Prospero

Shows on tour

  • HUSBANDS

    Rennes - France

    HUSBANDS

    By John Cassavetes Directed by Ivo van Hove

Research events

  • Tampere Colloquium

    FINLAND

    Tampere Colloquium

    Utopia and critical thinking in the creative process
    University of Tampere (Finland)

Schools'Events

Multi-annual cultural co-operation project 2008-2012

Europe - Culture Programme - Education and Culture DG

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PROSPERO, ACT IV, 2011 /2012 SEASON

Being open to European art and culture

In July 2008, the Culture Commission of the European Union opted to support PROSPERO, an ambitious theatre project with a five-year cultural cooperation agreement (2008-2012) drawn up by six establishments:

  • the Théâtre National de Bretagne (Rennes, France) which is running the project
  • the Théâtre de la Place (Liège, Belgium)
  • the Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione (Modena, Italy)
  • the Schaubühne (Berlin, Germany).
  • the Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • the Tutkivan Teatterityön Keskus (Tampere, Finland).

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Prospero, acte IV

Being open to European art and culture

In July 2008, the Culture Commission of the European Union opted to support PROSPERO, an ambitious theatre project with a five-year cultural cooperation agreement  (2008-2012) drawn up by six establishments:

  • the Théâtre National de Bretagne (Rennes, France) which is running the project
  • the Théâtre de la Place (Liège, Belgium)
  • the Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione (Modena, Italy)
  • the Schaubühne (Berlin, Germany).
  • the Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • the Tutkivan Teatterityön Keskus (Tampere, Finland).

Since then, these establishments have been working to develop European creation, establish European research projects and train young actors. They are making the most of a shared cultural space and heritage, helping works and artists become more widely seen, reinforcing intercultural dialogue and promoting the diversity of cultures. Beyond these objectives, they wish to contribute to the emergence of citizenship in a Europe that is free, democratic, social, pacifist, artistic and cultural, as well as being open to other continents.

During the 2011 / 2012 season, PROSPERO will be continuing its activities in three main areas:

1. Developing European creation

In October 2011, there will be the premiere of Contes Africains d'après Shakespeare, following a residence at the Théâtre de la Place in Liège. It will then be performed in the other five cities:

  • Modena 19 and 20 October 2011
  • Lisbon 28 and 29 October 2011
  • Rennes 15 and 16 November 2011
  • Berlin in March 2012
  • Tampere in August 2012

In February 2012, there will be the premiere of Husbands, adapted from John Cassavetes and directed by Ivo van Hove (Netherlands), following a residence at the Théâtre National de Bretagne in Rennes. It will then be performed in the other five cities:

  • Berlin 9 and 10 March 2012
  • Lisbon 16 and 17 March 2012
  • Liège 22 to 24 mars 2012
  • Modena 24 and 25 May 2012
  • Tampere in August 2012

Young directors have also been training alongside established artists, with PROSPERO co-producing their next new work:

  •  Jan-Christoph Gockel, a young artist retained by the Schaubühne, will present his new work in Berlin in autumn 2011 before heading off on tour to Liège and Tampere
  • Riko Saatsi, a young artist selected by Tampere, will be staging Bruce Willis Saves the World in August 2011 in Tampere for the first time, before going on to be performed in October inLiège and in November 2011 in Rennes
  • Gianni Farina, a young artist chosen by Modena, will be staging L'Uomo della Sabbia in October 2011 in Modena, before touring to Liège in October and Rennes in November 2011.

2. Organising European research

The reinforced and reorganised group of twelve researchers will be expanding their work with:

  • the publication in September 2011 of the second edition of PROSPERO EUROPEAN REVIEW – THEATRE AND RESEARCH, a review dedicated to analysis of the European theatre scene
  • preparations for the Theatre versus Audience symposium in Liège in September 2012.

3. Training young actors

This area of our work comprises meetings between teaching teams and exchanges between classes who head off to work in a foreign school for at least a month, immersing themselves in another country, another theatre culture and other teaching methods.

During the 2011 season, students from the Ecole Supérieure d'Acteurs in Liège will be going to Tampere for four weeks, taking a workshop with an artist chosen by PROSPERO. In the spring of 2012, 16 students from the Ecole de Comédiens in Rennes will be travelling to Modena, and from 4 to 30 June 2012 students from the school linked to the Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione will be attending a workshop in Liège led by Galin Stoev.

In existence for two years now, PROSPERO is halfway through its successful journey, and its conclusion is shaping up to be really exciting, full of challenges, research and discoveries.

For more information about the PROSPERO project, visit www.prospero-theatre.com