ACTion: Heart of Europe
DEC 30, 2019 - JAN 25, 2020
ACTion: Heart of Europe is a 26 day journey across Czechia and Slovakia, culminating in a festival of performances in the capital city of Bratislava.
THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO:
Amplify often unheard voices through DAT’s Community Storytelling Project
Explore diverse cultures and terrain
Workshop with local experts, artists, and theatre companies
Engage with local communities through arts education and service projects
Collaborate with professional artists in creation of new devised theatre pieces
Perform original pieces at ACTion Fest in Bratislava
You can expect to:
ACCLIMATE IN PRAGUE
Kick off the new year and a new adventure in one of Europe’s top destination cities: Prague, a place where cutting-edge art blooms amidst medieval towers. Explore endless exhibitions and historical sites on your way to visit classics such as the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, the Astronomical Clock, and the Dancing House—just to name a few. See a show at one of Prague’s world-renowned theatre companies with your cast and begin your own devised theatrical process with director-led rehearsals and workshops with DAT’s resident playwright. Prepare for upcoming service work with teaching artist workshops led by DAT’s education director as well as other training sessions led by DAT’s experienced team—all on-site in one of the greatest artistic hubs of Europe.
ENGAGE IN BRNO
After a scenic ride through Bohemia, arrive in historic Brno, a city famous for its impressive architecture and rich history as the capital of Moravia. Here, you’ll apply your teaching artist training in a one-day workshop with a local Roma “Gypsy” community. One of Europe’s most historically marginalized populations, the Romani make up Europe’s most disenfranchised community. Their rich culture exists today amidst striking poverty, with Eastern Slovakia (where we’ll head next) representing some of the worst conditions in Europe. To further contextualize our impending community storytelling project work, we’ll also explore Roma historical and contemporary life at Brno’s Museum of Romani Culture, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Roma culture and fighting racism and xenophobia.
FACILITATE STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS IN A ROMA VILLAGE
Leave the city behind for the majestic peaks of the High Tatra Mountains, where each cast will settle in at one of three Roma communities in Eastern Slovakia. Casts will work closely with DAT’s longstanding partner, ETP Slovensko, an organization that empowers Roma communities through job training and arts education. DAT actors will engage in a series of workshops with local youth designed to facilitate the process of writing, directing, and performing original theatre pieces for local communities. Some casts will also work with Slumdog Theatre, a small company dedicated to creating and touring theatre pieces that represent issues facing the Romani. In addition, casts will have the opportunity to engage in other types of service work, both designed and led by each local community.
TOUR EASTERN SLOVAKIA
On the way to your next destination, tour some of the major sites of Eastern Slovakia, such as breathtaking Spiš Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is one of the largest castles in all of Central Europe. Also visit the charming town of Levoča, a village still surrounded by its ancient walls that’s known for its ornately decorated St. James Church, home of the largest wooden gothic altar in all of Europe. This masterpiece was carved by Slovakian folk hero, Master Pavel, whose incredible wooden sculptures are also featured in a local museum dedicated to his work.
REHEARSE IN ŽDIAR
After some much needed R&R, arrive in the beautiful mountain town of Ždiar. The fresh air and beautiful views of this pastoral setting make it the perfect place for both rehearsing and relaxing. Your time here will be split between horse drawn sleigh rides, gazing at the stalactites of Belianska Cave, playing in the mountain snow, and rehearsing your theatre pieces.
FINALIZE IN BRATISLAVA
Travel to Slovakia’s thriving capital city of Bratislava, where you’ll finalize the technical elements of your devised piece. While in Bratislava, you’ll also get a chance to relax amidst the Old Town’s cobblestoned streets, 18th Century rococo buildings, bustling holiday market, and lively café culture.
PERFORM IN BRATISLAVA @ ACTion FEST!
All participants of ACTion: Heart of Europe will perform their final pieces at ACTion Fest in Bratislava. This roaming, cross-cultural festival of short plays is designed to celebrate the spirit of adventure. The final plays developed by each cast will reflect their unique experiences in the Heart of Europe and will raise awareness for the needs of the community and the work of our partner organization in this region.
WHEN IS THIS HAPPENING?
We will travel across Czechia & Slovakia from Dec 30, 2019 to Jan 25, 2020.
This includes festival performances in Bratislava, Jan 22 - 24, 2020.
ACTion: Heart of Europe will return again in January of 2024.
COST OF PARTICIPATION
Artists: $6500 USD*
This amount includes:
International roundtrip airfare from NYC (for other major hubs, please contact us)
Lodging for all 26 nights in Europe
All ground transportation
All scheduled activities, including workshops with master teachers (your days are full)
A daily food per diem (to cover all meals)
NOTE: Due to the nature of this project, there are no refunds. For a more detailed breakdown, contact email@example.com.
*GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR DAT ALUMNI
We are currently able to offer a small number of ACTion grants, ranging from $500 - $2000 USD.
TO APPLY: Email firstname.lastname@example.org and state your case why you deserve the grant. In 200 words or less, discuss the value of your previous dramatic adventure and what you hope to bring to this ACTion experience. Apply early. The deadline for the first round of grant applications is October 15. These grants are strictly for DAT alumni artists and must be applied towards the cost of participation.
CREDIT AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS
We are more than happy to work with you and your home institution to set up an independent study, practicum, or internship for this experience. For more details, email email@example.com.
UNIVERSITY FACULTY INTERESTED IN BRINGING YOUR STUDENTS?
Let DAT provide you and your students with an engaging and enriching experience abroad — already designed to fit in most January Terms or Winter Breaks. We’re happy to customize a study abroad experience to meet the needs of your institution. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ready for a dramatic adventure?
We are carefully selecting actors from across the U.S. and around the world.
We are looking for talented theatre artists who have a strong desire to engage with foreign cultures, explore devised theatre, and empower youth across the world. There are a total of 40 artist positions (actors, directors, writers, designers, stage managers) available for this year's expedition. Artists will be strategically placed in a cast based on their skill sets, personality, shared interests, and our particular casting needs. Each cast will consist of 1 director, 1 road manager/translator, and approximately 6 actors, writers, stage managers or designers.
Schedule your audition today!
Email email@example.com with your headshot/resume to take the first step on an incredible journey.