European artistic and civic cooperation project between Turkey, Armenia, Germany and France
How to give an artistic dimension to a very sensitive european debate, usually handled by the politic field?
How to allow citizens from 4 different countries to appropriate together the reconciliation question and transform it in an artistic piece, opened an stimulating?
The project aim is to associate artists, young people and representatives of the civil society from Armenia, Germany, Turkey and France. They operate a common reflection through a multidisciplinary stage performance, associated with actions involving the public (workshops, debates, meetings…). With this common experience, citizens from Europe and Europe frontiers try to cast off geographical, historical or psychological limits to question together the reconciliation idea.
The project is twofold:
• a play involving artists symbolizing all four countries will be written, staged and performed, using not only theatre but music and video art. The play is written during the process, using the four languages. It is rehearsed then performed in Yerevan (Armenia), before touring in the three other partner countries.
• Each stage of the project is linked to workshops, personalities interviews and a public debate. Bridges are built up between the performers and the audience partly through workshops under the supervision of the artists involved. In order to create a dialogue with a wider audience, the project works with partners in each country, such as high schools and universities.
• The two sides of the project are constantly intersect during its creation. A documentary film is shot to follow the project different stages.
It is not indispensable to always have the same point of view ; no one can prevent us from becoming more intelligent.
None of us play anything else than the chords we already know. Why could we not rebuild our common memory by transforming this monologue into a dialogue?
Making a shared future possible The first half of the twentieth century witnessed Europe’s involvement in the most destructive wars in history. But the second half has shown us a new vision, with for the first time the creation of a community of countries capable of exchanging ideas, building new bonds and moving forward together. One of the key words of this process was reconciliation. This reconciliation involved countries barely recovering from the war, still torn asunder by civil conflicts: it was about accepting the other and our differences to create a better future. The Franco-German reconciliation is often thought of as the basis of the European Union, and today’s generation of Europeans take it for granted. Need we however remind ourselves just how difficult to achieve such an alliance was? All throughout the process, citizens took the initiative and created new cooperations, especially in the domains of education and culture.
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These actions became catalysers for innovating ways of working together, often independently from political decisions. Since its creation, every time the European Union integrates a new country, the question of how the different nations composing the Union interact becomes essential. In the case of the integration of Turkey in the Union, relations between France and Turkey, Germany and Turkey, are at the heart of a heated debate, since these countries share a rich political, cultural and migratory history. By extension, the question of the relationship of Turkey to its neighbours must be asked, and most notably with Armenia, since reconciliation between these two countries has just been launched. It is still an extremely complex situation, since the political and economic goals are very important, but it has never evolved as much as during these last few years.
Turkey, Armenia, Germany, and France: four countries with complex, special bonds; four points of view on the idea of reconciliation, on the means necessary to protect or provoke it; a common realisation that without reconciliation, no shared future is possible. It is not necessary to always have the same point of view ; no one can prevent us from becoming more intelligent.