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To answer this question, KVS launches Between Lands, a joint project with six international partners from major European cities. Each theatre commissions one writer, and in each city workshops and discussions take place. At the end of the process, the six writers will each write a short piece about democracy, which will then be shown by all six theatres at exactly the same time, in a variety of forms and languages, directed by a local director based in each country. What it will be like will be a surprise – this is punk or pop-up theatre, propelled by the meeting of European writers, actors and directors.
Read on to find out who the six writers will be.
KVS will be sending RACHIDA LAMRABET on this mission. Lamrabet’s debut Vrouwland immediately won her the Debuutprijs – an award for best newcomer awarded by Boek.be. Next, she wrote a collection of short stories, Een kind van god. Alongside her novels, she has gained public attention for her resolute opinions, essays and theatre texts, the latter including Belga and De handen van Fatma. Under commission from KVS and the Goethe Institute she wrote the screenplay for Deburkanisation, which landed her in the eye of a media storm, resulting in her being dismissed from the board of directors at Unia. In response she wrote her essay Zwijg Allochtoon. Lamrabet recently won the biennial Culture Prize KU Leuven and won the Flemish Culture Prize Ultima for Arts.
In France, FARaway Festival/ Comédie de Reims will commission CHARLOTTE LAGRANGE. Charlotte is a director and writer, and part of theatre company La Chair du Monde. Her work includes Désirer tant (2018) in which she portrays three generations of women dealing with their desires against the straitjacket of society. This tension between macro and micro stories often recurs in her work, in which see always seeks to interrogate political realities.
PIER LORENZO PISANO is an Italian writer and theatre and film director, and is the candidate from the Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Italy. It’s a logical choice – his short film Così in terra was selected for the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. His theatre work has also won a number of prizes: Fratelli won the Premio Hystrio in 2016 and Per il tuo bene won the Premio Riccione-Tondelli in 2017.
The Spanish writer JOSÉ MANUEL MORA graduated in dramatic writing and is founder and artistic director of Madrid Draft.inn, a development space for international collaboration. He also runs Spanish editions of the FRINGE festival and often writes for Peeping Tom. His interdisciplinary writing style is a hallmark of his work. José Manuel participates in Between Lands with Teatro Calderon de Valladolid.
LENA KITSOPOULOU is an actress, writer and director from Greece, commissioned by the Onassis Foundation. Her short story collection Nichterides won the Best Debut Author Award DIAVAZO in 2007. She has made shows previously for the Onassis Foundation, Theatro Technis in Athens, in Germany and in the UK. The Greek author won the Internationaler Autorenpreis for her piece Athanasios Diakos at the Heidelberg Stückemarkt in 2013. Kitsopoulou’s work typically combines contemporary form with classical Greek elements, including myths and rebetika.
Centro Dramatico São João de Porto has chosen French-Portuguese writer MICKAËL DE OLIVEIRA. Mickaël has written for theatre since 2004 and set up Coletivo 84 in 2008 as a structure in which to write and direct. In 2007 he won the Nova Dramaturgia Maria Matos prize for O que é teu entregou aos mortais. His work has been played in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Norway. He is also Artistic Director of the Encontros de Novas Dramaturgias Contemporaneas project, which aims to grow attention for contemporary Portuguese and international writing.