EMERGENCE. From shared experience to new creativity. Living Heritage/Reframing Memory.

Prague Quadrennial, together with seven partner organizations, launches a new 3-year-long international project dedicated to share European recent and not-so-recent cultural, and inevitably political, heritage.

Prague Quadrennial has joined forces with seven theatre organizations working on the project named “EMERGENCE. From shared experience to new creativity. Living Heritage/Reframing Memory”. The project is focused on performance design in the context of our European heritage, and will bring together a range of “performance creators” to design work that responds to the specific contexts of selected heritage sites, undertaking a program of workshops, masterclasses, artist residencies, site specific performances and exhibitions. This work minds the collective cultural memory of the heritage sites to create powerful audience experiences, showing the heritage in an evolving process of constant re-negotiation of connectivity and relationships in today’s globalized world. The project will also support a development of the next generation of performance creators as the activities are specifically designed to connect young artists with established professionals whilst placing emerging artists at the centre of the work.

Project’s participants will experience atmosphere of places with “porous borders” – from the city of Nicosia divided by a militarized border, through thin frontier zone in-between Ukraine and Russia, to problematic Brexit.

“Through our project we will enhance intercultural dialogue, promoting of shared EU values, and mutual understanding and respect for other cultures. By creating many learning, sharing, and career enhancing opportunities in variety of locations across Europe, including international festivals with large international attendance, we will be both promoting the transnational mobility of young emerging creators and internationalizing their career. In addition the planned internship will put young creators into leading creative and management positions while developing new skills for cultural professionals. Our work with the participating audiences in specific memory sites across Europe will employ new innovative approaches and methodologies emerging from the collaboration of project partners.”, says Markéta Fantová, the Artistic Director of PQ, the project coordinating organization of Emergence.

Partner Organizations:

Arts & Theatre Institute / Prague Quadrennial (Czech Republic), The Victoria & Albert Museum (United Kingdom), IZOLYATSIA (Ukraine), Institut Teatralny (Poland), Cyprus Theatre Organisation/THOC (Cyprus), Norwegian Theatre Academy/Østfold University College (Norway), New Theatre Institute of Latvia (Latvia), and National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Taiwan).

EMERGENCE. From shared experience to new creativity. Living Heritage/Reframing Memory is co-founded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.  Project EMERGENCE represents a great success for Czech Republic. It is the only Czech lasrge-scale cooperation project among 17 from all over Europe selected by Creative Europe.

More info is available about the project at www.emergence.pq.cz.