This is the common denominator for all three theatre companies involved in Crossing The Line. Our companies are artistically led, professional theatres and at the same time committed to meeting the challenges of producing, playing and touring theatre performed by artists that are disabled and non-disabled. For it is a challenge, as all art should be. And the biggest challenge is often not the disabilities of the artists, but rather the preconceptions of people around us and the expectations from the surrounding world on what we should and should not be.
During the project each theatre company will create a new production – culminating in a showcase festival in Roubaix in January 2017. Here is a short introduction to each of these art productions:
Compagnie de l’Oiseau-Mouche
Pourvu qu’on ait l’ivresse
Pourvu qu’on ait l’ivresse is an action piece, rooted in the idea of creating an open-ended story, a promise which offers excess, the monstruous, the beautiful, the sublime, and the feeling of dread. A space in which the performative presences play with the nuances of register, experimenting with differences in performance by cannibalizing and producing certain images.
Latifa Laâbissi and Nadia Lauro are co-signing the creation of this piece, wanting to meld their respective fields, “opening out the space to the action and the action to the space”. The narrations that they have constructed are supported dramatically by the music of film soundtracks, conjured as a character might be into the heart of the action.
— More about the artistic work from Compagnie de l’Oiseau-Mouche can be found on their website: oiseau-mouche.org
Mind The Gap
Testing testing, my name is Liam, testing, I am 28, testing testing and I live in Bradford, testing.
Contained is a vibrant, compelling and personal new show from England’s largest professional learning-disabled theatre company: nine interwoven true stories about family and friendships, love and loss, the everyday and the extraordinary.
The head teacher looked at me and said “I’m afraid you have to leave this school. There is no place for you here.”
Combining live performance, film, photography, music and dance, Contained explores those small moments in life that suddenly become meaningful: moments that teach us about ourselves, and the world that we live in.
I left a part of me at Seacroft hospital that day.
Created in collaboration with Alan Lyddiard (Artistic Director of the Performance Ensemble and former Artistic Director of Northern Stage) and Denis Darzacq (award winning French Photographer and Filmmaker).
— More about the artistic work from Mind The Gap can be found on their website: mind-the-gap.org.uk
A Dream Play
by August Strindberg
The daughter of the god Indra descends to Earth to live a human life. She discovers the fact that is repeated in her mind: “Humans are to be pitied.”
A Dream Play is seen as a precursor to dramatic surrealism. A perfect choice for the artistic language used by directors Nina Jemth & Pelle Öhlund in collaboration with Moomsteatern. A universe that is brutal, poetic, tragi-comic and visually powerful.
Moomsteatern has worked in collaboration with the multi-awarded actors and directors for stage Pelle Öhlund & Nina Jemth on several occasions before, for example in Compagnie of Strangers (2010) and Man Without Direction (2014). Their work is often music oriented and visually powerful. With simplicity and minimalism they describe fundamental human mechanisms such as love, fear and alienation.
— More about the artistic work from Moomsteatern can be found on their website: moomsteatern.com