CULTIVATING EUROPEAN THEATRE IN LONDON
"The festival shows that culture is at its greatest when it cross-pollinates...Together the plays become stronger than the sum of their parts – perhaps a good analogy for the European Union itself."
- The Guardian on A Piece of the Continent festival
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VOILA! EUROPE THEATRE FESTIVAL PRESENTS:
VOILA! EUROPE 2019
Creatives from all corners of the continent share their inventive and politically charged stories at London’s landmark festival of European theatre
The Cockpit and Rich Mix, London, 4th – 17th November 2019
Friday 8th November, The Cockpit, Double bill: Lighthouse (7pm) and The Medea Hypothesis (8pm)
Saturday 9th November, Rich Mix, Triple bill: We Must Live (6pm), Forbidden Stories (7.30pm) and European Freaks (9pm)
LAUNCH EVENT: Tuesday 24th September, The Cockpit, 5pm
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London’s landmark festival of European theatre will return for a seventh year this November to showcase boundary pushing work from across the continent. Featuring a jam-packed programme of twenty-three shows from twenty-six countries, including Lithuania, Norway, Estonia, Croatia and Bulgaria, the festival is this year supported by the Hungarian Cultural Centre, London, and will be headlined by the country’s hit show, European Freaks. This year also marks the festival’s first ever partnership with Rich Mix, which will open the doors to its east London venue as it stages work alongside The Cockpit and supports the development of three brand new works-in-progress with residencies. It follows a successful collaboration with the West End’s The Actors Centre earlier this year on the joint festival, A Piece of the Continent.
Whilst the political chaos in the UK and the rise of far-right groups across Europe give weight to the sentiment of the festival, which champions itself as a safe and creative space for artists to express themselves and explore ideas, the shows presented look both to and beyond these experiences. Humans and robots improvise together in a comedy of speech recognition errors featuring Arabic, Dutch, French, Italian, Polish, Norwegian, and Swedish translations, whilst a woman bakes traditional pepper biscuits to bring her grandaughter home in English/Croatian play Pepper and Honey. Bringing together creatives from Greece, Italy, Japan and the UK, The Medea Hypothesis follows the breakdown of a mother/son relationship amid ecological disaster and Portuguese writer/performer Nuna Livhaber offers an Afrofuturist manifesto for the 21st century in I Will Tell You in a Minute, to give just a taste of this thrillingly eclectic festival. Headlining the festival is Hungarian company STEREOAKT with their hit show, European Freaks, in which dysfunctional humanoid robots invite you to help them create EU 2.0.
Festival Directors Sharlit Deyzac and Amy Clare Tasker said, “This year's festival looks to the future, with shows tackling questions of democracy, migration, technology, truth, burnout, and the environmental crisis. We are heartened to see how European artists are stepping up to address the challenges we face, even as international collaboration becomes an increasingly radical act. We are proud to fill this niche in the London theatre scene, and we look forward to hosting a lively festival filled with languages, ideas, and cross-cultural curiosity.”
Since 2012, Voila! Europe have produced their multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary festival supporting and celebrating the best theatre and performance from across the continent. Amidst the continuing uncertainty about the UK’s relationship with its continental neighbours, Voila! Europe is proud to dedicate its programme to keeping the Channel open, promoting cultural exchange, and offering outward-looking Londoners the chance to encounter unusual stories and perspectives from their fellow Europeans.
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