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Transitions on stage

Inspire to create "transitions"

Make them visible on "stage"

Offer them as educational tools in all domains.

With Efti, cours et jardin and Anazitites Theatrou,
our Belgian, German and Greek partners.

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:Our goals 

Focus on proximity: how can we use theater to solve concrete social and environmental problems in our neighborhood?

Encourage citizens to participate by fostering social links that improve the quality of life for all.

Develop creative local responses to the global environmental, social and sanitary crisis.

Share practices between educators, both within our partnership (our teams, our volunteers) and outside (educators, facilitators, professionals, amateurs and volunteers working with individuals and groups).

Help promote intercultural understanding and diversity in our target groups (professionals of social and cultural work) and their audiences.

Encourage and motivate participants to develop projects at the local level and at the crossroads between theater, local development and civic engagement.

: Our ambition

Create a European laboratory of mixed practices between performing artists,
social workers, educators and engaged citizens.

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Together, let's think about and develop inclusive, friendly and conscious cooperation.

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 ? Transitions

The term “transition” is used to describe social changes towards greater sustainability and resilience.

It involves participatory and collaborative processes in the implementation of these transformations.

Our project is inspired by the “Cities in Transition” movement, initially initiated in the town of Totnes in the United Kingdom by Rob Hopkins, one of the founders of permaculture education. This movement aims to bring citizens together and organize them so that they jointly develop the skills to develop concrete and creative citizen actions.

Now that we additionally face a global health crisis due to COVID 19, there is an urgent need to reflect together on the forms that the transitions could take. More than ever, we need changes in our human systems and institutions, especially at the individual level, in our approaches and behaviors. Knowledge and awareness of global and local problems and their interconnections help motivate people to cooperate together to think about the necessary transformations towards new ways of living, working, producing and consuming. Diversity and multiplicity of cultural approaches are welcome to imagine, exchange, experience transformation processes based on collective and emotional intelligence.

 

  ?Why the theater

As performing artists working in the field of education, we help individuals acquire and develop skills such as creativity, self-confidence, tolerance and caring.

As pointed out by American sociologist Richard Senett, shared rituals are essential for improving social cohesion and for facilitating cooperation within a community.

 

Theater exercises and storytelling bring energy and mobilize people by opening up new possibilities.

 

 

Performing arts practices and exercises allow us to take a meta-position, they invite us to listen and accept multiple points of view.

 

This posture helps to communicate beyond language barriers.

It develops self awareness and relationship with others by relying on non-verbal language: gestures, posture, voice, movements, sensations, emotions, perceptions ....

These concrete networking practices can be adapted to any social situation and with very different groups. .

This helps us to move from confrontation to cooperation and take into account the multiplicity of interests and points of view. By supporting the participation of all in the resolution of our complex problems, we encourage and develop collective intelligence. By exercising critical thinking with others and in the service of all, we facilitate the processes of collective decision making.

Imagination, facilitator of transitions

Theater-based educational methods can help people:

  • manage their desires and fears, needs and frustrations;

  • face their difficulties;

  • understand and express their emotions;

  • improve their concentration skills.

Our activities

In the “Transitions on stage” project, we share local and professional experiences with our European partners and we reflect on the teaching methods that we are developing.

 

The partners

EFTI

EFTI (European Film and Theater Institute) (BE)

EFTI is a research, teaching and production center, which was founded in September 2017 by producers, researchers, teachers, actors and directors united by the same idea. The aim was to create research and teaching modules with an international dimension for theater and cinema, musical theater and opera and to produce innovative theatrical works.

EFTI was created by a group of internationally known artists who had emigrated from Uzbekistan to Belgium in the 90s. Back in Uzbekistan, they became famous for their avant-garde performances, the Saraton Street Theater Festival in Tashkent, and in the dry bed of the Aral Sea. The most important part of their theater of action was devoted to the Aral Sea, with the support and participation of Emma Thompson, Erland Josephson and Annie Girardot.

