Harald Volker Sommer
Europäisches Theaterhaus / European Theatrehouse e.V.
To analyze how individuals find their identity through a job, the project uses the artistic medium theatre. Being led by directors, youngsters in each partner organization take on the stage as a place to debate what-if scenarios, Europe’s future, and the overlap of political reality with daily life.
Thessaloniki, Griechenland, Lingen, Deutschland
There are two reasons why Europe needs our idea: Playing non-professional theatre, especially for children and youth, will lead to them becoming active citizens. Someone who does theatre and feels strongly about something will be more likely to express his or her opinion! Secondly, everyone can relate to “identity through work”. Employment opportunities, career choices, getting adequate education are important issues for young adults. This project will not only have youngsters work with the topic and research opportunities, it will arouse a sense of togetherness and the comprehension that people from different countries are concerned with similar thoughts and problems. In the long run, this project will raise the tolerance for each other and hence support the willingness to work together.
Our goal is to start changing people’s minds. Group members, who will – in a far-reaching process – work on the topic, and directors, who discuss that process with their colleagues, will gain a greater understanding of what “Working, having a career” means to the individual. We will encourage participants to become involved in Europe’s society and ultimately become active citizens. Directors will learn from each other and multiply their experiences in their future careers. Everyone involved will train their understanding of life in one’s own as well as foreign countries, and become more tolerant in order to develop a greater willingness to work together. A sense of a European identity with concern to cultural variety will be raised for each participant, director, and for the audience.
First, the media will be researched, views and opinions will be gathered; then theatre becomes a laboratory for experimenting with societal change. It allows us to act out controversial ideas, to play with what-if scenarios, and it makes us see the world from different angles. Theatre may provoke people and offer a platform to freely speak their minds. The directors, who are professional actors or theatre pedagogues, are skilled to direct their groups to gain results. A simultaneous “happening” in each city adds to a feeling of togetherness in the otherwise digitally connected community of partner organizations. Results will be made public in each community, a play will be performed in front of local audience. Results will be published digitally and become accessible all over the world.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe