discursive forms to bring artists and audiences into conversation with each other about our shared city and the greater world we live in.

English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center receives funding from Regierender Bürgermeister von Berlin, Staatskanzlei für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.

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Radio dla Ciebie, „Niedzielny poranek”, Beata Jewiarz
Weronika Chinowska and Tomasz Gromadka talk about the Warsaw residency live in studio
Emission: May, 4th 2014 at 7:30 am

Read more about project in Bologna

During the second week, participants and organisers used the key words emerged in such categories as stimulations for art workshops involving nearly 100 participants and embraced practices of writing, video, theater, illustration, and music. The final performance, which involved around fifty participants-actors from fourteen different countries, was titled “The Island is Full of Noises”, which is a verse from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. Viewed through this Shakespearean lens, the “camp” signaled a form of isolation whilst simultaneously emphasizing a richness of possible voices and interpretive keys. The performance took place in the prestigious setting of the Cortile del Pozzo (Courtyard of the Well), the courtyard of the town hall of Bologna. On directorial level, it was divided into two distinct phases: an itinerant time where the public could “explore the island”, which included many small scenes based upon interviews that were written by the playwright Tomasz Gromadka; and a second more central time which, focusing on the clash between Prospero and Caliban, proposed choral and choreographic scenes that used music composed during the project’s music workshops by the composer Alejandro Olarte.

More about conclusive event in Paris

Over the course of this three-day event, both foreign guests and Paris-based members of the public had the opportunity to took part in an open discussion at the Immigration History Museum in Paris about the project artistic and research outcomes. Public equally was invited to see the audiovisual materials connected with migrants and refugees issues emanating from the creative workshops in cities across Europe. Using artistic activities as a focal point project addressed the multiform ways in which migration has shaped Europe over the years as well as the different ways in which EU citizens have reacted to the presence of newcomers from Asia, Africa, Middle East and East. In this vein. The City Ghettos of Today used the language of art and of the theatre to explore different facets of immigration in Europe, ranging from personal testimonies to legal and administrative issues.

Inspired by testimonies culled from cities across Europe over the course of 2014, “Island Europe” showcased personal histories, songs and short videos of migrants from Congo, Eritrea, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Vietnam, Palestine. This showcase will take the form of a presentation and an open discussion that held at Immigration History Museum on 11 February 2015.

1. Open discussion and presentation of the The City Ghettos of Today project outcomes
When:
11 Febbruary, 2.30 p.m.
Where: Museum of Immigration History, 293 avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris – métro Porte Dorée
The Museum of Immigration History together with the French Theatre Company Check Points and the International team of The City Ghettos of Today’s project welcomed for the open-discussion visitors and all those who had taken part in the artistic process during the first project residence in Paris in March 2014: workshop participants from University Pais 8, young migrants from the French language association Atouts Cours, habitants of the Nanterre neighborhood Quartier du Parc, participants of the workshops of the Cie Check Points and the French Cultural center CENTQUATRE as well as all the French partners who had participated in the development of the project in Paris: Nanterre town council team, workers of the Social Center of Nanterre Parc’En Ciel and the Association Bel Agir, The Salle Saint Bruno in the Goutte d’Or.

Evens Foundation

EVENS FOUNDATION – sponsor of The City Ghettos of Today project

 

EVENS FOUNDATION is a public benefit foundation based in Antwerp (Belgium) and with offices in Paris and Warsaw. It initiates, develops and supports sustainable projects that encourage citizens and states to live together harmoniously in a peaceful Europe. Its 3 main action domains are European Citizenship, Peace Education and Media. It awards biennial prizes to highlight achievement and good practice in relevant fields.

www.evansfoundation.be

kunstZ

kunstZ was hosted The City Ghettos of Today’s residency in Antwerp. kunstZ is a community art organisation focused on employing, engaging and training Antwerp’s minorty groups in order to facilitate their professional insertion into the city‘s cultural landscape. The organisation produces performances in collaboration with their minority partners and is equally a platform for employment in Antwerp and Flanders. kunstZ also runs a theatre-training program for immigrants and foreign-speaking newcomers, the students of which participated in The City Ghettos of Today project.

www.kunstz.be

University of Antwerp

Seminar in the range of “The City Ghettos of Today ” project in Antwerp: Breeding grounds. New citizenship and art forms in urban diversity

This seminar was provided a platform for a dialogue between the artists, cultural practitioners and researchers as well as a group discussion which were discussing the myriad dynamics of working with an din a diverse society.
Diversity in urban areas presents specific challenges and opportunities, particularly in the arenas of social integration, solidarity and culture. Are top-down policies in these domains better equipped to facilitate social harmony in these areas or is a bottom-up approach more conducive to congruous living amidst diversity?

MAS Museum aan de Stroom

The performance “Under Sail” took place on the 8th floor of the museum MAS, with a view on the city and the port. The students of the kunstZ academy were presented the results of the workshops in a multidisciplinary installation.

The Museum aan de Stroom (MAS; Dutch for: Museum at the river) is a museum located along the river Scheldt in the Eilandje district of Antwerp, Belgium. It opened in May 2011 and is the largest museum in Antwerp.
The MAS is a ground-breaking museum that tells the story of the people, the past, present and future of the city of Antwerp and the world.

www.mas.be

 

Psychiatric ex-hospital Paolo Pini

The area of ​​the former Psychiatric Hospital Paolo Pini was built in the thirties and early sixties housed about 1,200 inmates. With the closing of the psychiatric hospital in 1999, the former Paolo Pini today constitutes an important resource territorial, environmental and planning that covers an area of ​​nearly 300,000 square meters. The multi-sectoral projects that conversion of Paolo Pini have matured in recent years has led to tangible results and recognized social inclusion and local development. In particular, the combination of cultural projects, participatory, rehabilitative and aggregation (free vegetable garden, painting workshops, theater workshops, sports, children’s shows) with social enterprise projects oriented to the implementation of the public places (bars, restaurant, catering , hostel, theater, festivals) has created interesting elements of urban regeneration. Today they are active in the area of ​​Paolo Pini the following organizations: ASL Milan, Hospital Niguarda Ca ‘Granda, Milan Province, Scholastic Institute Lagrange, Agricultural Technical Institute Pareto, The Fabric of Social Cooperative Olinda, Olinda Association, Association of The Garden Aromas, Association Arca, Azzurra Cooperativa Sociale, Nucleus ACLI, Arci Grossoni, Banda d’Affori, Sports Club afforese.

