Back to the Luxembourgish presence at the Theatertage Rheinland Pfalz
During the “Theatertage Rheinland Pfalz 2022”, the international meeting “Crossing Borders” was organised on the initiative of the Staatstheater Mainz with the support of the Institut Français, the Flanders Arts Institute and Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg.
This two-days event was organised in order to allow 50 professionals, artists, independent collectives and production companies from the Grande Region, which includes Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Greater East, to get to know each other, to exchange ideas and to develop cross-border synergies.
During the first day, the participants have been invited to discuss the new modalities of cross-border work in the era of covid, to discover the financial support for culture existing in Rhineland-Palatinate, to be informed about the administrative procedures necessary for the creation and dissemination of foreign artists in Germany and finally to learn from an example of cross-border cooperation with the NEXT festival.
The second day was an opportunity for 8 Luxembourgish artists to present their projects for which they are looking for distribution or partners, to a group of professionals and programmers from Germany, Belgium, France and Luxembourg: Ian de Toffoli / Projet des Théâtres de la Ville; Saeed Hani / Hani Dance; Anne-Mareike Hess / Utopic Productions; Hannah Ma / The People United; Pascale Noé Adam / Bombyx; Tammy Reichling /Maskenada; Anne Simon / Volleksbühne; Dagmar Weitze / Kopla Bunz
Tiamat by Ian de Toffoli – translate in German – has been read by Luc Schiltz on 14 March to replace AppHuman by Ian de Toffoli, directed by Sophie Langevin, which was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid.
Finally, as part of the Theatertage, author Elise Schmitz joined a week-long writing workshop led by Chris Thorpe, bringing together authors from the Grande Region to discuss their work and address the issues of writing for the stage in a multilingual context, thus opening up the borders to contemporary dramaturgies.