Crossing the Line Festival
In January 2017 in Roubaix (France), Crossing the Line Festival will brought together three European theatre companies, leaders in making professional theatre with learning disabled artists.
Throughout the process of Crossing the Line, the festival grew in ambition and aspirations, moving from a small scale showcase to an international festival. It opened up Crossing the Line to the outside more widely than ever before. The festival involved live performances presented by each partner, practical workshops and discussion events.
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.
Moomsteatern – Ett Drömspel / Le Songe / A Dreamplay
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 Dreamplay 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.
Mind the Gap – CONTAINED
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. 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.
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).
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION:
Art & Disability in an international context.
Analysis and feedback from the 3 partners of Crossing the Line.
At Théâtre de l’Oiseau-Mouche the festival had its official gathering place where festival visitors spent time eating, drinking, talking and dancing.
One artist from each company – Jez Colborne from Mind the Gap, Therese Kvist from Moomsteatern and Thierry Dupont from Compagnie de l’Oiseau-Mouche – had a closed workshop during the week with the musician David Bausseron. During the Closing Party on the last night of the festival they gave a performance as a result of the workshop.