Thanks to the support of Creative Europe from the European Union, Theater Babel Rotterdam will collaborate in the period 2019-2021 with companies from France, Ireland, Poland and Sweden that work with actors with disabilities. This involves an in-depth acquaintance with each other’s companies and each other’s way of working, and the sharing of experience and expertise.

In November 2019, a delegation from Theater Babel traveled to Poland for a first meeting with the local company Teatr21. A number of Babel players took part in Teatr21’s rehearsals to experience their way of working from the inside out and the company invited guest speakers.

In May 2020, all companies within this European project would travel to Ireland to play their own performances at the ‘Crossing The Line’ festival. Theater Babel Rotterdam would present ‘Van J. naar Jessica’, in a version with English surtitles. Due to the Corona crisis, this festival has unfortunately not been able to take place.

Instead, we are now launching a digital festival!

Visit www.crossingtheline-festival.com for more information and tickets.

Meanwhile, Theater Babel Rotterdam is playing a pioneering role in organizing a digital version of the ‘Crossing The Line’ festival, which will take place online in fall 2021. In addition, we are organizing a week in November 2021 in which the different companies can meet each other physically in Rotterdam, if the Corona measures allow.

Project manager Dominique Mol says about the Crossing The Line project: “The aim of this exchange is to meet each other, to broaden our view and to carry out the inclusive work.”

General director Paul Röttger adds: “Through this EU collaboration, we see once again how unique our way of working is, with its mix of actors with and without disabilities. The other companies in this EU project work exclusively with people with a disibality, but still it is interesting to learn about how the other companies work, how they organize themselves, how they are financed, and how the government in these countries works.”

Do you want to know more about this project? Have a look at the website of the Crossing The Line project, or the website of the Crossing The Line festival.

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