International theatre project highlighting the reasons for fleeing

NADIA was an international theatre project, in which five renowned European theatres have staged their own productions simultaneously: the Théâtre de Liège in Belgium, the Fondazione TeatroDuo in Italy, the Kompanie De Toneelmakerij of Amsterdam, Norway’s largest theatre Det Norske Teatret and the Staatstheater Braunschweig.
All five productions were based on the same exact text which was written in collaboration with the author Daniël van Klaveren and dealt with religious radicalisation of our societies in an international context. The project started by asking why a young girl from Western Europe would leave her family to join the “Islamic State”. The focus was not so much on ISIS’s recruitment strategy, but rather on aspects of our society: How do young people in Western Europe gain orientation in an environment which offers no perspective on one hand, and a system of values which is becoming more complex on the other? What makes extreme, radical positions so attractive to young people in Western Europe?
The young directors at the five participating theatres have adapted the text to correspond to the circumstances on location, and staged their own productions. During the production phase, the ensembles have maintained mutual contact. Their dialogue has been accessible via an open-source platform which encouraged further discussion of the subject on a global scale.
Following the five premieres, the productions have guest performed in the participating countries. The final event of the project has taken place in June 2017. The participating creative teams and experts on the “radicalisation of society” have been invited to watch a selection of the productions at the Deutsches Theater Berlin. The concept and development of “NADIA” has being supervised under the auspices of the European Theatre Convention, a European network of public city and state theatres. It presented the project at conferences, artistic and cultural political forums throughout Europe as an example of a best-practice project.

Artistic director: Paulien Geerlings (NL)
International project conception and direction: Heidi Wiley
Author: Daniël van Klaveren (NL)
Directors: Esther Jurkiewicz (D), Peer Perez Øian (NO), Isabelle Gyselinx (BE), Giacomo Giuntini (IT), Daniël van Klaveren (NL)
Project partners: European Theatre Convention (DE/FR/BE), De Toneelmakerij (NL), Staatstheater Braunschweig, Théâtre de Liège (BE), Fondazione TeatroDue (IT), Det Norske Teatret (NO), Deutsches Theater Berlin

Additional Performances:

Det Norske Teatret, Oslo: 30 Aug. – 24 Dec. 2017; Fondazione Teatro Due, Parma: 28 Apr. – 30 Nov. 2017; De Toneelmakerij, Amsterdam: 28 Jan. – 31 Dec. 2017; Théâtre de Liège: 7 Nov. – 30 Dec. 2017; Premiere at the Theatre De Krakeling, Amsterdam on 29 Jan. 2017;

Additional Workshops:

De Toneelmakerij, Amsterdam: 13 – 15 Jun. 2016; Staatstheater Braunschweig: 24 – 26 Sep. 2016; ETC international theatre conference: Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe: 6 – 9 Apr. 2017; Project seminar: ETC/Deutsches Theater Berlin, Berlin: 11 – 14 Jun. 2017, Final Meeting: Théâtre de Liège: 9 – 11 Nov. 2017


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    Staatstheater Braunschweig, Braunschweig


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