Events in Milan

Through a combination of artistic exploration and collaborative research, “Caliban’s Cave” seeked to situate the very notion of “ghetto” within a double perspective:
- “Ghetto” as designating modern-day Milan and its surrounding suburbs. in interviews and artistic experiments undertaken by the hanks to the interviews and artistic elaborations made by the Teatro degli Incontri team in the viale Sarca and via Gola neighbourhoods,
- Milanese “ghettos” in historical perspective. This axis of reflection aims to unearth the specific historical and symbolic role that the ex-psychiatric hospital Paolo Pini has played both in reinforcing and in overturning dominant conceptions of marginality in Milan. In particular, this conceptual axis identifies the practical evolution of the Paolo Pini hospital from a place of restraint and isolation into one of sociocultural integration and creative expression.
All research activities and artistic workshops opened to both Italian nationals and non-national participants. Working together, participants took  part in the theatre workshops, developing the installation, elaborating performance texts, composing and recording music, and constructing the installation scenography.

More information about project in Milan

The City Ghettos of Today entailed a series of workshops opened to local communities in different European cities – Warsaw, Paris, Bologna, Milan, Helsinki, Berlin and Antwerp. Run by artists and cultural actors, each workshop installment concluded with an art installation and public debate on the project’s themes in each of the cities listed above. This European collaboration  concluded in Warsaw in January 2015 with a large-scale installation-performance and debate that will brought together materials culled from each of the participating city workshops. The project united artists, cultural actors, academics and social workers in order to explored the broad themes of “ghetto” and “districts of migration” in participating European cities. The City Ghettos of Today reflected the interdisciplinary dimension of the Strefa WolnoSlowa foundation, which crosses academic and theoretical methodologies with practices of artistic and cultural creation. Through artistic reflection and intellectual research, this collaborative project seeked to unravel the complex and problematical theme of “migrant ghettos” in contemporary Europe, paying particular attention to various definitions and visions of ghettos within the contexts of Warsaw, Paris, Bologna, Helsinki, Milan, Berlin and Antwerp.

Olinda Association

Olinda is a voluntary association, created with the aim to close and transform a large psychiatric hospital in the northern suburbs of Milan. Social entrepreneurship, welfare, and cultural activities have changed the area into a laboratory of social, urban, and human innovation for disadvantagedpeople as well as for citizens of the metropolitan area. Olinda started a social enterprise in an effort to combine services for the city with those for disadvantaged people. Olinda used conflicts within and outside the organization to advance public discourse and raise visibility regarding their decisions and actions. Olinda shows the role of outsiders with new ideas, skills, and social capital and how bringing different types of people together can generate new insights and developments.  Sociability and cultural productions can be a turning point in building a shared interest in innovative action, especially in promoting intercultural activities with second generation migrants.

www.olinda.org

TeatroLaCucina / Olinda

All workshops, installation and final performance “Caliban’s Cave” in the range of the project took place in the TeatroLaCucina.

www.olinda.org

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English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center

English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center is the German capital’s only producing and presenting organization in the Hauptstadt expressly dedicated to English, the 21st century lingua franca, as the working language.

Our year-round programming comprises the Producing Series – Made in Berlin (in-house productions), the Presenting Series (selected international productions and work from Berlin’s independent performing arts community), as well as our Performing Series(concerts, comedy and more from Berlin’s English performing arts community) andPedagogy Series (cultural and drama education). We are a proud member of Berlin’s freie Szene, the independent performing arts community, and are currently developing platforms to share our work within Germany and abroad.

We consciously use theater and performance as living, discursive forms to bring artists and audiences into conversation with each other about our shared city and the greater world we live in.

English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center receives funding from Regierender Bürgermeister von Berlin, Staatskanzlei für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.

Our 2014 project 25 Jahre Mauerfall or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Ossis/Wessis is generously funded by the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin.

Audio from the project:

 

 

Project in Warsaw in 2014

“Miranda gazes upon the sea” situated “The City Chettos of Today” in a Polish environment, using artistic exploration as a means of exploring the multiple meanings that the term “ghetto” evokes in the context of contemporary Warsaw. Over the course of the event, participants and members of the public had the opportunity to took part in the numerous theatre, music, sound design and video workshops that make up the programme. Led by members of the project team in collaboration with the State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw as well as with the Refugee Centre in the Targowek district, this dimension of the project placed the voices of refugees and migrants at the heart of this process of artistic discovery. By conducting interviews and artistic workshops in groups, “Miranda gazes upon the sea” created a space in which to reflect upon the presence of immigrant minorities in Warsaw: do these immigrant populations form inaccessible enclaves? Or, on the contrary, do they form relationships with Polish nationals easily? This project also considered how Polish populations see foreigners and examined their reactions to the presence of migrant communities in Warsaw. As such, events taking place during the first stage of this residency equally provide d a space in which both Ukranian and Vietnamese, immigrants, minorities and refugee populations living in Warsaw was able to add their voices to this debate, namely, through participatory artistic workshops.

Additionally, artists from the artistic team of the project met a journalist and activist, Jan Gebert. The meeting enriched the project research by addressing topics concerning the Jewish community living in modern and pre-war Warsaw.

Combining theatre, visual arts and music, the workshop’s crowning moment were an interactive installation entitled “Miranda gazes upon the sea,” which took place on 17 May at the State Ethnographical Museum as part of The Night of Museums.

The Warsaw-based part of the project is organised in cooperation with The State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw, the Sociology Institute of the Warsaw University, Foundation for Development “Beyond Borders”, Foundation ‘Ocalenie’, Heinrich Boll Foundation and is co-funded by the European Commissione, the Europe for Citizens programme and by the Evens Foundation.

