ISLAND CONNECT

A residency program for performing arts

ISLAND CONNECT is a collaborative program between seven performing arts organisations, working with residencies located on (or associated with) European islands of different countries. United in the project by a common interest in contributing to the creation and consolidation of performing arts, the network partners of the international exchange residency program, wish to address an important ambition. The project aims to support the artists and arts companies in their personal and professional development within the project’s framework, and therefore is launching these open calls.

Island Connect II (2024-2026) is a further evolution of the project, funded by Creative Europe, and will announce three open calls per year of the three-year project.

Theme: All artists wishing to participate will be asked to critically engage with the themes of insularity, islander identities or island socio-political realities in a wider European context comparing the similarities and difficulties that emerge from diverse island regions of the project. Working on something related to these themes is a vital part of participating in the project. Artists are not required to have an existing project in development, and new proposals are equally welcome.

Artists are encouraged to interact with the island area and community. Artists’ work-in-progress presentations are organised at the end of each residency and presentations of finished works of selected artistic companies can be performed at partners’ festivals. All presentations are followed by an artist-audience feedback session.

The objective is to provide the artists with a much-needed space for research and free experimentation, and time for reflecting and posing questions. At the same time, partners’ artistic directors may provide them with specialised feedback and dramaturgical advice. This is facilitated through fully-funded residencies for each of the artistic companies.

  • The residencies will take place across seven islands (Bornholm – Denmark, Vis – Croatia, Ireland, Mallorca, Corsica, Sardinia, or Tenerife) at different times throughout 2024-26.
  • The length of the residencies will be two weeks with a work-in-progress presentation of the work by the end of the term.
  • The residencies provide and ensure both working and living conditions which include: working venue/space and basic technical conditions at a selected island community, paid pre-arranged accommodation (twin rooms), local and international travel expenses to residency and capacity building locations, travel expenses to the residency, per diems, and fee.
  • Local partners of the Island Connect network may organise presentations of finished works of selected artistic companies.
  • Participants must complete their residencies as scheduled plus the SpringLab. 
  • The project deals with themes of insularity and isolation, and the rural location of the residencies may contribute to this feeling for artists.

SpringLab – Capacity Building Workshops

The Island Connect program will be complemented each year by a 5-day SpringLab. The first SpringLab is in Vis, Croatia, from April 2nd – 8th 2024. A person responsible for artistic direction from each selected company will be invited to join the workshop with the aim of providing the companies with tools for the development, creativity and sustainability of their artistic projects. The workshop has two parts; one on project development and dramaturgy, and one on one personal leadership. There may also be seminars from guest speakers.

SpringLab is a vital component of the Island Connect project, offering valuable professional development to artists at no cost. This free training is a mandatory part of the program for one artist from each selected company, from all three Open Calls.

    Open Call #1 – Artistic Residency Exchange 2024

    This call is now closed until December 2024.

    This call is open to artists or groups/companies of up to 3 artists. Each artist/group will receive 2 weeks of residency in their country of origin or domicile. They will then be sent to a partner country for a further 2 weeks of residency.  During these weeks of residency, they may share the space with another group of artists, to encourage networking and exchange.

    This call is open to artists who have a performative element to their work or consider themselves to be in the performing arts.

    Artists/companies will receive a total of €1200 per 2-week residency (€2400 total) regardless of group size, and per diems of €50* per person. Accommodation and travel is provided.

    *Croatian artists receive per diems of €28 while in Croatia.

    APPLICATION PROCESS UNIQUE TO THIS CALL: 

    –    a written (250 words max.) or video (2 mins max) explanation of why you want to go to this particular residency centre/country

    The other standard application requirements are listed below.

    Open Call #2 – Co-Creation Residency 2024

    This call is now closed until December 2024.

    This call is for 1 performing arts creator from each of our regions (except Denmark) to attend a joint co-creation residency on the island of Bornholm June 17th-23rd 2024. The residency will be hosted by BIRCA and facilitated by BIRCA’s director Susanne Danig in collaboration with Danish-based performance maker Ilon Lodewijks.

