This is what we share
4+4 Days in Motion International Festival of Contemporary Art with a special focus on children and youth by Dutch and Flemish artists and experts
This is what we share. This is the motto through which Flanders and the Netherlands present themselves as the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse in 2016 from 19 till 23 October. Flanders and the Netherlands share a language, a history and a rich literature. This year, they are jointly giving special attention to Dutch literature and culture for children and youth – not only in Germany, but also in the Czech Republic.
Within the framework of this Dutch-Flemish cultural cooperation, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Delegation of Flanders are working together with several partners in the Czech Republic. The highlight of this initiative is the cooperation with the 4+4 Days in Motion Festival (30 September – 8 October). This year´s programme will offer a special focus on Dutch and Flemish theatre for children and youth.
The performances for children and youth by the following ensembles are on the festival’s programme: Julian Hetzel, Robbert&Frank/Frank&Robbert and TAMTAM. In a roundtable discussion, experts from Flanders (Kristof Blom, Campo Ghent, and Els De Bodt, Het Paleis Antwerp) and other countries will discuss the roles and forms of art for children and youth within the context of societal changes.
As third item of the “Dutch-Flemish focus on youth”, we are preparing a Czech translation of Characteristics of and evolutions in the performing arts for children and youth in Flanders (an essay by Delphine Hesters in “Perspective: Young audiences”, Flanders Arts Institute). This essay will be presented by Ms Hesters during the 4+4 Days in Motion Festival.
In its 20-year history, the 4+4 Days in Motion Festival has presented more than 400 Czech and foreign ensembles or individuals engaged in all areas of contemporary art: theatre, dance, music, fine art, film, video art, etc. Through its projects, the festival has brought to life a large number of unconventional places in Prague.
Sunday Oct 2 / 17:00, Studio Hrdinů, Prague
Objektentheater TAMTAM (The Netherlands): Rusty Nails & Other Heroes
A performance for parents and children (6+), no language barrier
Welcome to a world where anything can change anytime into anything. This poetic, animated performance will transport you into the world of playfulness that we so easily forget about in adulthood. It is a world where pieces of string, rusty nails, old rubber gloves, and pieces of wood can become adorable action heroes. More info: www.tamtamtheater.nl
Wednesday Oct 5 / 16:00 – 18:00, Municipal Buildings, Prague
The roles and forms of art for children and youth within the context of societal changes
A roundtable discussion in English
Experts from Flanders (Kristof Blom, artistic director, Campo Arts Centre Ghent, and Els De Bodt, Director, Het Paleis, a theatre for children, young people and performing artists in Antwerp) and other countries discussing the topic “The roles and forms of art for children and youth within the context of societal changes”.
Presentation of the Czech translation of “Characteristics of and evolutions in the performing arts for children and youth in Flanders” (Delphine Hesters in “Perspective: Young audiences”, Flanders Arts Institute). Translation and publishing supported by the Theatre Institute in Prague.
Wednesday Oct 5 / 18:30, Ponec – dance venue, Prague
Robbert&Frank / Frank&Robbert (Flanders): To Break: The Window of Opportunity
A performance for parents and children (8+), no language barrier
The performance is filled with robust, simple materials like pieces of wood scattered on an abandoned plain. Here and there are pieces of iron and some plastic. Otherwise, all is emptiness. Is this the wilderness we all long for? Are we in Saudi Arabia, in Arizona, or on some deserted beach?
The landscape is constantly changing; all these simple, colorful objects could be played with to show all the (im)possibilities of theater. There is a wooden cow, a talking sculpture, a ladder, a suitcase, and a toy car. More info: www.campo.nu
Thursday Oct 6 / 19:30, Ponec – dance venue, Prague
Julian Hetzel (The Netherlands / Germany): I’m Not Here Says The Void
A performance for all ages, no language barrier
There is always something swept under the carpet, always some kind of skeleton in the closet. You hear strange noises, the floor shakes – and so do you. Two performers explore black holes and unexpected empty spaces, which they see as the beginning of a journey into the unknown. It is a performance about what is missing, about absence, about all the things that are not here – and thus are all the more present, all the more wanted. This dark visual poem, which combines elements of visual theater, dance, sculpture, and minimalist electronic music, will take you on a journey through matter. More info: http://julianhetzel.schnigg.com/
FOUR DAYS ASSOCIATION - www.ctyridny.cz
DELEGATION OF FLANDERS IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC - www.flanders.cz