FORUM ON EUROPEAN CULTURE
An initiative by DutchCulture & De Balie

Highlight: Partnership with Holland Festival

One of our valued partners for Re:Creating Europe is Holland Festival. A special highlight is our programme Staging Democracy, where artists explore the ways in which they can bring about change in light of Europe’s failing democracy. They ask themselves one leading question: what divides politics and performance?

The programme includes Belgian political philosopher Chantal Mouffe, known worldwide for her radical notions of democracy; theatrical duo Tiit Ojasoo & Ene-Liis Semper, who founded a fake political party that managed to turn Estonia on its head; and Swiss-German theatre director Milo Rau, whose re-enactments (literal reproductions of historical events) allow the audience to experience the theatre as a platform upon which citizenship and democracy can be played out (De Balie, Grote Zaal, June 3rd, 17:00).

Holland Festival: Edges of Europe
A number of contributors of the Forum for European Culture are also featured at Holland Festival. The theme of this year’s festival is Edges of Europe. Several artists explore current European issues in a range of productions, concerning the shifting continent.

Milo Rau will present his theatre production Dark Ages at Frascati, on June 17, 18, and 19. Actors from Bosnia, Germany, Russia and Serbia tell the dark tale of how Europe was united.

Tiit Ojasoo & Ene-Liis Semper provide the opening of the festival with their play Die Stunde da wir nichts voneinander wußten (4th-6th of June, Stadsschouwburg). In this piece they display the diversity and tensions of todays’ Europe. On top of that, they will present the film As en Geld, focused on political populism, shown at Frascati on June 7.

Other contributors of Forum for European Culture will also be featured at Holland Festival, outside of the European theme. Contributors Arnon Grunberg and Johan Simons present a new production: The Future of Sex (June 18-19, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ). In this production they explore new forms of sex in a globalized world.

Last but not least, Ivo van Hove’s Toneelgroep Amsterdam will perform Husband and Wives (June 15-26, Stadsschouwburg). Woody Allen’s famous divorce drama is adapted for the stage, by Australian director Simon Stone.

More information on the collaboration between Forum on European Culture and Holland Festival will be released soon.