Slate World

Slate World is transnational partnership promoting the visibility and mobility of Black artists, and fellow artists who are also marginalised for their race. across Europe. Led by Eclipse Theatre with partners Theater De Meervaart, ICK Amsterdam and Teatro Griot, the two year prgoramme will open-up new potentials in programming, audience development, digitisation and cultural exchange. We are now in our final year.

This partnership’s programme features intra-European training and opportunities for Black artists, public events, and the commissioning of new Black work – all culminating in a European tour of an existing production that explores Black European Identity.

In committing to two years of research, development and delivery, Slate will enable the European performing arts sector to begin to build a truly diverse and inclusive network to urgently address the barriers that currently exclude Black audiences and artists from participating in arts and culture and identifying with the European image.

To read an article about the Creative Europe 'Cooperations Projects' funding that supports this programme, click here.

Our partners…

Theater De Meervaart
Based in Amsterdam, Theater De Meervaart is driven by the continuous ambition to make all residents of Amsterdam New-West shareholders in its activities. In addition to paying attention to the actual reality, space is also given to dreams, fears, desires and imagination.

By focusing on cultural participation, cultural education and presentation of the performing arts, we facilitate cultural acquaintance, discussion and reflection. We want to be the home of New-West where mutual respect, curiosity and the breaking down of cultural thresholds are central.

ICK Amsterdam has an essential part in the above ambitions as one of the 4 resident companies of Theater De Meervaart focusing on dance and dance development.

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Teatro GRIOT

Based in Lisbon, Teatro GRIOT is a company of actors that explore themes around building and questioning the multiplicities of emerging contemporary European identity, and how it reflects on speech and theatrical aesthetics. The company investigates and deepens concepts related with the existing tension between collective and individual memory, collective and individual imaginary. It operates in those memory cracks that allows forgotten perspectives of history to gain visibility.

The company has taken to the stage texts by Wole Soyinka, Pepetela, Breyten Breytenbach, William Shakespeare, Lynn Nottage, Aeschylus, Al Berto and Jean Genet, directed by Rogério de Carvalho, Nuno M. Cardoso, Guilherme Mendonça, Bruno Bravo, António Pires, João Fiadeiro and Zia Soares. 

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Year one…

Our first year of activity is dedicated to the training and development of six Artists and Enablers, who will attend a roaming residency course in each of the partner countries. These three weeks will be spent with the project partners and facilitators, taking on key themes and addressing subject matters of sustainability, audience development, building local networks and developing exceptional new work that utilises the untapped source of the Black European experience.

Artists and Enablers:

Ella Mesma, Artist (UK)
Melanie Abrahams, Enabler (UK)
Priscilla Macintosh, Enabler (Amsterdam)
Perry Gits, Artist (Amsterdam)
Alesa Herero, Enabler (Lisbon)
Lolo Aishatu Arziki, Artist (Lisbon)

Nuno Santos, Associate Enabler (Lisbon)
Herlander, Associate Artist (Lisbon)
Inês Barros, Associate Artist (Lisbon)

Residency key dates:

The first Slate World Residency happened in the North of England, 8 - 12 Jun. Here are some of the events that took place as part of it:

Social - Manchester, Sat 8 Jun
Social - Liverpool, Sun 9 Jun
Collaboration - with David Bryan MBA FRSA - Leeds, Mon 10 Jun
Technology and Resources Session - Leeds, Tues 11 Jun
Collaboration, Wellbeing and Legacy - Leeds, Tues 11 Jun
The Masks We Wear - Leeds, Wed 12 Jun

The second Slate World Residency took place in Amsterdam, 9 - 14 Sept. Here's an overview of the programme of events:

Mon 9 Sept
Meet at Bijlmer Parktheater to meet director Ernestine Comvalius
Meet at Bijlmer Parktheater: Walking tour in Southeast with Creative Producer Sharon Amritpersad

Tues 10 Sept
Meet at Meervaart Theatre to meet director Yassine Boussaid
Body dance workshop at ICK (DSDM method ICK dans Amsterdam)
Art Talk at ICK: philosophy from a non western perspective

Wed 11 Sept
Networking at “Tolhuistuin”, creative hub and performance centre: creatives meet the organisations.

Thur 12 Sept
Talk at Compagnie Theater with director Clayde Menso
Powerclass workshop at Compagnie Theater with Astrid Elburg

Fri 13 Sept
Producing masterclass at ICK (curating, programming and producing). Curatorial decision making and our responsibilities as cultural producers by Saundra Williams.

Sat 14 Sept
Slate Black Arts World artists performance at Fringe at ICK.

The final residency of Year One will take place in Lisbon: Tues 19 - Sat 23 Nov

Tues 19 Nov
 2 - 6pm: Sound Design Workshop with Chullage Hangar, Artistic Research Center
6.30 - 8.30pm Meet local artists, sharing experiences over cocktails and music from Dj DiDi Hangar, Artistic Research Center

Wed 20 Nov
2.30 - 7pm: Workshop of Dramatic Expression with Zia Soares, Auditorio da Casada Cultura

Thur 21 Nov
10am - 1pm: Workshop "lnsights: Emotions and Memories in a Black Body" with Psycologist Shenia Karlsson, Espaco Santa Catarina
3.30 - 5pm: Workshop of Freestyle, body control and house dance with Maurice CEA, Centro de Experimentacao Artistica

Fri 22 Nov
10am - 2pm: Workshop: "Poetry, race and gender: for an interseccional poetic writing", Espaco Tabanka Sul
3.15 - 6pm  Talk: "What is to be Black" with Yussef from collective Consciência negra and Cristina Roldão, Espaco Tabanka Sul
11pm: Concert with local artists and Sound System with Dj DiDi, Casa Mocamb

*Our definition of Black includes anyone who is marginalized for their race or ethnicity.

Photo credit: Ean Flanders (0 - 9), Angela Tellier (10 - 17)


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