The Prospero network was founded in 2006 by the Théâtre National de Bretagne (FR) and the Théâtre de Liège (BE) to bring together theatres with important creation and touring missions from different European countries.
Convinced Europeans, discoverers of new artists, passionate about languages, aesthetics and the multiplicity of European stories, these theatres’ artistic and executive directors wanted to question and transform, together, theatre practices. Forming a network enabled them to work towards this goal by sharing knowledge and practices, confronting their point of views and undertaking common research.
From 2008 to 2012, the network extended and conceived a project, also named Prospero, which benefited from the financial support of the European Union’s Culture Program. The partners involved were the following:
- Théâtre de la Place (former Théâtre de Liège, Belgium) ;
- Théâtre National de Bretagne (Rennes – France);
- Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione (Modena – Italy);
- Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz (Berlin – Germany);
- Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon, Portugal);
- Tampereen Yliopisto / Tutkivan Teatterityön Keskus (Tampere – Finland).
The project rested on the idea that the European construction requires, beyond a common market, the development of a shared sense of history, myths and values. It therefore pursued the following objectives:
- To foster the circulation of works and artists across borders;
- To contribute to the emergence of a European citizenship;
- To take advantage of a common cultural space and heritage;
- To strengthen intercultural dialogue and promote cultural diversity.