The result of a pan-European dance and theatre project, The Power of Diversity brings together young performers who have taken the lead in developing a unique street-theatre performance that now tours to the Barents Bird festival in Murmansk. The young performers from across Europe have crossed real and artistic borders with the goal to find common ground where their societies and cultures overlap. The performance at Barents Bird is the final result of more than two years of workshops and touring with the support of nine festival partners from eight European countries. The Barents Bird performance also features dancers from Northern Norway, Gust Life (Murmansk) & MTI Murmansk.
The Power of Diversity performance is set amongst the ruins of a ‘global-disaster’ – where hopes and dreams for a brighter future become clear. With questions about self-identity and the challenges ahead, the young performers bring together unique backgrounds as they creatively find their own place in a new world that they themselves create.
The project’s journey began in Kirkenes during the 2016 Barents Spektakel where the first Crossing Lines workshop was held. Since then, workshops have been held in cities across Europe under the guidance of Aktionstheater PAN.OPTIKUM (Freiburg). At each workshop, new performers are recruited to join the team and further develop the project – moving forward together toward the final Power of Diversity performances that are now on tour.
The Power of Diversity performance in Murmansk is produced by Pikene på Broen (Kirkenes, Norway) in close cooperation with the Barents Bird festival. The project is co-funded by the Creative Culture Programme of the European Union and the Norwegian Barents Secretariat.
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