The Ways of the Heroes

The Ways of the Heroes

05/02/2021

Project Leader: Macedonian national theatre, North Macedonia

Association for Promotion and Development of Cultural Activities Studio Teatar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Associazione “La Dramaturgie”, Italy

Eho Animato, Serbia

Loop Amke, Greece

Publishing House Gavrosh Dooel, North Macedonia

Studio za raziskavo umetnosti igre, Slovenia

Maximum grant awarded: 395,183.00 €

Social apathy and absence of agency, especially in WB countries, is a shared problem that all partners have recognized. The project will artistically examine this problem and offer ways to deal with it, while focusing on the most concerning issue that needs our immediate action: the environment. Do we need to see the color of the air that we breathe in order to act? Why don’t we react even when our basic survival is at stake?

WB partner countries involved, MK, RS and B&H, are dealing with a burning question of air pollution, but partners from countries with more developed environmental policies: SLO IT, GR are also affected by climate crisis. This will be an impulse to question the responsibility in times of crisis. We will gather the facts: but the question is what do we DO with these facts? How do we ACT as individuals and communities? How do we react politically, socially and emotionally to the crisis?

Good news is that there are heroes among us, and they can show us the ways! There are many individuals acting for the good cause, but they are not visible enough. Inspired by Ibsen’s play “An Enemy of the People” which questions the impact of the individual on the community and vice versa, we will focus on making visible their stories to the audiences through theatre, public space performances, exhibition, illustrated book for children and online campaigns.

We will also analyze how do we, as artists, affect the environment through our work processes. An international team working on the co-production will gather the documentary materials through all project activities and reinterpret the play. By engaging on a multidisciplinary level, we aim to bring dynamics to the public theatre sector and create contemporary theatre that is rooted in the needs of its community. Sense of belonging is important for individual identity. We will share good practice stories to inspire our communities to follow the ways of the heroes.