International Exchange and Project Development
Over the last seven years Muriel Ann Macleod has been attending the spring plenary meetings of IETM (the Network of International theatre makers). Over the years meeings have taken place in Utrecht, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Dublin, Montpelier and this year in Amsterdam.
IETM meetings take the form of three day events where delegates can see the contemporary theatre work from that country plus meet the local artists and other visiting artists through network and information/training/discussion events.
Over the years friendships and partnerships have been developed and now Rural Nations can take part in it's first international collaboration with Teatremaskinen in Sweden and other European partners.
The Reclaim the Future Project received Creative Europe Funding in April this year and our three year collaborative project is starting.
Reclaim The Future - Nomadic Carnival Project
Turning our backs on death and welcoming life; let’s enter the carnival. Painting masks. painted eyes, put the fear aside and turn reality upside down for a while.
You are waking up, but today you are not putting on your regular suit, your new golden shoes are made for walking. You will be someone else: a man, a woman, a little child, an old folk, a blooming fox; magical, charming or monstrous. Gathering in the central square, the town breathes a different air, all your friends are there: long term, long lasting, acquaintances and neighbours you have never met before. You go together to the shore of an offbeat reality, music is bouncing around, confetti dancing on the wind, the sun is not the only one to shine anymore, colours are painting a different landscape in the streets of everyday life. The parade flies off the handle, all the preparation work has now its own life. This is happening. This is a part of reality fulfilled by magic and imagination. Sometimes the parade stops and voices rise up telling stories from the streets, from other lands, other dreams towards a shared moment.
This moment has been long prepared for. The artists who have planned the dramaturgy have been working together through workshops and talks. The costumes, the masks, the props and the puppets have been built in workshops welcoming local people. The pieces presented are rehearsed by artists from different countries who did not know each other before, these artists have also designed performances together with local people, and present them during the carnival days.
Carnivals are the celebration of diversity as well as a space where you can escape reality for a while and build your own narrative. This is creative carthasis and metamorphosis in a simple context.
Everyone can be in.
Carnival brings people to come together
Carnival is a common ground for blended seeds to grow
Carnival is the space for voicing your dreams
Carnival brings the past to the present
Carnival is a door to a shared future
Our partnership joins the forces of cultural initiatives in the outskirts of Europe, gathered together by our common interest to connect art to civil society and local communities.
The carnival concept unifies Riga in Latvia, Riddarhyttan in Sweden, Stornoway in Outer Hebrides, Scotland UK, Dunkerque in France, Rome in Italy and Porto and Evora in Portugal all opened to merging into this heritage diverse cultural impulse.
Six carnivals will happen from January of 2017 to July of 2018 put together by partner theatre companies and local communities. International cooperation on production, technical and artistic horizons will be undertaken together with research programs and the making of a web documentary.
The carnival will last for two days in each country which all artistic outcomes (the parade, the international invited shows and the local shows) all presented to the audience along with conferences and talks programmed by the researchers teams. The web documentary team is also present during the carnivals in each country.
The final event in Brussels is an emanation from the six events. An artistic committee composed of the six heads of national committees will design the content of the final event, helped in its realisation by the six project managers and the 6 job shadowers who went through the process. In Brussels two associate partners, La Maison de la Création and Dabel Record will be organising a welcoming parade.
The project partners :-
Teatermaskinen, Riddarhyttan, Sweden (Lead Partner)
Dirty Deal Teatro - Riga, Latvia
Visoes Uteis, Porto, Portugal
Compagnie des mers du Nord, Dunkerque, France
Rural Natison Scotland CIC, Stornoway, Scotland