The theatre project Eurotopia aimed to break with the typical narratives about Europe and focused instead on taboos and what is left unsaid as the starting point of a radical utopia. At a time when wars are pushing Europe to its limits and generating heated debate about what the European promise means, Eurotopia posed the very relevant questions: How can we tell the story of Europe? What can Europe be?
The Theater Freiburg invited international artists, e.g. from Turkey, the Congo, Belgium and Germany, to respond to these questions in an artistic experiment. To this end, Milo Rau, Memet Ali Alabora, Faustin Linyekula, Felicitas Brucker, Arved Schultze and others embarked on research trips, for which they had to venture beyond the boundaries of their own artistic practice. Based on their experiences, they developed eight controversial statements, all of which refered to one another. The research findings have been compiled during a joint rehearsal phase and the statements have been presented on stage at the Theater Freiburg. Prior to the premiere, the “European Backroom” opened its doors to encourage dialogue between the artists and viewers in public rehearsals and political salons. Eurotopia was shown on four separate weekends with varying thematic focuses, to which a number of renowned guests were invited. In addition, the Theater Freiburg offered introductions and translations in English and Arabic.
Artistic directors: Viola Hasselberg
Artists: Memet Ali Alabora (TR), Felicitas Brucker, Arved Schultze, Ruud Gielens (BE), Emre Koyuncuoglu (TR), Faustin Linyekula (CD), Jarg Pataki (CH), Milo Rau (CH), ORTREPORT & Meier/Franz (DE/AT/CH)
Kaaitheater, Brussels: 1 Apr. – 30 Jun. 2017