New Geographies for a Cross-Cultural Europe

A three-year international project exploring intercultural exchange between European citizens and newcomers through performing arts, creative processes, and collaborative research study


The project Atlas of Transitions ended in December 2020. This exciting three-year adventure produced 63 intercultural workshops, 14 new interdisciplinary productions between theater, film, dance, storytelling and visual arts, 10 festivals and action-research experiences thanks to the collaboration of cultural institutions and universities in seven European countries.
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What is the role of performing arts in challenging the dominant narratives and imaginary on migration? And, specifically, how can performing arts support diversity in European cities? Through different research and curatorial experiences lead along Atlas of Transitions project, the volume offers new insights on the ways in which artistic practices build spaces of resistance, forms of subversion, and counter-hegemonic discourses on migration.
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Which relations and practices can be interwoven between the artistic field and academic research? How they mutually nurture themselves? Our French partner, Le Channel Scène National De Calais, in collaboration with the University of Lille, has tried to answer some of these questions. The results are collected in the new issued paperwork - Porositès - which investigates concept as caring, shelter, exile, and borders. Check it out!
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The docu-Film Monuments of Conflict & Convergence by Motus Terrae, has just been released. Discover more about Lavrio city identity, its history and people migration stories. Watch it here or visit Atlas of Transitions' YouTube channel.
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Performing Resistance | Dialogues on Arts, Migration, Inclusive cities

From June 16th to 20th 2020, Performing Resistance, a series of online talks, lectures and meetings featuring scholars, curators and international artists aimed at exploring the relationship between arts, migrations and citizenship, has virtually taken place. If you missed some live sessions, here all the lecture recordings are at your free and complete disposal. Check it out!
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Transforming places into narratives

Film director Anna de Manincor talks about ZimmerFrei's work during the last phase of the storytelling workshops and production of the "Saga" documentary film series to be released in June 2020.
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Women poetry: revealing unspoken struggles

Antonella Sinopoli and Gabriele Lippi talked to Ugandan spoken word poet Carolyne Afroetry about the creative process behind her work and the condition of women in Uganda.
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The state of weightlessness of migrant caregivers in Italy

The suspended world of Samantha Cristoforetti and the burden to bear of an elderly care giver, far away from her home country. Weight and the absence of gravity, the two faces of the same coin that Estonian artist Kristina Norman is trying to fathom with her new docu-performance 'Lighter Than Woman', presented for the first time in July 2019 at Santarcangelo Festival. What follows from talking about feminine emancipation in Italy? And how do “badanti” - socially invisible figures – appear in an Italian contest?
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