Art Climate Transition
Co-funded by the
Creative Europe Programme
of the European Union
Theater Rotterdam Rotterdam

Theater Rotterdam

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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Our focus
  • #DECOLONISATION
  • #NEW-RADICALISATION
  • #community
  • #NEW – RITUALS
  • #activism

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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articles

#learning to impact Davy Pieters: we are shocked into thinking
Davy Pieters: we are shocked into thinking

By Arie Lengkeek & Jacco van Uden

#collection europe take care
take care

By Arie Lengkeek

#localising Becoming-World
Becoming-World

By Rosi Braidotti

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activities

#localising #localising
Theater Rotterdam Rotterdam
17 Jun 2021 - 26 Nov 2021

DO NOT LOOK BACK WITH REGRET

By Davy Pieters

Last year, more than ever before, we were confronted by our mortality. The vulnerability of a body, but also of life on earth itself, was visible everywhere. In DO NOT LOOK BACK WITH REGRET, director Davy Pieters invites you to consider this. ‘It’s about seeing what we don’t want to see. Our relationship with mortality is not the same as 18 months ago. How do we relate to loss? How do we create the space to stop and process it?’

 

#localising #localising
Theater Rotterdam Rotterdam
3 Nov 2021 - 6 Nov 2021

Welcome To Our Guesthouse 2021

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY PROGRAMME BY PRODUCTION HOUSE THEATER ROTTERDAM

Welcome To Our Guesthouse  is the beating heart of Production House Theater Rotterdam. Welcome To Our Guesthouse  is a warm and heartfelt welcome to makers who think across borders, both geographically and artistically. It is also an invitation to the public to become acquainted with and be part of the processes of carefully researching artists who value social engagement. The overarching theme of this year’s edition is Illumination in Darkness.

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