“Should I stay or should I go?” is a two-year interdisciplinary project in which five theatre companies from Germany, Sweden, France, Austria and Slovenia join to establish collective storytelling as a model of international cooperation and cultural exchange.
Improvisation is a theatre technique and philosophy, collective storytelling is its wider form – it can be used and developed as a method to improve interpersonal communication and cooperation in other art fields, education, science, social sector, politics. The project partners will expand their know-how in the field of collective storytelling beyond their theatrical practice and make it accessible for broader international audiences by spreading it to different media and art forms. Thus, the project stimulates European integration and intercultural dialogue.
The projects topic “Should I stay or should I go” questions the role of places and geographical affiliation for people’s lifes and self-images by artists researching this question in and with different local communities. They will develop connections between the collected single stories to create one big story.
This is an inter-media project which transforms and expands theatrical performance into a feature film done collectively by five directors in five countries with an international cast traveling from one place to another. It is inspired by the results of the research and developed through live performance events in all five countries.
To ensure the transmission of the artistic experience and the sustainability of the work, the project includes workshops and a book on collective storytelling. Besides, the making-of and the idea of the project will be made available as a documentary.
“Should I stay or should I go?” builds international connections and intercultural encounters between artists, organizations, working sectors, audiences and local communities. It makes them move and thus helps them understand where they stay and where they want to go.
Premiera filma Should I stay or should I go?