 

EFTI courses and modules bring together between 200 and 300 students annually. ETFI is an active player in the field of interdisciplinary research and has developed a complete block of experimental and multidisciplinary modular components. EFTI has also developed a multilingual teaching methodology "BRISER LES MURS", designed especially for countries with several state languages, such as Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada, Cyprus, etc ... EFTI is the creator of the Theater of science, a place for meetings between personalities from the world of culture and that of science: forums, interviews, presentation of special guests, production of theater shows and films on science, series of debates and readings on theater and society, with the screening of the documentary film “Dry Tears. The Legend of the Aral Sea ”with the narration of Emma Thompson

Cours et jardins

COURS ET JARDINS/THEALINGUA (DE)

Thealingua is an activity linked to Cours et Jardins gUG, a public interest company created in 2014 for artistic and cultural education. Thealingua aims to promote dialogue between peoples by involving them in a collective project combining art and languages. Thealingua focuses its actions on teaching foreign languages ​​through collective theatrical creation. This type of process, creative and collective, allows each participant to experience the position of engagement conferred by the device: engagement in a project, engagement in a group and engagement in free speech - in a language other than his own. This process proposes to fully experience the phenomenon of decentration. Everyone experiences a different self, a theatrical self (the character), a language self (foreign language), a meeting self (the group / troupe).

Thealingua thus contributes to an open, more open, more engaged and more creative society. It is particularly on the period of childhood and adolescence that Thealingua focuses. Working in cooperation, developing empathy, tolerating ambiguity, just as many skills developed in the Council of Europe document “Competences for a culture of democracy” that Thealingua promotes on a daily basis in its work with schoolchildren

 

As such, Thealingua has set up an educational network (primary, secondary and university schools) interested in these classroom practices. Today more than 150 schools mainly in France and Germany are participating or have participated in a project with Thealingua. Each year, Thealingua engages around 1,400 young people in projects and trains around 320 teachers in theater tools for the language classroom. In order to meet the growing demand and ensure the quality of each of its projects, in 2019 Thealingua drafted a method of learning languages ​​through theater: a coordinated set of know-how, interpersonal skills and knowledge. allowing to set up this dynamic of engagement in the collective by the foreign languages ​​and the theater within an educational institution. Since 2020, Thealingua has been training its Thealinguists: actor-teacher interveners. To date there are nine German or French speakers.

 

Thealingua works in cooperation with the research community: in national education with a team from the Academy of Grenoble, at the university with NovaTris, the cross-border competence center of the European University EUCOR (IDEFI project) and on training with the Franco-German Youth Office.

Anazitites Theatrou

ANAZITITES THEATROU/FIX IN ART (GR)

Anazitites Theatrou is a non-profit organization that has been operating since 2011 and is located in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, with one million inhabitants and a long history at the crossroads of movements of cultures and peoples. Anazitites Theatrou is essentially a platform for self-managed socio-cultural initiatives. It is a vision, an idea, a place of culture, a refuge or better yet, a home for theater, music, plastic arts, dance, cinema, literature and all forms of creative expression. But above all, it is a space where people can still dream, imagine and create together. The objective is to help creators, amateurs, visionaries, to nurture cultural collaborations, to build bridges of mobility, to support learning for people of all ages and from all backgrounds, to promote contemporary culture. It provides an open space accessible to all without prejudice, in a building that is considered one of the most important of the Greek industrial heritage, the old FIX brewery. It is a cultural space that hosts events and activities spanning the entire spectrum of the arts from theater, dance, music, film to visual arts, digital and hybrid arts and written words. It provides an exhibition space for contemporary cultural expressions, supports artists from around the world, cultivates international collaborations, explores the boundaries between science, art and society and promotes lifelong education for all generations.

The aim of this organization is to help give the performing arts a central place in education (formal and non-formal) and to develop innovative approaches and techniques for theater as an artistic form and educational tool. The organization places a very strong emphasis on the development of educational and cultural projects promoting social and creative entrepreneurship and networking between organizations to exchange experiences and increase their potential.

 

It is a non-profit arts and culture community seeking to enhance and promote artistic expression, as well as opportunities to protect education, inclusion, anti-oppression, non-violence, well-being and peace, while cultivating this community around its lifestyle. It is structured to involve three larger communities: the creative audience, local artists and international artists. To achieve this, a dynamic community made up of people of different personalities, nationalities, ages, educational levels and orientations has been formed.