The cultural identity of the Europeans is multiple, complex, contradictory – and yet, as recognizable as the red thread that runs throughout our history. Giorgio Strehler
The Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe has played a leading role in the fight for a certain ideal of European culture. An ideal which is still largely inspired by values inherited from the Enlightment, but needs today to be rethought and reinvented in the light of the present. These efforts form an important part of our activities.
The Odéon’s international activities:
Not only does the Odéon present many foreign production in its two venues. At the European level, it also acts as partner and coproducer of several projects.
The Odéon is an active member of this association of some of the leading European theatrical institutions. Its main objective is to help European professionals meet and share their experience in their respective fields, so as to work together on common topics and compare their know-how, putting it into proper perspective.
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The Odéon is a member of Prospero, a European network which comprises nine European theatres and one media and is co-financed by the EU’s Creative Europe programme.
Prospero pursues three objectives:
– to create or coproduce shows and to organize their tours
– to enhance audience development
– to create a digital platform where filmed performances and other material will be released online as of 2022
Selected shows since 2021:
Fraternité, conte fantastique (Fraternity, A Fantastic Tale) by Caroline Guiela Nguyen, associate artist at the Odéon (the recording of the show will be online in July 2022 on the Prospero website); Tystnaden (The Silence), after Ingmar Bergman, a show by the company Dead Centre at the Göteborgs Stadsteater; Imagine by Krystian Lupa at the Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw; The woman who stood by Bobo Jelčić at the Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb.