Take Art has been invited to be part of RIOTE3 from Oct 2020 to September 2022, building on a previous project RIOTE2, and now extended to include three new companies from Germany, Italy and France.
Through working together, the main aim is to develop material for two innovative 'handbooks'. Led by the Hungarian partner, one will be a life quality measurement toolkit for practitioners who want to implement technology based feedback in their community work with groups and individuals. The second, led by the Italian partner, will be a practical guide for developing participatory theatre in rural areas, especially involving older people.
The partnership involves: Shoshin Theatre Association (Romania), UtcaSzAK (Hungary, Budapest),SINUM Theatre Association (Hungary, Pécs as coordinator), Kud Ljud (Slovenia), Teatro Nucleo (Italy), Protagon (Germany), Une idée dans l’air (France) and ourselves.
The partners held a joint staff training week at Protagon/Antagon Theatre's wonderful home in Frankfurt in February. Sadly, we could not attend due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, however we took part online whenever possible. We joined a symposium to discuss what connects rural communities and their environment when working with urban-based theatre makers. What obstacles and challenges might we face in understanding each other and what is gained from drawing on stories from these areas.
Our partners also worked with a group of young people to create an extraordinary new piece of physical outdoor theatre over the week. Both these events were live-streamed as part of the company's Winterwerft Festival.
Somerset theatre-maker Abby Young, from Tall Tails Theatre Co, was able to attend RIOTE3's second training week in rural Hungary. After cancelled flights and numerous Covid-19 tests, Abby eventually arrived in Budapest on 19 May 2021. She caught a minibus to journey NE into deepest Borsod country on the borders with Slovakia, to work for a week alongside theatre practitioners from the 7 other partner countries as well as the local Gypsy Roma community.
Now safely returned with quarantine completed, Abby says "this was an incredible life-changing week...so much learning, kindness, generosity and culture...I have never had an experience like it."
The next training week takes place in Romania in early Sept, swiftly followed by another session in Ferrara, Italy. We hope to send more artists to take part in these valuable exchanges.