Europatralala – A European week for lovers, haters and dummies


Performances from all over Europe, about the human side of the EU

1 - 5 October – Theater Bellevue
After that: Lissabon, Milaan, Târgu Mureș and Riga

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During Europatralala, five international theatre companies step into the debate about the future of the EU and Europe. Europe is in transition. Economic crises, migration, political earthquakes like the Brexit, they all touch the essence of the European democracy and collaboration. For many European citizens, the political developments go hand in hand with a growing insecurity and mistrust in politicians, the media, and each other. For others, the transitions mean opportunities and possible positive changes.

In their performances, the five international theatre companies research the meaning of living together on this continent, and the human side of the EU. Because underneath the sometimes unscrutable political surface, a world of individuals appears.

Europatralala is an initiative of mugmetdegoudentand (Amsterdam). Five international theatre companies travel to each other’s countries and bring their performances along. Europatralala is the Dutch week in this series, and takes place in Theater Bellevue, on 1 – 5 October 2019.

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Tuesday October 1, 2019

De Eurocommissaris by mugmetdegoudentand, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

A few years ago, I realised I knew very little about the European Union. That struck me, considering the importance and power of Brussels. So I did some research and made a show about the EU and a fictional Dutch European Commissioner. But then, I realised that my monologue arose entirely from my Dutch point of view. Is a democratic Europe even possible, if, subconsciously, we remain so rabidly nationalistic?

- Joan Nederlof

In De Eurocommissaris, fictional European commissioner Charlotte Hajenius gives the audience a glimpse into the inaccessible politics and conflicting values of Europe. Is the dream of a democratic, united Europe even possible if Member States persistently put their own agenda first? Charlotte Hajenius takes the audience on a humorous journey through her thoughts and tribulations.

A must-see for everyone who feels involved with Europe and the EU, for who doesn’t, and for who has a persistent blind spot when it comes to that matter.

Author, director, actor: Joan Nederlof
Associate director: Lineke Rijxman
Set design: Christiaan Klasema

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Wednesday October 2, 2019

Trojan Mare by Story Hub, Riga (Latvia)

What happens when a person with limited capabilities is given a power? Does society has the responsibility in this process?

The play is based on the character of Iveta Grigule, Member of the European Parliament representing Latvia from 2014-2019. On December 2017, according to the ranking website MEPRanking.eu, Grigule was ranked as the least effective Latvian MEP and one of the least effective members of the European Parliament in general.

Direction: Laura Groza-Kibere
Text: Arturs Dicis
Interpretation: Inga Tropa 
Set design: -8
Costumes: Ilze Vitolina
Production: Marta Kontina, Elizabete Palasiosa

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Thursday October 3, 2019

Mr. Moedas wants to see the world by Companhia João Garcia Miguel, Lisboa (Portugal)

It all started in Cairo where I was approached by a Dutch friend. The purpose: Europe and the theater. How the theater can serve as an instrument so the paths of the world open and multiply? How the theater can tell the history of Europe from the point of view of a Portuguese Alentejano from Beja?

Future Europe is to be made up of many stories that are yet to be told. This is a project about those stories. It was born, not by accident, in Netherlands where the Dutch spend time questioning Europe and generally the policies of Dutch politicians. Now, it came to Portugal, Italy, Romania and Latvia, finding new partners and new stories there.

It is a project on Europeans and their multiple visions and identities in dialogue. We interviewed the current Portuguese commissioner in Brussels, Engineer Carlos Moedas. We depart in search of men and women who dream and or dreamed of a different world. Their stories, emotions and ideas are the sources of the show. An instant of reflection on the many nodes of which Europe is made. This will be the place and the time we seek for this naked work about the men and women of flesh and blood.

Text, set design and direction: João Garcia Miguel
Interpretation: Sara Ribeiro 
Costumes: Rute Osório de Castro
Lightening and technics: Roger Madureira 
Production manager: Georgina Pires
Internationalization: Vesela Molovska
Comunication: Alcina Monteiro
Photography: Mário Campos Raínha

Acknowledgement to: Eng. Carlos Moedas, Dr. Alfredo Sousa, Paulo Barriga e Filipa Figueiredo, Alma D’Arame e Amândio Anastácio

A coproduction from: João Garcia Miguel Company & Teatro Ibérico, Teatro Cine de Torres Vedras & Municipality of Torres Vedras and Teatro Aveirense & Municipality of Aveiro

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Friday October 4, 2019

Play by La Confraternita del Chianti, Milano (Italy) 

Did you know that you could call on the European Commission to make a legislative proposal through the European Citizens' Initiative? You just need signatories from 7 European countries, determination and a good communication strategy. We’ll plan the strategy, the rest we can do together: choose a theme, listen to the pros and cons, find supporters, persuade your European Commissioner and make your voice heard in Brussels.

Play is a show.
Play is a performance.
Play is a game, but not an easy one.
Play is a challenge: audience and artists together, a legislative proposal for the European Commission, less than an hour…

And once you’re back home, make sure the proposal gets accepted. Because theatre means participation and active citizenship. And it doesn't end at the end of the show.

Text and direction: Chiara Boscaro en Marco Di Stefano
Interpretation: Valeria Sara Costantin en Marco Pezza
A project by: La Confraternita del Chianti
Production: Associazione K, Associazione Interdisciplinare delle Arti
Acknowledgement to: del Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali - Boarding Pass, progetto Enforce Entertainment

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Saturday October 5, 2019

The Beyond by Teatru 3G, Târgu Mureș (Romania)

1980, Mangalia, somewhere on the Romanian Black Sea Coast. A poster with the dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, glued on a glass door, is separating four years old Bobi from his first crush Roxana. It’s the summer when Bobi decides: when I grow up, I want to be Ceaușescu. I want to be on a big poster, for everybody to see me.

2014, somewhere in a Romanian village. There are posters with Bobi Busuioc everywhere. The local counselor and prolific business man in the Death industry decides to run in the European Parliament election race. And he succeeds. His ideas on preserving the identity and uniqueness of the Romanian countryside soon turn into a phantasmagoric utopia. But he is never running out of ideas.

What has a boiled kiwi to do with the President of the European Commission Jean Paul Juncker? What is the connection between Michael Jacksons moonwalk and the Dacians? Why are towels so popular in the Romanian countryside? You can find it out in the monodrama The Beyond.

*Bobi Busuioc is a fictional character. Some of the events described in the play happened in reality. Other events are very likely to happen.

Text: Elise Wilk
Set design and video: Mihai Păcurar
Music: Vlaicu Golcea
Directed and performed by: Ándi Gherghe

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