Sweden, Portugal, Germany, Iceland, Greece, Italy, France

La Transplanisphere (Paris, France)

La Transplanisphère is a theatre company based in Paris and led by Bruno Freyssinet. Since 2008, the company developed a project that questions geopolitics through theatre. In the context of global crisis and disruption of international political balance, what Europe do we want to see today? What about the future? How can art and theatre stimulate public debate on the future of our societies?nBeyond the audiences for our performances, these activities bring together high school and university students, academics and individuals from civil society through productions, workshops, debates, interviews and publications. By leading a project made of questioning, acquisition and creative practice, La Transplanisphère wishes to give citizens a renewed openness to the theatre of the world.nIn this context, La Transplanisphère designs and conducts international cooperation projects funded by the European Commission and various sources of support in Europe. The company is associated to Le Carreau du Temple (Paris), a new venue owned by the Paris City Council. nToday, it offers a transdisciplinary approach that combines theatre, citizenship, youth, education and an international perspective. This has resulted in projects involving european countries through a dynamic process linking local to global.nBy an activity that promotes critical thinking, internalisation and creation, the company wishes to contribute to a renewed opening of citizens to the theatre of the world.nhttp://www.latransplanisphere.comn

Ex Quorum (Evora, Lisbonne region, Portugal)

Ex quorum is an artistic project encouraging contemporary creation and contemporary artists through the cultural heritage of Alentejo. Founded in Evora in 2000, it started developing youth meetings (Meetings, thematic sessions, public readings, informal discussions, learning local initiatives, and integration through art as well as artistic performances). Since the beginning, Hugo Miguel Coelho has aimed at cementing his creative project by crossing different fields, rooting himself in the search for a multi-disciplinary or rather “a-disciplinary” conception in keeping with his own CV and professional activities. Lately, he created his own “space” (at a local, national, international level), his own creative projects, connecting them with those of contemporary creators. He is looking for a long-standing relationship with Alentejo as well as a space for collaboration.n

Vera Liv (Kópavogur, Reykjavik region, Iceland)

Mireya Samper is a painter, herself born on the edge of different cultures. Of Icelandic mother and Spanish-Catalonian father, she has studied and lived in several European countries and exposed all around the world. With Vera Liv, she initiated different projects. Among them is the organization of the first multi-disciplinary biennial festival : “Refreshing Wind” in Garður (Iceland): dozens of artists from various disciplines and nationalities have been invited for a residence in order to be inspired by nature, the landscapes and the inhabitants and leave traces of their creation there. The Festival will have its second edition in may-june 2012. Vera Liv production has also participated to numerous international movie coproductions providing local production expertise as well as expertise of the Icelandic territory.n

Teatermaskinen (Riddarhyttan, Stockholm region, Sweden))

The Teatermaskinen was created in 1997 and is located in the forest, in the heart of the Swedish countryside. It is a cooperatives structure dealing with theatre, visual arts and trans sectorial activities, working with local audiences as well as with international network. Since its creation, it has performed 23 new plays of the Swedish Theatre in front of more than 750 000 people of all ages in different working places, community centres, youth centres, universities, in trade unions meetings and study groups. Since 2000, they have created around a hundred events in Riddarhyttan opened to the international communities enabling them to invite people from everywhere in the world. They shared the experience and bodies of knowledge with 6000 people through their local activities in the area. They have achieved international projects as well as local projects and developed specific tools thanks to cooperation and mutualization.

The International Theatre (Rome, Italy)

Created in 1992, The International Theatre (a production and organization theatre company) developed in Roma an international theatre season presenting performances coming from important English, French and Spanish festivals. It is also a theatre production company that has played very successfully in Avignon Festival (France). After having run the Theatre Cassia in Roma, Tomaso Thellung has now run two theatre seasons near Rome (Formello and Arricia). In September 2011, He created the website, the first guide that helps European performances to travel through Europe.nn

Panteion University – Studio Ledra (Athens, Greece)

The Ledra Studio started as a place of artistic and intellectual resistance to the Greek military dictatorship (period 1967 to 1974). Since 1994, the studio has been run by the Athens Panteion University. It is used to present theatre performances, readings, concerts, as a rehearsal place for theatre companies and musical groups, as a place for books presentation as well as a place to award diplomas to the students of the Panteion University. The Ledra Studio is under the responsibility of the CCDS created in 1992 under the direction of Dr. Ioannis (Yangos) Andreadis. The place was restored with the contribution of Demos Abdeliotis, a permanent colleague, who became since the Director of the communication department Media and Culture of the Panteion University where he also teaches.

Bildung & Integration (Berlin, Germany)

Bildung und Integration eV develops and implements projects in the field of vocational training, mutual help programs, exchanges nationally and internationally, most often sponsored by Agentur For Work, the Regional Employment Centre and the administration of Berlin.
In recent years, it puts in place actions around the theater with unemployed people of different ages and different nationalities. B&I wants indeed to promote social integration of unemployed people, especially young people and migrants through these socio-cultural programs. This has helped to develop synergy among groups who worked together with artists.