CONTACT ZONES performing arts in urban space is an international and cross-disciplinary project: its aim is to create contact and interaction between performing arts, non-conventional venue and people.
In the 2015/2016 the project was supported by the EU Commision for its first edition.
The Second Edition of Contact Zones is co-funded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and it takes place from 29/10 /2018 to 29/02/ 2020.
3 countries are involved in the project: Italy, Germany, Denmark.
Contact Zones is promoted by: Ondadurto Teatro (Italy), Margine Operativo (Italy), Protagon (Germany), Danig performing arts service (Denmark).
Contact Zones is defined as the space in which transculturation takes place – where different cultures meet and inform each other, often in highly asymmetrical ways. A Contact Zone allows people from different backgrounds to interact and break down cultural boundaries. When a contact zone is established, people are able to gain a new perspective because they are able to interact with people of different cultures.
Crossbreeding / Boundaries / Trespassing are the key words around which Contact Zones revolves.
Crossbreeding in art (and life) acts reorganizing the spaces of action, enabling the emergence of new practices of cooperation, new trans-national and trans-local cultural expressions: and all these new forms require and evoke new perspectives and a new cultural imaginaries.
Contact Zones proposes to cross borders: mental and physical borders could be rewritten / redraw again in order to establish a “new EU era”, where community, sustainable and beauty are the keywords.
The dialogue between dance / theatre / contemporary circus / visual art / street art / music became the challenge of Contact Zones that wants creating a new “andando”.
Contact Zones propose artistic residencies, performances, site-specific, workshops, symposia and actions of audience development.
Contact Zones aims to contribute to the sustainable development of cities, generating “good practice” through cooperation between arts.
Spaces redefined by urban transformation – such as pedestrian zones, squares, market places, cultural centers, and unconventional venues – where it is possible to reach a new and enlarged audience, which will be completely renovated by the “use” of the artistic events.
Urban spaces will be changed and transformed: Contact Zones is a dialogue, developed through different forms, aesthetics and experimentations, in order to build up new visions and to suggest unpredictable answers.