Antwerp info

These areas like ‘2060’ in Antwerp already have a very diverse population of different nationalities living there for some years or for generations. The newcomers seem to find their way to these areas relatively easy. Here there is a specific dynamic and solidarity among the newcomers and between the newcomers and the people of the neighbourhood. Not only newcomers and immigrants are populating these areas, also young Belgians start a family here because of the cheaper house prices and the attraction of living in diversity. The city government has been investing in these areas. By building a new library, a park and investing in housing the city has tried to improve the quality of live in these areas. Cultural organisations are also drawn to these areas because of the dynamics. By locating their cultural houses and starting up projects, cultural organisation hope to learn from these different nationalities and enhance cultural live in these areas.
We will use the stories and experiences of these arrival areas to examine the concept of ghettos. Are these areas the ghettos of today or are they something completely different?

kunstZ

kunstZ is a community art organisation focused on employing, engaging and training minorities of Antwerp into the cultural field. Together with the participants kunstZ produces theatre and performances. KunstZ is also a platform for the participants to find employment in the cultural field of Antwerp and Flanders. Last but not least KunstZ has an academy, a theatre-training program for immigrants and foreign-speaking newcomers. It will be the students of the academy who will participate in the “City Ghettos of Today” project.

www.kunstz.be

MAS museum

The MAS Museum aan de Stroom

The MAS is a ground-breaking museum that tells the story of the people, the past, present and future of the city of Antwerp and the world.

The MAS | Museum aan de Stroom – a landmark on the boundary between the city and the port – is a ground-breaking museum that tells the story of people with diverse mentalities who came from a multitude of backgrounds.
The MAS is for those who are curious about the past, present and future of the city of Antwerp and the world. It is a museum for those who want to know more about Antwerp’s place, and their own, in the world.
The MAS is a cultural heritage forum that works with various collections and methodologies. It is developing a diverse intramural and extramural programme, the common theme of which involves stories of the river, the city, the port and the world.
The MAS works with the public, experts and other partners on both national and international levels. It ensures maximum accessibility and involvement of the general public.

www.mas.be

Spotlight on the Installation Performance “Uninhabited Island”

Both the installation and the performance had been created by the City Ghettos of Today’s workshop participants which, in turn,  led by the international artistic team:

Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna) direction and dramaturgy
Gabriele Silva (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna) scenography
Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw) direction
Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paris) actors training and dramaturgy
Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw) playwright
Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki) video artist
Alejandro Olarte (University of Arts of Helsinki – Center for Music and Technology) music and sound design
Daniel Brunet (English Theatre Berlin | IPAC)
Elena Basteri, Christian, Willhelm and Johannes Kup (OnElf Theatre and Performance Collective)
Mehmet Ballikaya (Tanz der Kulturen)

The results of this collective undertaking was presented on Thursday, November 13 at 8:00 pm at English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center.

Debate: “Gentrification? It’ s the Art, Stupid!”

Moderated by sociologist Baris Ulker of Technical University Berlin, Center for Metropolitan Studies, artists, activists and academics  discussed Berlin, gentrification, social and urban change as well as the role of the artist as both catalyst of gentrification and as producer of alternative spaces and counter narratives of the urban and social environment.

Participants: Baris Ülker (Technische Universität Berlin, Center for Metropolitan Studies), Elena Basteri (OnElf Theater and Performance Collective Berlin), Piotr  Bystrianin ( Foundation “Ocalenie”, Warsaw), Daniel Brunet (English Theatre Berlin | IPAC), copy & waste (Artist Collective), Michelle Teran (visual artist), Lucile Gemaehling (European Alternatives), Helga Dressel (Haus der 28 Türen).

Artistic Workshops: Creating “Uninhabited Island”

Beginning on November 4, the international artistic team of “The City Ghettos of Today” from Poland, Italy, Finland and France together with the local partners English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts and OnElf Theater and Performance Collective invited an heterogeneous group of participants based in Berlin, old and new Berliners, from Germany and from beyond, to work and reflect on the changing living and social conditions in the city. Starting from the stories and biography of the participants as a representative “sample” of contemporary Berliners and in a provocative relation with one another, a collective, controversial and complex portrait of the city  created and strategies and desires for a common future had been rehearsed.

Workshops will be led an artistic project team consisting of: Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Gabriele Silva (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Daniel Brunet (English Theatre Berlin | IPAC), Elena Basteri, Christian Willhelm and Johannes Kup (OnElf Theatre and Performance Collective), Mehmet Ballikaya (Tanz der Kulturen), Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paris), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (University of Arts of Helsinki – Center for Music and Technology)

 

Performance and installation “Caliban’s cave”

Similar to a journey, spectators had been encouraged to explore the real and literary islands to which the “savage” Caliban has been confined in an attempt to investigate those factors that contribute to the production of stigma and “otherness”.

 

Both the installation and the performance were created by the City Ghettos of Today’s workshop participants which, in turn,  led by the international artistic team:
Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna) direction and dramaturgy
Silvia Baldini (Teatro degli Incontri) direction and dramaturgy
Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), direction
Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paris), actors training and dramaturgy
Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), playwright
Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), video artist
Alejandro Olarte (University of Arts of Helsinki – Center for Music and Technology), music and sound design

 

Artistic workshops “Creating Caliban’s Cave”

A group of the international artists coordinated by Pietro Floridia were leading workshop participants in the creation of texts, dramatic scenes, choreography, videos and sounds based on the Shakespearean text that is arguably the most appropriate a collective reflection on encounters and conflicts between different cultures: “The Tempest”. Once king of the island before the arrival of Prospero and Miranda reduced his status to that of a slave, Caliban served as the focal point for these collective workshops. In this optic, Caliban’s cave was both a ghetto to which the marginalised were banished and an inclusive “outsider” space that could filled – as can the island – with whispers, sweet noises and harmonies that only a “monster” such as Caliban can discern.

Workshops led by the artistic team of the project:
Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna) direction and dramaturgy.
Silvia Baldini (Teatro degli Incontri) direction and dramaturgy.
Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), direction
Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paris), actors training and dramaturgy
Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), playwright
Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), video artist
Alejandro Olarte (University of Arts of Helsinki – Center for Music and Technology), music and sound design

 

Cortile del Pozzo di Palazzo D’Accursio

Palazzo d’Accursio is located on the Piazza Maggiore and there is the city’s Town Hall of Bologna.
During the City Ghettos project in Bologna in June-July 2014 it was the place of creative workshops, installation and final performance “The island is full of noises”.

