an international performance project about taboos in European societies.

Taburopa is an international theatre project that deals with cultural, historical and everyday taboos in Europe. 20 theatre-makers, choreographers, actors and dancers from four European countries will develop original performances in ensembles specially formed for this project, based on intensive research in the four participating cities. These artistic statements will have their world premiere at the next edition of the 2014 Summer Blood Cultural Festival before travelling on to the participating cities of Brussels, Lisbon and Warsaw.

"Where does it hurt most, which taboos keep Europe in suspense? Or have we long been living in taboo-free societies? Four directors and four ensembles are to find out where taboos can be found in Germany, Portugal, Belgium and Poland."

Thomas Linden in KR "Taboos do not stop at national borders".

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Premiere: 09.05.2014 - 19:00 hrs
Further dates: 10.05. | 11.05.2016 each at 19:00,
Location: Start: Stage of Cultures - Arkadas Theatre, Platenstr. 32, Cologne-Ehrenfeld

To the four performances

Agnieszka Blonska (Poland) and the performers from from Belgium: Angel Kaba, Marielle Morales, Sayaka Kaiwa, Igor Shyshko,

Belong. Being identified. Defined. Resettled. Recognised. Redetermined. Our stories. Are they really ours? Or have they been lost in the stories of our nations. Who are we? Here, in a united Europe. In times of political correctness and in a world of encounter and co-existence - in what form do we refer to ourselves and to others? What do we not want to talk about? What do we not want to perceive? Agnieszka Blonska's performance will explore our capacities for coexistence and co-existence. Four dancers from different backgrounds and origins will explore the idea of identity and belonging. By questioning the identity of the audience and the performers, they also question the "silent agreements" in theatre.

Arco Renz (Belgium) and the performers of Teatro Praga from Portugal: Rita Morais, Nuno Leão, Ricardo Teixeira, Inês Vaz.

The performance explores conflicts that arise between an individual and a group - multicoloured inner tensions that manifest themselves physically. Taboos are largely dependent on the social and cultural contexts within which they are created. Rather than attempting to represent these dependencies, Arco Renz and his group's research in TABUROPA has led them to work with "taboos" as a physiological experience within an experimental laboratory. The title refers to this situation as well as to the space and processes involved in the exchange between mind and body.

No Return
André Erlen (Germany) and the performers from Association of Culture Practitioners from Poland: Dominika Biernat, Dawid Żakowski, Sean Palmer, Joanna Wichowska.

During the research in Lisbon, André Erlen and his team came across the exciting question of the formation of national identity. The Golden Age of Discoveries, football and Fatima, colonial empire, Catholicism, Saudade and Fado: the motifs for identity formation are like a kaleidoscope consisting not only of values but equally of taboos. "Thou shalt not doubt the great history of thy country." But when the traditional images start to falter, taboos have to be broken and old myths have to be laid to rest. Not only because of the financial crisis, Portugal also seems to be looking for a new foundation for common values - and taboos. The performance "No Return" (derived from "retornados", the returnees from the former colonies) tries to make these hidden processes visible.

André Teodosio (Portugal) and the performers from Futur3 from Germany: Anja Jazeschann, Bernd Rehse, Tomasso Tessitori, Pietro Micci

On the seventh day of the research in Brussels, André Teodosio arose and said, "Let there be light!" And his head in the darkness was immediately split in two: Prometheus stepped forth. And at the same time, he and his team tried to understand what makes the difference between the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life - what is forbidden and what is not. Do's and Don'ts as an early childhood rehearsal of existing taboos by society - that is the key to Portuguese director André Teodósio's production.


Artistic director: André Erlen, project management: Gregor Leschig, Rolf Emmerich
Ensembles: (Belgium), Teatro Praga (Portugal), Association of Culture Practitioners (Poland), Futur3 (Cologne)

An EU PROJECT by the Sommerblut Kulturfestival e.V. in cooperation with the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Filmhaus Köln and artheater köln.
With the kind support of EACEA Culture Programme of the European Union, Kunststiftung NRW, Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Polnisches Institut Düsseldorf, Stiftung für Deutsch.Polnische Zusammenarbeit, dg ARTES, Governo de Portogal

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