ASSITEJ South Africa and ASSITEJ Belgium are joining forces to facilitate research opportunities and international collaboration in theatre for young audiences, working with artists interested in cross-cultural exchange. The Cradle ReWired project will explore: How work may be presented in real life, using innovative means, and when audiences are not able to engage normally with theatre/theatre spaces.
The programme will happen through digital engagement and mutual exploration between paired artists from South Africa and Belgium.
The project will examine the notion of ‘theatricality’ and what components are needed or invented to bring an audience into a theatrical experience, and when some or all of the usual theatre elements may not be possible. It will provide insights into the realities within which artists live and work within their paradigms, and in so doing, broaden the scope for possibilities within the work itself.
The application will take place in three rounds. First, a networking and learning process will bring together up to 30 applicants for conversations and workshops (activities September – October 2021). 12 artists will then be selected to refine their ideas further in pairs or trios (November 2021 – January 2022). Each participating artist will receive a fee of 500 euros for their participation in this stage. In the final round, one or two proposals will be selected to receive a production budget of up to 12,000 EUR to present a collaboration at the Cradle of Creativity (at the Market Theatre, South Africa, August 2022) and/or in their respective countries.
Artists working in South Africa (Members of Assitej SA) or Belgium (Flemish and/or French-speaking) Artists who are interested in making theatre for young audiences are eligible to apply.