22 Theatres. 18 European Countries. 250 Artists.
The Renaissance was an explosion of creativity after the ‘dark and diseased’ Middle Ages—a complex and uneven celebration of beauty, wisdom, science, and architecture. It was time of dramatic changes, of upheavals, of brutal ruptures with societal patterns. It was also a time that led to a shift in European thought and introduced a new Zeitgeist.
Here, in this project, ‘Renaissance’ also stands for the rebirth of theatre(s) in the virtual space after a year of living with the pandemic.
The leading European theatres involved have tested and unveiled new texts and formats, devising work for the digital stage and developing digital dramaturgies. They have drawn on philosophy, fantasy and new writing techniques to reflect on the realities of pandemic living and the potential for the ‘rebirth’ of theatre.
The project launched on Europe day, Sunday 9 May 2021. One video will be released each weekday, from Monday 10 May until Friday 4 June.
From 10 May – 4 June European Theatre Convention will follow the Renaissance release calendar, releasing one new film (often with bonus material!) every week day. Check back every day and follow their social media accounts to see more cutting edge European theatre on the digital stage!