 

Audio recording from music workshops

 

 

The City Ghettos of Today in Bologna

The City Ghettos of Today entails a series of workshops open to local communities in different European cities – Warsaw, Paris, Bologna, Milan, Helsinki, Berlin and Antwerp. Run by artists and cultural actors, each workshop installment will conclude with an art installation and public debate on the project’s themes in each of the cities listed above. This European collaboration will conclude in Warsaw in January 2015 with a large-scale installation-performance and debate that will bring together materials culled from each of the participating city workshops. The project unites artists, cultural actors, academics and social workers in order to explore the broad themes of “ghetto” and “districts of migration” in participating European cities. The City Ghettos of Today reflects the interdisciplinary dimension of the Strefa WolnoSlowa foundation, which crosses academic and theoretical methodologies with practices of artistic and cultural creation. Through artistic reflection and intellectual research, this collaborative project seeks to unravel the complex and problematical theme of “migrant ghettos” in contemporary Europe, paying particular attention to various definitions and visions of ghettos within the contexts of Warsaw, Paris, Bologna, Milan, Helsinki, Berlin and Antwerp.

 

Final performance “The Island is Full of Noises”

“This Island is Full of Noises” says Caliban, from “The Tempest”. Starting from this line and the conflict between Prospero and Caliban for mastering the island, we will explore the island not merely as a place of exile, a narrow camp where coexistence becomes forced and builds up to oppression but as a safe place too, where one can have a chance to create a different organization of the world, more people oriented, where political action has less need of mediation and it becomes possible to sense the mark of our action. The outcome will be an itinerant performance, with a strong physical component and moments of interaction with the audience.

Artistic Director: Pietro Floridia

An installation and performance are created by the City Ghettos of Today’s workshop participants led by the international artistic team: Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna) direction and drammaturgy, Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), direction, Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paris), actors training and the drammaturgical research, Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), drammaturgy, Sebastian Klim (Theater Institute, Warsaw), light design, Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), video art, video projection, Alejandro Olarte (University of Arts of Helsinki – Center for Music and Technology), music and sound design, Viviana Salvati (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), drammaturgy, Luana Pavani (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), scenography, Yulia Vorontsova (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), choreography.

 

 

Multimedia installation “The Island is Full of Noises”

The installation “The Island Full of Noises” consists of 14 black, three meters high, pipes containing videos, audio clips, sculptures and performances by actors and dancers. These contents originate from a research, led in a variety of European cities through interviews and workshops, aiming at the examination and deconstruction of the “ghetto” as a tool and its comparison with other forms of encampment for migrants and minorities. In Bologna the focus is the condition of the political refugees and the various forms of detention found on their path.

Multicultural artistic workshops: “Creating the Island is Full of Noises”

Every day, from 30 June until 5 July, from 6 to 8 p.m., the wonderful “Cortile del Pozzo” will transform into a forge of common artistic practices, a multimedia installation, an open market for story-trading, a big atelier where to contribute to theatre, dance, writing and video making workshop.

A team of international artists, led by Pietro Floridia, will take the participants into the creation of theatrical texts, scenes, choreographies, videos, starting from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, the most apt, amongst the Bard’s plays, to enable a reflection upon the encounter of different cultures.
The masterpiece will be connected to key words and concepts as ghetto, colonization, education, stigma. The results will be shown within the big performance “An island full of noises”, which will take place at the end of the workshop.

The participants will work at the comparison between the “Tempest’s” plots and characters and a score of testimonies, reflections and papers which investigate the working principles of tools as champ, stigma, isolation and violence of language. The creative output will be elaborated trough different languages creating scenes, texts, choreographies, video, that will merge into itinerant paths towards the final performance.

Workshops led by the artistic team of the project:
Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna) direction and drammaturgy
Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), direction
Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paris), actors training and the drammaturgical research
Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), drammaturgy
Sebastian Klim (Theater Institute, Warsaw), light design
Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), video art, video projection
Alejandro Olarte (University of Arts of Helsinki – Center for Music and Technology), music and sound design
Viviana Salvati (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), drammaturgy
Luana Pavani (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), scenography
Yulia Vorontsova (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), choreography

In collaboration with Cantieri Meticci team.

“Within and across the border: a theatrical journey”

This one-day workshop explores the camp as government technology in the domain of migration control. Using theater as a method of conceptual deconstruction and reconstruction, it aims to stage and unravel the encampment of migrating subjects (through refugee camps, border archipelagos as well as various forms of detention) as a key strategy in the implementation of territorial sovereignty across country borders. The Bologna workshop will be led by a team of lecturers, artists and refugees involved in a crosscutting cultural project, which seeks to unravel the complex geography of “migrant spaces” in Europe’s modern metropolises. Furthermore it inaugurates a two-week theater and research project on the theme of contemporary migrant spaces of Bologna.
The workshop will be held in Italian, with English and French translation. It includes a teacher-led part and a second part which will require the creation of small groups among the participants in order to create theatrical games to facilitate the comprehension of the contents of the first part. Both parts will be conducted under the researchers and artists’ supervision.

Programme:
9.30-13.00: The Camp As Political Form – concepts and theatrical expression

speakers:
Timothy Raeymaekers (University of Zurich),
Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna)
with the participation of:
Riza Baris Ulker (Berlin),
Cecilia Deserti (Bologna)
Louise Ysolt Glassier (Milan),
Rachel Shapiro (Paris).

Follows the creative workshops leaded by Pietro Floridia with collaboration of Cantieri Meticci team.

14.30-18.00: Navigating The Borderscape

speakers:
Barbara Pinelli (University of Milano-Bicocca)
with the participation of:
Riza Baris Ulker (Berlin),
Cecilia Deserti (Bologna)
Louise Ysolt Glassier (Milan),
Rachel Shapiro (Paris).

Follows the creative workshops leaded by Pietro Floridia in collaboration with Cantieri Meticci team.

“What is your ID?”

“What is your ID?” is a workshop for youngsters and adults which focuses on European values, inspired by the film “I am Europe” by Jef and Margot Vingerhoedt, produced by the Evens Foundation. The film sets the mood with regards to how Europeans think and by which set of values they act. The workshop “What’s your ID?” takes these quotes and examples as a starting point and endeavours to dig deeper. Do we have a set of values in Europe which everyone shares? If so, do we all have the same interpretation of these values? Is the European Union a union based on values? The workshop does not hold the answers to the questions posed. It allows participants to reflect on European values based on concrete examples, situations and on their own experiences. The workshop is offered free of charge to all groups wanting to reflect on the theme of ‘European values’. The ultimate goal is for citizens across Europe to make use of the workshop “What’s your ID?”. The Evens Foundation and Ryckevelde vzw hold all copyrights.

