Ten European public theatres with a solid reputation, some of which have been working together for several years, held a series of meetings from July 2016. Together with the Théâtre de Liège (Belgium), appointed as leader, they decided to form a project group. In order to carry out its actions, Prospero has set itself a number of work areas and challenges:
- To analyze the role of theatre today:
Theatre is able to create non-virtual human links, promote languages and brings together millions of spectators across Europe. It remains a powerful place for direct dialogue, especially in times of crisis.
- Involve artists more in a new phase of European construction:
The rise of populism is sowing doubts among European youth. It is important to address this debate with artists, in order to give a new cultural impulse to the European dream.
- Changing practices for the theatre of tomorrow:
This age-old art form must question and seize the opportunities that present themselves in this age of digital technologies: there are new audiences, subjects, practices, formats and territories to conquer.
- Defining and developing new methods of touring:
This implies a digital strategy associated with the territorial policy of the theatre sector. The audience’s opinion no longer depends solely on the spectators, but is now also made up of TV viewers and internet users who can access the show from outside.
In addition to transforming the theatre system, Prospero aims to promote European ideas and values through its actions, its joint projects and the gatherings it organizes. The Prospero partners believe in a united Europe, but a Europe of diversity of cultures, languages, histories, races and social constructions, a unity of shared differences. Prospero intends to promote the role of theatre as an important and more visible force in the cultural and political construction of Europe. In the tradition of the Enlightenment, it aims to promote the ideas of openness, freedom, diversity and equality.
This new consortium was composed of:
- Théâtre de Liège – Coordinator of the project (Belgium),
- Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz (Berlin, Germany),
- Théâtre National de Bretagne (Rennes, France),
- Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe (Paris, France),
- Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione (Modena, Italy),
- Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (Amsterdam, The Netherlands),
- Teatro São Luiz (Lisbon, Portugal),
- Göteborgs Stadsteater (Sweden),
- Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb (Croatia),
- Teatros del Canal (Madrid, Spain).