Shaking the Walls brings together organisations from five European countries operation in the scope of performing arts. Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre from Poland is the leader of the project, the partners are as follows: Cooltour – Kulturní centrum Cooltour Ostrava z.ú., from Czech Republic, RaTaTam – Reykjavik Art Group from Iceland, Parrabbola – community theatre collective from London, Great Britain and An Grianán Theatre from Letterkenny, Ireland.
The goal of the project is to give an artistic shape to various kinds of real and metaphorical walls that divide people, individual, social and racial groups, nations and countries.
Our project aims to exploit specifically the metaphor of the wall of indifference, which perhaps is the most blurred and undefined boundaries separating humans in today’s world, both as individuals and social or ethnic groups. We would like to establish cooperation based on identifying “walls” (barriers, boundaries, problems) in partnering countries and subsequently, through inter-cultural creative dialog, art and education find ways of raising public awareness of the issues tackled, and reach solutions. The range of considered issues vary from political problems, immigration, domestic violence, isolation within the society and other, identified throughout the project. We would encourage creative thought and develop artistic means of expression through various events presented in partnering countries and during the project Grand Finale in Gdańsk.
The scope of artistic undertakings in the project will to range from happenings and informal performances, audiovisual art and street art to theatre performances designed for a professional stage. Community participation in all our events will be integral as we seek to develop audiences as artists and auditors. We would like to include Shakespeare performances which tackle the project’s subject areas as well as community plays and alternative theatre performances presented in different countries. The project has commenced with the meeting of all project partners at the end of 2018 and will finish with the Grand Finale in 2020. The artistic activities will take place from March 2019 to September 2020. The end of the project is scheduled for October 2020.
The project activities will enrich the European cultural offer by showcasing quality artistic events to an international audience. Through creating co-operation between different groups of Europeans, including diverse social groups, countries, age groups and professional circles the project aims to foster the continuing development of intercultural dialogue.