Find out more on http://www.evensfoundation.be/en/programs/european-citizenship/whats-your-id

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The prison in Służew area in Warsaw

On 9th of May the artistic team of the project vistited the prisoners. It was an inspiration for discussions regarding questions of isolation, closure and personal development whilst in seclusion.  Underpinning these workshops was the desire to uncover and develop creative means for survival, taking initiative and finding the inspiration to create and to rebuild in whatever space one occupies.

Audio recording from artists visit in the Prison in Służew area in Warsaw, May 2014

“Miranda gazes upon the sea”

An installation created by the “City Ghettos of Today’s” Warsaw-based workshop participants leaded by the international artistic team: Alicja Borkowska (theatre), Linda Fahssis (theatre), Walter Fondo (theatre), Tomasz Gromadka (text), Sebastian Klim (lights), Piotr Mikuć (video), Ioanna Neofytou (stage design), Marek Płuciennik (video), Alejandro Olarte (sound and music).

 

 

Miranda was only a child when she debarked on the island with her father, Prospero. She remembers little of her life before then, knowing only that they arrived by sea. A solitary child, she spent her youth playing alone and watching the sea, day in and day out. Over time, as she grew into the island’s sole woman, she would come to know only two things: the island and the sea that separated her from the rest of the world. Then one day, out of this dark sea of the unknown, a Stranger arrived on the island. And it is upon this island that we rejoin Miranda on her journey. The island, our island, this circle of the familiar, surrounded by a deep and inscrutable sea; a sea that separates us from a world. And from this world, a Stranger arrives carrying with him all of the desires, the fears, and the ghosts that are wont to will themselves into existence during long days spent gazing upon the sea.

Pietro Floridia, Artistic Director of the project

This event is free. Number of space is limited, so please reserve a place at: w.chinowska@strefawolnoslowa.pl

Debate: “Eat, work, sleep: Do immigrants and refugees need art?”

Involving artists, cultural practitioners and researchers from around the world (Italy, Poland, Germany, France, Finland and Colombia), this debate was query whether art is an effective means of facilitating integration processes for foreigners residing in Europe. This examination adopted a trans-European perspective, with each participant addressing questions relating to immigrant, refugee and minority communities in function of the contextual realities of their own countries. Interdisciplinary in scope, this debate  invited participation from researchers in sociology and ethnography along with artists, cultural practitioners and workshop participants.

Participants: Elena Basteri (Onelf Theater Company, Berlin), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Cecilia Deserti (Cantieri Metticci, Bolonia), Linda Fahssis (theatrical activities), Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Walter Fondo (Pakunet, Helsinki), Louise Glassier (Milan), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Eveliina Heinonen (National Theatre, Helsinki), Joanna Krawczyk (Evens Foundation), Alejandro Olarte (indipendent artist, Helsinki), Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Aleksander Robotycki (The State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw), Rachel Shapiro (Cie Check Points, Paris), Renata Włoch (Sociology Institute of Warsaw University).

 

Spotlight on the Installation

Members of the public that were interested in taking part in the project during the Night of the Museums were invited to participate in a special workshop several hours before the installation performances. This was a perfect occasion to enjoy a sneak peak of the performance, to have discussions with project artists and researchers and to learn more about their artistic working methods and the many migrant stories collected during the project in Warsaw.

Workshop led by: Elena Basteri (Onelf Theater Company, Berlin), Dagna Dąbrowiecka (Warsaw), Cecilia Deserti (Cantieri Metticci, Bolonia), Louise Glassier (Mediolan), Eveliina Heinonen (National Theatre, Helsinki), Aleksander Robotycki (The State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw), Rachel Shapiro (Cie Check Points, Paryż), Renata Włoch (Sociology Institute of the Warsaw University).

This event is free. Number of space is limited, so please reserve a place at: w.chinowska@strefawolnoslowa.pl

1. Multicultural artistic workshops: Creating “Miranda Gazes upon the Sea”

From 9 April onward, Strefa WolnoSłowa invited Polish nationals and foreigners to took part in creative workshops at The State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw. A Polish-based extension of the European “City Ghettos of Today” project, these interdisciplinary workshops combined the art of the interview and multiform artistic practices with discussions about the presence of immigrants in Warsaw.

Artists from Italy, France and Finland led the workshops programme together with the Strefa WolnoSłowa team. This phase in the project focused on “repurposing” gathered material through art, and used theatre, video and sound design to translate the histories, interviews and material derived from “The Tempest” that  emerged over the course of the introductory workshop sessions. During this phase of the project, artists were working with participants to create the final performance-installation through a combination of improvisational exercises, sound making activities, videographical exercises and creative writing.

Combining theatre, visual arts and music, the workshop’s crowning moment  were an interactive installation entitled “Miranda gazes upon the sea”, which took place on 17 May at the State Ethnographical Museum as part of The Night of Museums .

Workshops led by an artistic group of the project: Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paris), Walter Fondo (Pakunet, Helsinki), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Piotr Mikuć (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (independent artist, Helsinki)

 

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Adam Mickiewicz Institute

The Adam Mickiewicz Institute has been telling the world about Poland for over a decade. During this time the Institute carried out promotional projects in 26 countries on 3 continents. Over 4000 cultural events were seen by more than 40 000 000 viewers. The Institute promotes Polish culture abroad and co-operates with other countries. It has shown both Poland’s heritage and contemporary accomplishments in culture. It has been organising presentations of projects made by foreign partners in Poland. What’s more the Adam Mickiewicz Institute initiated and is actively participating in the ongoing debate about culture’s economic potential and international cultural exchange.

