Art Climate Transition
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Creative Europe Programme
of the European Union
Theater Rotterdam Rotterdam

Theater Rotterdam


The Netherlands

Theater Rotterdam is the city theatre of Rotterdam. We present every year around 500 productions of theatre, music, opera, youth theatre, festivals and dance. We invite a diverse and urban audience to our own three venues, offer our hall as a commons, and present artistic productions on site, throughout the city.

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In 2017 a merger of four theatre organizations in Rotterdam resulted in Theater Rotterdam. A city theatre, first of its kind in the Netherlands. 

Theater Rotterdam allows to be more than a station where companies pass from time to time. In addition to unconventional programming where quality is paramount, we also create new work ourselves. Young talent has a special role to play in this. With our own Productiehuis we support emerging artists in building their career, allowing them to develop skills and feed their artistic work with engagement and activism. In addition to these emerging artists, 13 artists and collectives were in diverse ways connected to Theater Rotterdam. For the coming four years a new artistic perspective will be built, on the foundations that were created in the recent years.

The themes of diversity and generosity are at the heart of our working. Theater Rotterdam celebrates the difference, the diversity and the change. We don’t want to harmonize, equalize, but add things up and literally create space, a lab. We belief that emphasising differences lead to new thoughts, imaginaries, perspectives. It enables ‘Moglichkeitsdenken’, as Robert Musil calls it.

“Nobody lives everywhere; everybody lives somewhere. Nothing is connected to everything; everything is connected to something.” Donna Haraway

In the past period we have been partner in the Imagine2020 project. We have built with our Club Imagine a community of engaged and committed ‘agents of change’, crossing the borders of science, philosophy, long term policies and instant action. We developed with our artists a wider understanding of the idea of ecology. Find it in the constellations of Lotte van den Berg’s work, the generation Z of Zarah Bracht, in the non-human agencies that are explored in the work of Boogaerdt/Van der Schoot. We value the possibility of connecting this artistic development to a wider European discourse on the connection of artistic activism with ecological awareness. The deepening of the agenda that ACT proposes, connects this for us even more to the deeply rooted local issues of inequality and injustice in our world-city. It gives hope to connect this with artistic practices and tactics throughout Europe.

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Theater Rotterdam Rotterdam
1 Sep 2020 - 5 Sep 2020

The Careful Re-Encounter #1

On Transition

If the current situation teaches us anything, it is that we should never make the distance
between us so big that we cannot longer find our way back. Under the artistic leadership of Alida Dors, Theater Rotterdam is developing a program with the overarching theme: The Careful Re-Encounter. The opening parcours has the theme TRANSITION, in which TR artists-in-residency co-curate and execute their contributions.

Theater Rotterdam Rotterdam
15 Sep 2020 - 19 Sep 2020

Art of Performing Week

International Programme curated by Dave Schwab

AoPW is an international performing arts programme curated by TR programmer dance / performance Dave Schwab. In the newly created format, designed hand in hand with COVID-19 restrictions, theater makers create an alternative artistic proposal. Since most international artists can’t be present and perform physically, the challenge is to curate / act / create under the new circumstances. The invited artists are: Florentina Holzinger, Jan Martens, Hooman Sharifi, Rodrigo Batista.

Theater Rotterdam Rotterdam
16 Sep 2020 - 16 Oct 2020

Welcome To Our Guesthouse

Artist-in-Residency Programme by Production house Theater Rotterdam

Production house Theater Rotterdam is the research and development department of Theater Rotterdam. By programming WTOG they aim at understanding how a new generation of theater makers work and which topics inspire them. Thus, Production house creates living and working space in the city of Rotterdam, fostering the development of research and creation processes of critical theatre makers.

Theater Rotterdam Rotterdam
7 Oct 2020 - 18 Oct 2020


By Boogaerdt / VanderSchoot

ANTIBODIES is an archaeological ritual from a possible future, a futuristic seance which summons Lucy 2.0 on the basis of her Google Search assignments from the year 2020. This project is, just as Headroom and Botanical Wasteland, part of the Future Fossils series, a tentacular art project about digital creatures in a “non-human” era. Thus, it is part of Warming Up Festival by Theater Rotterdam.

Theater Rotterdam Rotterdam
14 Oct 2020 - 18 Oct 2020

Warming Up Festival

eco-feminine programme

This is a program about climate, art and democracy in collaboration with the Dutch initiative ‘Impact Makers’. For Theater Rotterdam, encountering and imagination are crucial for connecting different people around the climate issues. Thus, the festival focuses on the works of female artists with a strong position in the debate on social and ecological issues, researching new scenarios or offering platforms for alternative communication.

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