An Odyssey – theatrical investigation freely based on Homerian motifs
Dramaturgical Concept: Jochen Schölch, Munich
Technical production: Amsterdam ITs: Ellen Tjon A Meeuw
Final-direction in Amsterdam: Theu Boermans
One of the most urgent problems currently facing our society is that of refugees, people who leave their home country for a variety of reasons in search of help, security, and a new start. And most of them come to us because of an idea: the idea of Europe. To this end, the Platform of European Theatre Academies (PLETA) starts a theatrical investigation with the purpose of exploring this question of cultural unity. We do not want to leave this research to sociologists; we are interested in the attitudes of young people who are currently about to join the cultural sphere.
The structure of the theatrical presentation is oriented around Homer’s Odyssee. It is about a journey. It is about not arriving. It is about the longing to get somewhere that promises seclusion and about the constant obstacles and defeats along the way. To come home to Europe is to feel safe and to return to your cultural identity.
Each of the eight theatre academies tackles one of the islands of the Odyssee. They describe archetypal conditions that are present in many human contexts. Europe no longer has a unified culture, but rather an amalgamation of different, strongly distinctive cultures. Part of the work is to bring out the special and unique traits of these cultures.
Many people hope that Europe can be different, especially young people who long for stronger roots. This can only be achieved with a vibrant culture. And when people are conscious of their own culture, they are no longer fearful of foreign cultures, but understand them as enriching.
Coordination: Faculty of Arts Maastricht, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
29 June and 15.30h 20.00h and 20.30h
30 June: 11.00h and 11.30h, 17.00h and 17.30h
The performance consists of 8 stages with a total length of approximately 3 hours, including the relocation to the different stages.
Theatre Academy Maastricht, Zuyd University
The Platform of European Theatre Academies (PLETA) is a platform of international and intercultural co-creation. Nine theatre academies participate in this platform to create new experiences in actually working together as young theatre professionals in Europe.
Every theatre academy has his own position and character in connection with the tradition and actual context of the professional theatre, film and connected disciplines in each country. That is of course a world or those are various worlds to discover for the young theatre professional. But above that, the connection of those traditions and new developments creates an atmosphere of research and innovation that goes beyond national boundaries. In that way the PLETA facilitates young theatre professionals to reach out to their international colleagues and to find out what theatre language and theatre practice suits them for a career in theatre, both in Europe as in the national context.
So I do wish students, teachers, researchers and theatre professionals will use the opportunities PLETA gives to develop and find out their way in the most European of all art forms: theatre!