The Institute carries out international projects which communicate Poland’s positive image; their duration ranges from a couple of weeks to several months. The aim is to create and sustain the image of Poland as the heart of Europe’s culture. The projects comprise exhibitions, theatre plays, classical and contemporary music concerts, as well as film screenings, dance performances and projects for children. The programmes are created in close collaboration with our foreign partners which include artists, curators, culture managers and journalists.

http://iam.pl/en

helinamuseo

Helinä Rautavaara Museum

Helinä Rautavaara Museum is maintained by the Helinä Rautavaara Ethnographic Museum Foundation, an independent charity. It seeks to advance knowledge on non-European cultures. The museum specialises particularly in cross-cultural interaction and related phenomena and is actively involved in projects related to global education and cultural diversity. Helinä Rautavaara Museum is the most visited ethnographic museum in Finland with 50 000 annual visitors. In 2008 the museum was a nominee for the European Museum of the Year Award.

The museum has conducted a series of succesful outreach programs and community curated exhibitions with vulnerable groups like young immigrants, juvenile asylum seekers, illiterate immigrant women and hiv-positive people . At the moment the museum is involved with first large scale exhibition project concerning the life and traditions of Somalia immigrants in Finland.

www.helinamuseo.fi

socjologia

Sociology Institute of the Warsaw University

The Institute of Sociology is substantive partner in the project. The Institute provides information, knowledge, and analytical tools for the implementation of the project. It improves the process of gathering materials focused on the problem of migrant ghettos in Europe, which will be used during the research part of the project as well as during the art workshops. The staff of the Institute is actively involved at the preparatory period in the research conducted in the Warsaw districts with a large migrant concentration and will co-organise and co-coordinate the debate part of the project in Warsaw as well as participate in some of the international events in other cities.

www.is.uw.edu.pl

ITC Teatro/Teatro dell’Argine

ITC Teatro/Teatro dell’Argine was one of the responsible for the organization of the kick-off meeting of the project, as well as will take part of the realization of the workshop, debate, and installation in Bologna. TdA provided a space for the planned events in october in Bologna and  uses its network of local contacts with NGOs, public institutions, and media to ensure the positive impact of the project on a Bologna and the Emilia-Romagna territory. TdA has been working with migrants and refugees for 8 years now involving the migrant communities in theatre projects so it will guarantee a large participation of migrants in the events in Bologna. Pietro Floridia – artistic director of the theatre – is involved as a artistic director of the project leading the group of artists in conduction of the workshops in the cities and directing the installation/performance in range of the project.

 

Research workshop in Beyond Borders Foundation

From the end of September 2013 goes on the meetings of research workshops in former venue of the Beyond Borders Foundation at Górskiego 3/17 Street.  The participants visit and interview the rappresentatives of the cultural and religion minorities living in Warsaw, as well as they will get to know Warsaw in the eyes of foreigners living in the capital. They collect materials – interviews, photographic, videos – which will be used in the performance and become an inspiration to work with international artists during the creative workshops in May and December in the National Ethnographic Museum.

Université Paris 8

To this day, Université Paris 8 has always insisted on maintaining a strong link between research and teaching, adapting teaching methods to different kinds of audiences, and providing education for all at every stage of life. In the presented project Paris 8 will share with partners the quality of the faculty and students, the interdisciplinary nature of the classes and research, the fact that it is open to the modern world, and the involvement with the local social, economic, cultural and professional environments. The staff and students will be actively involved at all stages of the project from communication and promotion at the national level to participation in workshop, installation, and debate in Paris. It will also delegate staff to some of the international debates. Additionally it will co-curate and co-organise the Paris debate during the project as well as we will delegate members of the staff to research the “city ghettos of today” in Paris area.

…read more about project in Helsinki

Projektin Helsingin osuus

Helsingin osuus euroooppalaisesta City Ghettos of today –projektista kutsuu yhdistyksiä ja kulttuurilaitoksia sekä yksittäisiä toimijoita taiteen, teatterin, kulttuurienvälisen kansalaistyhteiskunnan alueelta rakentamaan yhdessä merkityksellisiä kokemuksia ghetto-käsitteeseen liittyen. Kysymme ihmisten omien kokemusten kautta, onko olemassa alueellisia ja konkreettisia tai näkymättömiä ja aineettomia muureja, jotka erottavat ihmisryhmiä toisistaan ja jos niin on, miksi, milloin ja miten nämä muurit ilmenevät Helsingissä. Entä miten kaupunkimme tilanne suhtautuu muihin eurooppalaisiin kaupunkeihin?

Prosessin lopputulokset esitetään syyskuussa 2014 viikoilla 37 ja 38 Helsingissä installaationa kahdessa tilassa, kulttuurikeskus Stoassa Itäkeskuksessa ja kauppakeskus Forumissa kaupungin keskustassa. Näiden 12 päivän ajan kollektiivinen työskentely jatkuu kansainvälisen taiteilijaryhmän ohjauksessa, jonka jäsenet tulevat projektin yhteistyökaupungeista Varsovasta, Bolognasta, Milanosta, Pariisista ja Berliinistä. Avoimissa keskusteluissa esitellään myös muita tämän hetken moninaista kaupunkitodellisuutta heijastavia tapausesimerkkejä taiteen ja tutkimuksen alueelta.

Kulttuurienvälinen, monialainen suunnitteluryhmämme koostuu ihmisistä, joilla on erilaisia kokemuksia ja taitoja ja utelias, kriittinen ja yhteistyöhaluinen asenne. Kokeilemme, miten teatterin, videon ja äänitaiteen keinot vaikuttavat kokemusten jakamiseen, kuuntelemiseen ja kertomiseen. Miten meidän kaupunkimme tarinat, äänet ja kuvat monimuotoistuvista alueista, niiden kaduista ja ihmisistä muistuttavat toisien kaupunkien tarinoita? Taiteen hahmotamme aktiivisen kansalaisuuden työkaluksi ja tavoitteeksi, joka parhaimmillaan mahdollistaa odottamattomia kohtaamisia, sanatonta ymmärrystä ja kokonaisen olemisen hetkiä.

 

…Leggi di più

Il Teatro dell’Argine, la Compagnia dei Rifugiati e l’associazione Sopra i Ponti costituiscono il nucleo di sviluppo delle attività e riflessioni connesse ai temi del progetto a Bologna. Composta da circa cinquanta attori di più di quindici nazionalità differenti, è un gruppo aperto di migranti e studenti. A partire da fine ottobre, nella cornice dei laboratori settimanali, i membri della Compagnia, diretti da Pietro Floridia, hanno iniziato un percorso che porterà alla messa in scena di due spettacoli  nell’ambito della tappa estiva bolognese del progetto.

