This transnational cooperation is funded by Pro Helvetia and deals with questions of cultural origin and its significance. The aim is to expand the already existing collaboration between Maike Lex (Schlachthaus), Manuel Bürgin (Winkelwiese), JetonNeziraj (Qendra Multimedia) with Andras Urban (KosztolányiDezső) and other partners from Western Balkans in order to enable a sustainable artistic cooperation beyond mere project work. The focus is on the question of how different life experiences, artistic convictions, cultural imprints and not least languages can be overcome in order to develop a transnational production with the necessary time and care.
Alexandra Portmann, Dramaturge and project Coordination
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What does it mean to live or have grown up in different countries? How does this transcultural mobility shape our daily life? What does «home»actually mean? These questions are investigated by the project «The Albanians, the Serbs, the Hungarian, the Swiss and some other little details Or WHERE IS HOME?» – a cooperation between Schlachthaus Theater (Bern), Theater Winkelwiese (Zurich), Qendra Multimedia (Kosovo) and KosztolányiDezső (Serbia).
Over the next four years theatre makers living or originating from Switzerland, Kosovo and Serbia want to set the course for a cross-linguistic and cross-cultural cooperation in order to prepare two theatre productions in 2020 and 2021. The artistic workshop «Where is home?»in Prishtina (Kosovo) marks the starting point for this long-term cooperation.
Experiences of biographical and professional mobility, multilingualism and interculturalism are a global phenomenon and especially virulent in the countries of the Western Balkans. Since the early 1990s the region has experienced an exponentially increasing migration movement: for instance almost 50,000 people from Serbia still leave the country for Western Europe or overseas every year. Furthermore, Kosovo is nowadays experiencing the highest migration to Western Europe since the war twenty years ago. But what are the reasons to leave the country of origin behind? Or vice versa: What are the reasons to return?