    The focus of the call is artists in the performing arts field who want to work with the theme of island identity/insularity and want to develop ideas in a co-creative residency. We are interested in artists who have experience in working collaboratively and an interest in the aforementioned theme. You will be working closely with the other selected artists in a site-specific way and in dialogue with the surroundings (local population/environment) of Bornholm to investigate and develop ideas for future projects on these themes.

    This call is open to a wider field of people working in the arts, and is not just for performers.

    Each artist will be paid €800, per diems of €50 per day during the residency, and travel will be covered. BIRCA will provide accommodation and working space. See BIRCA website for more context: https://www.birca.org/en/.

    Click below for further details on the process of this Co-Creation Residency.
    Process

    Before the residency we will have 2 Zoom meetings (times to be agreed on) focused on introducing BIRCA/the artists and on the work process and tools for co-creation. 

    The residency at BIRCA 17-23/6 will focus on brainstorming ideas and forming suggestions for projects to proceed with. The target will be to come up with at least one idea to proceed with – could be with all 7 or it could be a couple of ideas with groups of 2-5 artists.

     At the end of the residency, we will have an online presentation of the developed ideas for all partners with an idea for the production process. The Island Connect partners then will agree on what to support for further production and presentation.

     Phase 2 of the project starts 1/10-24 and can stretch into 2025 based on what was agreed. This phase will include final presentations in different locations.

     This process means that you will be paid for the brainstorming and forming of ideas in the joint work and that there is a possibility of proceeding with these ideas and getting paid for further work, but no guarantee from Island Connect nor obligations on your part either.

    SELECTION PROCESS UNIQUE TO THIS CALL: 

    – We select artists based on experience and ideas, but also to ensure we put together a diverse group of creators. 

    The other standard application requirements are listed below.

    Open Call #3 – Islander Focus Residency 2024

    This call is now open – closing date February 29th 2024.

    This open call is for one artist, who will be sent internationally to two separate residencies of two weeks each. These residencies may also include locations outside of the seven core partner countries which may only be to one location. 

    This call is open to a wider field of artists beyond just the performing arts, such as writers, photographers, etc. or anyone who believes they can engage with the aforementioned theme of the project to produce new research or work. 

    The artist will receive a fee of €600 per 2-week residency (€1200 total) and per diems of €50* (€1400 total). Accommodation and travel is provided.

    The standard application requirements are listed below.

     

    It is normally expected that all artists attend the Springlab, however due to the short notice of open call #3 in this first year of the project, we may make an exception if an artist cannot attend. Please specify in your application if you can or cannot attend.

    *Croatian artists receive per diems of €28 while in Croatia.

    Residency Schedules 

    Click below to read more.

    For 2024 certain cross-country residencies have been scheduled. Please select the country you are based in to see what your available options are.

    One member of each selected company will attend the Springlab in Vis, Croatia (April 2 – 8, 2024).

    For artists based in Balearic Islands

    Open Call 1:  Closed

    Open Call 2:  Closed

    Open Call 3:  Bornholm, Denmark (9th-22nd September (+/- a week)) and Saaremaa, Estonia (12th-25th August)

    One member of each selected company will attend the Springlab in Vis, Croatia.

    For artists based in Croatia

    Open Call 1:  Closed

    Open Call 2:  Closed

    Open Call 3:  Corsica (April, May or September) and Mallorca (8th July – 4th August)

    One member of each selected company will attend the Springlab in Vis, Croatia.

    For artists based in Denmark

    Open Call 1:  Closed

    Open Call 2:  Closed

    Open Call 3:  Saaremaa, Estonia (12-25th August) and Corsica (April, May or September)

    Open Call 3 is open to artists based in Bornholm for this round.

    One member of each selected company will attend the Springlab in Vis, Croatia.