Le riflessioni scaturite  dalle altre tappe del progetto e dal lavoro portato avanti nelle altre città, verranno man mano incorporate nelle attività della Compagnia, in un rapporto di dialogo continuo.

…READ MORE ABOUT PROJECT IN BOLOGNA

The Teatro dell’Argine, The Refugees Company and the Sopra i Ponti Association are the core team of development of the project in Bologna. Refugees Company composed by about fifty actors from more than fifteen different nationalities, is an open group of migrants and students. From the end of October, in weekly workshops, the members, directed by Pietro Floridia, began a path that will bring to two performances for the meeting of the project in Bologna the next summer.

The reflections originated by the other phases and groups of “The City Ghettoes of Today” project will be incorporated in the work of the Company, in a process of continuous dialogue between the involved cities.

…read more about the project in Warsaw

The intercultural groups working during the year on the theater projects of Strefa WolnoSłowa were actively involved in a research and artistic part of the Warsaw events. The exploration of the city from the migrant point of view was concentrated, among others, on the Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Belorussian and Russian communities.

 

humak

HUMAK University of Applied Sciences

The Degree Programme in Cultural Management at HUMAK University of Applied Sciences offers courses in the field of arts and cultural administration. In teaching HUMAK highlights the role of civic society and attempts to activate the students to become active citizens. This project gives students and teachers an opportunity to participate in an arts project with similar aims in an international environment.

 

The role of the organisation in the project
HUMAK is based in the Helsinki area and will be active in organising the workshop, installation, and debate in Helsinki. The students in cultural management will be actively involved in the project especially in the fields of coordination and communication and they will participate in the workshop and debate.

www.humak.fi

artcentrefinland

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland is an expert agency under the Ministry of Education and Culture. It continues the activities of the Arts Council of Finland, which was founded in 1968. Its task is to promote the arts on both the national and international levels, as well as to promote aspects of culture that are not covered by any other official body.

Regional artists work for the good of professional and amateur artists in their local area, carry out project and facilitate forming projects of others. Their work is one of the regional arts councils’ most visible forms of art promotion. Regional artists work in different fields of the art and as producers of art.

The project partnership of City Ghettos of Today in Arts Promotion Centre Finland is carried out by regional artist on cultural diversity, Outi Korhonen. At Arts Promotion Centre she offers counselling and networking services for transcultural artists to fund and implement their project plans and also participates in forming projects related to the increasing cultural diversity in the Finnish art scene.

 

www.taike.fi

…mehr über das Projekt

“The City Ghetto of Today” wird in Berlin im Herbst 2014 in Zusammenarbeit mit European Alternatives Berlin und dem Theaterkollektiv OnElf passieren. Hauptanliegen des Projektes hier ist die Auseinandersetzung mit dem Thema „Ghetto heutzutage“ anhand von aktuellen sozialen und städtischen Phänomenen.  Dazu zählt z.B. die Gentrifiezierung von ehemaligen armen Bezirken und die damit verbundene Verdrängung der Bewohner oder die zunehmende Welle von Flüchtlingen, die durch Protestaktionen in dem öffentlichen Raum eine große Aufmerksamkeit gewonnen haben.

Anhand von Geschichten, Bewegungen und Spuren in der Stadt von Menschen, die direkt von diesem Phänomenen betroffen sind,  ”The City Ghetto of Today” zielt darauf, eine dynamische und lebendige “Map” von Berlin zu trassieren, das das Verhältnis zwischen Zentrum und Peripherie sowie zwischen neuen und alten „Ghettos“ erforscht. Ein der Hauptanliegen des Projektes ist somit den Begriff Ghetto aus einer zeitgenössischen Perspektive zu hinterfragen.

OnElf

The theater and performance collective OnElf has been founded in summer 2011 in Berlin.

The main interest of the group is to deal with current political and social issues with a site-specific approach, mainly through the participation of “local guests”. It is through their biographies and (true or invented) stories that a new reality is produced.

Among their last projects: “Nikolandia. A fairytale expedition in the unknown Mitte” (Transeuropa Festival, Berlin 2013), “Heimat Asyl” (Festival 48 Neukölln, Berlin 2012).

www.onelfjo.blogspot.com

National Theatre of Finland

National Theatre of Finland cooperates with the City Ghettos of Today –project especially related to a project of the theatre called Reittejä Kontulaan – Routes to Kontula. The participants of the project will have a possibility to continue with different art and theatre activities in the City Ghettos of Today -project. In Reittejä Kontulaan a theatre play is created based on history and actuality of the citizens in Kontula Region in cooperation with the theatre professionals of the National Theatre and citizens living in Kontula, which is one of the culturally diverse areas in Eastern Helsinki. At the moment this area is living an interesting period of cultural. The artistic director of the project is Eveliina Heinonen who partipates in the planning team of the national project. http://reittejakontulaan.blogspot.fi. National Theatre offers also space for the project´s public debate in Lavaklubi,located in the basement of the National Theatre.

www.kansallisteatteri.fi

Pacunet

Pacunet Palace and Cultural Network

Pacunet Palace and Cultural Network gathers together an intercultural group of artists and theatre enthusiasts with rich presence of members with African and Asian background. During the year 2014 the organization creates theatre plays that treat themes of ethical conflicts that rise when migrants who come to Finland from culturally distant countries have to rebalance their moral positions between very different cultural values of the countries of origin and Finland. Directed by Walter Fondo, Pacunet opens through theatre also difficult and provocative themes of discussion including practices like circumcision and polygamy.

www.pacunet.fi

ptarmigian

Ptarmigan Helsinki

Ptarmigan is a non-profit initiative to house projects that exist outside of the realm of the traditional. It seeks to provide space for adventurous and challenging scenarios, whether it be performance, visual art, sound, interactive work or other ideas. At the moment, Ptarmigan is functioning as a mobile curatorial project.

