Fabulamundi. Playwriting Europe: Beyond Borders? is a cooperative project, which aim is to sustain and promote contemporary dramaturgy in Europe, helping to consolidate and empower the activities and strategies of artists working in this field. Fabulamundi will work from 2017 to 2020 in 10 European countries, with 15 partners, including theatres, festivals and cultural organisations in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Romania, Austria, Belgium, Poland, England and the Czech Republic, and with another 8 countries collaborating with the project. The project, on a small scale, was financed twice by the European Commission, in 2013 and 2015, and, now, will continue its journey through Europe thanks to the funds of Creative Europe 2014-2020.
In the framework of Fabulamundi, Short Theater 2020 presents Illegal Helpers by Paola Rota, Simonetta Soldier and Teho Teardo, and the project curated by Riccardo Fazi / Muta Imago, Elise Simonet and Jessie Mill, Les Cliniques Dramaturgiques. Furthermore, this year Panorama Roma is intertwined with the project: the artists and companies chosen to take part this year will work on international texts selected over these three years which are as yet unpublished in Italy, setting up Short Theatre’s run as a kind of creative construction site visible to the public.
More Than This is a European cooperative project whose partners include L’Officina – Festival Dansem and the Festival Parallèle – Productions Parallèle of Marseille, l’Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Máterias Diversos of Lisbon, Kanuti Gildi SAAL of Tallin, Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival and Short Theatre, the scope of which is to share with a vast public the geographical complexity from which the partners come, giving form to a shared and vibrant space. More Than This redefines the notion of “moving” as a change in our way of perceiving identity and customs, rethinking methods of hospitality, questioning our capacity to welcome others and moving towards them. More Than This rewrites geography and the methods of the systems of the theatre arts. New ways of producing, planning, sharing and receiving.
In 2020 Short Theatre became part of The Displacement Of Festival, one of the most innovative projects from More Than This, and one which asks questions not only about the mobility of artists but that of cultural institutions themselves.
Shift Key Since 2010, a group of European international festivals dedicated to the performing arts decided to build a network with the objective of sustaining the mobility of emerging artists. International Theater Festival MESS (Sarajevo), Short Theatre (Roma), ACT Festival (Bilbao), BE FESTIVAL (Birmingham) and ITS Festival (Amsterdam) have, over the last seven years, contributed to the mobility and support of emerging companies. Shift Key is their new project for the next two years, aimed at reinvigorating and reinforcing the partnership between festivals, not only to facilitate the mobility of artists but to offer solid support for their careers. The selected artists are: Sleepwalk Collective (UK); Sra. Polaroiska (Spain); Alma Söderberg (Sweden); Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas (UK ); Teatro Sotterraneo (Italy); Oliver Zahn (Germany); David Espinosa (Spain); The Moving Island (Bosnia Herzegovina); 1er Stratageme (France ); Radouan Mriziga (Belgium); Mokhallad Rasem (Belgium); Strasse (Italy)
Festivals of the Future is a brand new network focused on nurturing the next generation of festival leaders and developing innovative and sustainable new festival models. Led by Transform, Festivals of the Future brings together a core partnership including Take Me Somewhere (Scotland), Parallèle (France), Short Theatre (Italy) and MIR (Greece). The project will also engage with associates D-Caf (Egypt), My Wild Flag (Sweden), Les Urbaines (Switzerland), and Homo Novus (Latvia) and a wider cohort of emerging and established festival leaders across Europe and beyond. Focused on bold, pioneering and predominantly female led performance festivals, the partners will collaborate across a two-year period to explore and develop new kinds of festival models. Coming together through retreats and collaborative projects, Festivals of the Future will assemble inspiring leaders to interrogate everything from low carbon models, alternative finance, collaborative leadership, co-creation, audience development and more.
Be My Guest is a structured and organic network dedicated to emerging practices in performing arts. It gathers 11 international partners attentive to the renewal of artistic forms and known for their commitment to artists. Based on the complicity, the confidence and the freedom of the exchanges, Be My Guest questions itself on adapted ways to answer the needs of the artists, it is attentive to their trajectories and is based on a relationship of invested support, with a long course follow-up. Thanks to the support of Pro Helvetia and the French Institute Be My Guest supports 3 projects in co-production per year. In addition to this financial support, Be My Guest offers a variety of collaborations: distribution, residencies, workshops… Be My Guest is also a space for reflection on our professional practices, connected to current social issues.
The network meets 3 times a year in plenary and meets regularly more informally on the occasion of programming highlights in Europe and beyond.
Be My Guest members are: Arts Admin – London, ICI – Centre chorégraphique national de Montpellier, Montpellier, Festival Belluard Bollwerk International – Fribourg, Kunstencentrum BUDA – Kortrijk, La Bellone Maison du Spectacle – Bruxelles, Materiais Diversos – Lisboa, Parallèle plateforme pour la jeune création internationale – Marseille, Short Theatre – Rome, Tanzquartier – Wien, Théâtre de la Bastille – Paris, Théâtre Saint-Gervais – Genève.