Prospero – Extended theatre

The ten partners involved in the multi-annual project of cultural cooperation “Prospero” want to undertake an artistic and cultural act, and to promote an ambitious theatre project which is also a political gesture, thus contributing to the construction of an artistic and cultural Europe.

The partners gathered around this ambitious project are:

In a world with extreme social differences, Europe is looking for a new path. Theatre, which some announce to be declining, has long since accompanied men in their joys and dramas, in their search for happiness.

Prospero consists of theatres with important missions of creation and dissemination in their respective countries. Their artistic directors and managers are recognized for their requirement and their creative talents. Convinced Europeans, discoverers of new artists, they question the practices and think they can share their experiences with other artistic structures. This requires a better knowledge of foreigners as well as listening and sharing stories, research and points of view.

In a context where it is clear that the way in which Europe is constructed is struggling to convince its citizens, the ten partners intend to show that art and culture are a driving force capable of boosting creativity, exchange and cohesion. In this vital intercultural dialogue, they have chosen the artistic form that at the same time brings them together and differentiates them: theatre.

The Prospero project is a challenge to artists, professionals and spectators on the very issue of European identity: a certain culture of openness.


Foundation of the Prospero group

From 2008 to 2012, seven theatres created a cooperation mechanism with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union: the Prospero project.

– the Théâtre de Liège (Belgium)
– the Théâtre National de Bretagne (Rennes – France)
– the Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione (Modena – Italy)
– the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz (Berlin – Germany)
– the Göteborgs Stadsteater (Gothenburg – Sweden)
– the Croation National Theatre in Zagreb (Croatia)
– the Athens and Epidaurus Festival (Grèce)

They decided to work for three years (July 2014 – June 2017) along two axes :

  • 1. The development of European creation: with the aim of determining, supporting and accompanying six large-scale creations. The first three were: You are my Destiny (Lo stupro di Lucrezia) by Angélica Liddell (Spain), The Forbidden Zone written by Duncan Macmillan, directed by Katie Mitchell (United Kingdom, Germany), Ti regalo la mia morte, Veronika, freely inspired by the poetry of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s movies, directed by Antonio Latella (Italy).

These shows were presented during tours in Europe.

  • 2. The training of young actors:

The Prospero partners worked with schools and training systems. Six promotions discovered another country, another theatre culture, another pedagogy, during workshops lasting at least 15 days.

Each year, students from these schools went to Berlin to participate in the FINDPlus (Festival International New Drama), a spring event organized by Schaubühne, focusing on contemporary writing and inviting some sixty young actors to discover shows, meet artists and participate in workshops.

Europe is struggling to define itself and to exist politically. It is essential that artists, project managers come together and participate in the artistic and cultural construction of Europe, a democratic, social Europe, open to other continents. Without fieldwork by European convinced, in this area and in others the momentum needed for its construction will be too low.

Prospero Group is a structure open to other partners to increase its intervention capacity.

Our goals are to

Make a new generation of artists and audiences emerge

Set up the theatre of tomorrow

Explore new artistic and production models through intercultural dialogue

Increase the accessibility of theatrical work

Develop a new audiovisual broadcasting policy and new platforms (VOD)

Participate in the transformation of the sector as a whole

Contribute to a new phase of European construction

Restore a cultural momentum to this complex entity