In the past few years, artists and cultural agents have started to claim a place in the public debate about social, environmental and political issues, arguing that artists have an active role to play in society and that artistic creation offers a valid source of knowledge and experience.
HOUSE on FIRE joins ten theatres/festivals with an active interest in the development of issue-based programming and sets out to realise the following activities:
HoF will co-produce and present performing arts productions that have the ambition to make a contribution to the critical debate of issues on the political and social agenda. Each production will be co-produced by at least two partners of the network and made available for further presentation in Europe. Thus, HoF strives to internationalise the strong creative impulses of the new paradigm of social responsibility and political activism that is emerging in arts.
HoF will develop multidisciplinary thematic programmes in all partner countries, made up of performances, conferences, film screenings, concerts, projects for children, community-based initiatives and workshops. They are realised in close collaboration with Associated Partners from universities and civil society and include participants from all over Europe. They focus on the sustainability of human civilisation at a point in history when globalisation is putting enormous strains on existing systems, but also offering new opportunities.
HoF takes on the challenge of critically engaging the new `reality trend’ in contemporary performance. It will produce a series of five downloadable publications about thematic approaches in the performing arts. The copy-books will include interviews with artists, critical analyses, description of working processes and methodologies, etc. and strive to make an up-to-date and flexible cartography of thematic creation and programming in the performing arts.
PROJECT IN FOCUS
House on Fire joins ten European theatres and festivals in ten European countries who promote and support performing arts with the ambition contribute to the critical debate of issues on the political and social agenda.
During 2014 House on Fire productions tour many venues and festivals, these include :
Frascati, Amsterdam (May 2014)
HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin (May 2014)
Maria Matos Teatro Municipal, Lisbon (June 2014)
LIFT Festival, London (June 2014)
Archa Theatre, Prague (November)
brut Wien, Vienna (November)
Projects and productions include:
After a War – various artists
A ‘thematic programme’ of music, theatre and live art examine a century of conflict in a building-wide takeover of the iconic Battersea Arts Centre by 20 international artists.
The Notebook – Forced Entertainment
Hungarian Agota Kristof’s award-winning novel The Notebook is reimagined for the stage by brothers in an arresting duologue narrative.
Super Premium – Toshiki Okada
Japan’s most exciting theatre director Toshiki Okada shines a light on Japan’s lost generation – all set under the bright lights of a supermarket…
The Year I Was Born – Lola Arias
Eleven performers born in Pinochet’s Chile in the 1970s and 1980s tell the stories of their parents living under dictatorship. Two generations face each other in a highly personal journey.
The Great War – Hotel Modern
Hotel Modern recreate stories from the trenches from World War I, using live animation and a miniature film set.
NON UK PARTNERS:
Divadlo Archa o.p.s., Czech Republic
Hebbel-Theater Berlin GmbH, Denmark
Koproduktionshaus Wien GmbH, AT;
MALTA International Theatre Festival Foundation, Poland
Stichting Gasthuis Frascati (Foundation Gasthuis Frascati), Netherlands
Stiftelsen Bergen Internasjonale Teater – Teatergarasjen, Norway
theatre Garonne, FRVzw Kaaitheater, Belgium