Ptarmigan is actively involved in the Ghettos-project through the work of Marek Pluciennik, one of  the assocaition´s board members. Ptarmigan has also the role of administrating the external funding of the project in the national level.

www.ptarmigan.fi

checkpoints

Cie Check Points Paris

Founded in Paris in 2013, Check Ponts is a multidisciplinary theatre company that brings artists and project organisers together in order to create performances that unite professional artistic practice and engaged social action.   company’s first creation, “L-Usine” (“The Factory”) [Oct 2009], directed by Artistic Director Linda Fahssis, enabled company members to experiment with this socially engaged approach to theatrical creation, most notably by exploring themes related to violence and unhealthy power relationships within the workplace.  Since its creation, the company has similarly evolved alongside a close-knit international network of collaborating artists and organisations with whom it has elected to launch its latest creative project, “The City Ghettos of Today”, a European collaborative performance installation that will develop progressively over a two-year period between 2013 and 2015.

In 2013, Check Points also lead an amateur creation project that was supported in large part by the European Commission’s programme Youth in Action, a funding programme that enabled the company to create a European platform for amateur theatre artists that was entitled « Migrating theatre-Varsaw ». This project gave rise to another collaborative creation entitled “Koniec Titanica”, which was performed in Warsaw’s Studio Theatre Koloon 14 April 2013.  Its next incarnation will take place in 2014, when the project will be performed in Paris in collaboration with the Théâtre de l’Aquarium in the Cartoucherie in Vincennes.

In addition to their professional theatre creations, Check Points also actively develops amateur theatre workshops.  However, far from remaining separate from the company’s creative endeavours, these workshops encourage participants to become « co-generators » of the company’s performances.  In this vein, workshop organisers seek to create collaborative works by placing both amateurs and professional artists at the heart of their processes of theatrical research.  Among others, the company leads workshops with refugee communities residing in emergency residences in Pantin, as well as with young adults at the Centre social et culturel la Maison du Bas-Belleville, French-language students of the association AtoutsCours in Paris and high school students in the Paris region in partnership with Cémea in Ile-de-France.

www.checkpoints.fr 

…En savoir plus

Un planning de travail est en cours de finalisation pour une double exploration qui porte sur les phénomènes de ghettoïsation qui occurrent à la Goutte d’Or à Paris et au quartier du Parc à Nanterre. La compagnie convie les participants de ses ateliers annuels (détaillés ci-dessous) à participer au stage mené par l’équipe artistique à la Cité lors de leur résidence ; et elle monte également des partenariats avec d’autres acteurs locaux du 18e arrondissement et du quartier du parc de Nanterre pour multiplier les occasions de rencontres entre l’équipe en résidence et les personnes avec qui le projet prend sens.

 

The State Ethnographic Museum

The State Ethnographic Museum was involved in the anthropological and cultural research of the project identifying the migrant districts most appropriate for the realisation of the project in Warsaw. In the first part of the project in Warsaw in May 2014 The Museum was the place of creative workshops for migrants with the artistic team and final installation and preformance “Miranda gazes upon the sea”.
Final of the City Ghettos of Today will held on January 2015.

Audio recordings from music workshops:

AUDIO FROM THE FINAL – January 2015

…read more about the project in Berlin

Over the course of this, these districts, once the furthest limits of West Berlin and now central districts in the reunified German capital, have been increasingly populated by a new wave of immigrants. These newcomers, primarily from comparatively rich Western countries, active in the creative industries and often using English, not German, as a working language stand in stark contrast both to the pre-war German residents of Kreuzberg and Neukölln as well as the first wave of post-war immigrants, coming primarily from Turkey through a guest worker program established by West Berlin.

How do these distinct groups see themselves today? How do they see each other? Can they even communicate? 25 years after the Fall of the Wall, Berlin is still an island. An island full of existing inhabitants and constantly arriving new inhabitants. An island whose international glamorization and hyping in recent years have radically transformed living conditions in these previously impoverished, primarily migrant districts in the form of unsustainably increasing rental costs. An island that everyone wants to obtain or defend a piece of. The “struggle” for the island had been examined with representatives from these various groups through laboratories and workshops.

…read more about the project in Paris

The programme for this residency embarked upon a double exploration of the problematical concept of « ghettoisation » in two neighbourhoods in the Ile-de-France region: the Goutte d’Or, located within the city limits of Paris in the 18e arrondissement, and the Quartier du Parc, which is located in the northern suburb of Nanterre.  During this exciting event, the company had been soliciting the participation of its many amateur and professional collaborators for an intensive workshop with the City Ghettos of Today’s international artistic team during their residency at the CNHI.  At the same time, Check Points members were equally  working in partnership with other local actors in the 18th arrondissement and in Nanterre’s Quartier du Parc in order to increase opportunities for fruitful encounters between the international artistic team and those participants from whom the project garners its full sense.

Programme of the project in Helsinki

Interdisciplinary artistic workshops: Creating Prosperos’ veils
When: 8.9.-19.9. at 17:30-20 (schedule and / or location changes on 13.9.,16.9. and on performance days 17.9. and 19.9.)
Where: Cultural Centre Stoa
Turunlinnantie 1, Itäkeskus
Helsinki

The process is open for local people, both artists and other people, Finnish and foreign-born. Inscriptions to outi.korhonen@minedu.fi.

The workshop process starts with encounters with individuals from different groups of migrants. Based on these interviews and the pre-work of the local team, audiovisual content is created in the workshops and located in the installation structure formed by different sized tubes. The tube structure also serves as a scenography for the performances that will be created related to the installation.

The parallel workshop contents are modified according to the interests and skills of each participant. All the workshops contribute to concrete outcomes of the installation and/ or performances. The contents include:

-       discussions and dialogues related to the theme (please read the cover)

-       drama exercises, acting and creative writing

-       work with music and sound as elements of the installation space

-       video shooting and creating video contents in experimental drama work

-       performance planning and rehearsing, finishing with two public performances

-       experiments with the technical possibilities of video screenings and sound projections

-       scenography assistance

-       documenting the project

 

 

Workshops are led by the artist team of the project:

Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna)
Luana Pavani (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna)
Amine Lamraoui (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna)
Alicja Borkowska (Strefa Wolnoslowa Foundation, Warsaw)
Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa Wolnoslowa Foundation, Warsaw)
Linda Fahssis (Company Check Points, Paris)
Alejandro Olarte (Centre for Music and Technology, University of Arts, Helsinki)
Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan ry, Helsinki)
Walter Fondo (Pacunet ry)
Eveliina Heinonen (National theatre, audience development)
Roxana Crisólogo (Sivuvalo project of multilingual literature)
Outi Korhonen (Arts Promotion Centre)