The Corn Exchange’s Outdoor Arts programme carries on into the summer as theatre company Pan.Optikum joins with young people from across nine European countries to present The Power of Diversity: The Crossing Lines Project.
Under the artistic direction of renowned German arts company Pan.Optikum and Berlin based Rapucation, young adults from 10 partner cities across Europe, working independently of one another, have developed a site-specific performance as part of the Crossing Lines Project.
Following a set of introductory workshops, around 25 people from the Newbury area were selected to create a performance as the UK’s representatives for the project.
This team of 17 to 25-year-olds will continue to work in partnership with a hip-hop choreographer from Pan.Optikum, Sigrun Fritsch, and representatives from the Corn Exchange Trust.
Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme, this performance will be the result of residencies with international participants at Corn Exchange’s 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space and festivals across the continent.
The performance has been developed in the corresponding cities with a focus on that city’s history, location or other special characteristics.
In addition to the forms typical for this genre (such as acrobatics and theatre), the medium of expression for the productions is primarily hip-hop, and rap since the competition mainly targets young people who belong to social strata in which education and theatre culture is not given high priority.
The show takes place on August 12 at Goldwell Park in Newbury at 9.30pm. There is no entry fee for this event and no booking is needed.