    For artists based in Ireland

    Open Call 1:  Closed

    Open Call 2:  Closed

    Open Call 3:  Not available in 2024, will be available in 2025 and 2026

    One member of each selected company will attend the Springlab in Vis, Croatia.

    For artists based in Sardegna or Italy

    Open Call 1:  Closed

    Open Call 2:  Closed

    Open Call 3:  Greenland (15th-28th July) and Tenerife (9th – 22nd September)

    One member of each selected company will attend the Springlab in Vis, Croatia.

    For artists based in Corsica or France

    Open Call 1:  Closed

    Open Call 2:  Closed

    Open Call 3:  Limerick, Ireland (Flexible, probably July) and Vis, Croatia (April-July or September)

    One member of each selected company will attend the Springlab in Vis, Croatia.

    For artists based in Canary Islands

    Open Call 1:  Closed

    Open Call 2:  Closed

    Open Call 3:  Sardinia (15th – 28th July) and Mallorca (8th July – 4th August)

    One member of each selected company will attend the Springlab in Vis, Croatia.

    2024: For artists based in Greenland

    Open Call 1:  n/a

    Open Call 2:  n/a

    Open Call 3:  Limerick, Ireland (30th July – 13th August) and Sardinia (10th – 25th October)

    One member of each selected company will attend the Springlab in Vis, Croatia.

    2024: For artists based in Estonia

    Open Call 1:  n/a

    Open Call 2:  n/a

    Open Call 3:  Saaremaa, Estonia (12th-25th August) and Bornholm, Denmark (9th – 22nd September +/- a week)

    One member of each selected company will attend the Springlab in Vis, Croatia.

    Company Profiles and Residency Specifications 

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    To read more about the companies involved, and the specifications of the residency locations, please select a company below.

    BIRCA - Bækkelund International Residency Center for Artists (Bornholm, Denmark)

    BIRCA is located on the Danish island of Bornholm. BIRCA has different farmhouse buildings that have been renovated and modernized in order to provide optimal working and lodging facilities for national and international residencies. There are two big rehearsal studios and an atelier apartment with a first floor dormitory/studio in the stable building.

    BIRCA are situated in the middle of 3 hectares of land, beautiful fields with a small stretch of forest nearby, 3 km from the nearest little village. You will need to bicycle or take a bus to get around Bornholm.

    BIRCA is looking for residencies interested in working in the rural surroundings and investigating nature and the local setting, it can be within any genre of performance art. We will have two groups in residency at the same time.

    We expect that residency groups are interested in sharing processes and being in dialogue with each other. We live close together in a joint community and will work together on cooking and cleaning and we will dine together in the evenings.

    The residency at BIRCA includes the following items:

    • Free use of the white room (160 m2) or black (130 m2) for two weeks both equipment with new sound systems – we also have some basic lights and a projector that can be used.
    • Accommodation with 3 rooms for each group.
    • Access to kitchen, common areas, washing machine, internet
    • Transport to/from the airport or port and assistance in purchases of food.
    • Opportunity to present a work in progress and show local audiences the work, followed by a feedback session.

    You reach Bornholm via Copenhagen Airport, where you can either fly to the local airport of Bornholm or take bus/ferry over Sweden. For further info about the space, travel and practical info please visit the website: https://www.birca.org/en/

                           

     

    C.IN.E., Centre d'Investigació Escènica de Sineu (Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain)

    C.IN.E., Centre d’Investigació Escènica de Sineu (Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain)

    The C.IN.E. opened its doors in 2016 with the idea of hosting, provoking and promoting artistic processes. Nowadays, the Centre offers creative residencies for taking-risk companies, artists, groups or performing arts researchers who engage in innovative creations, mixing languages and collective contemporary creation. In the main space (the building had been a movie cinema), projects requiring height, with special attention to circus, are prioritized.

    The C.IN.E. has two different venues:
    . the Main Hall, a 200 square metre venue ideal for circus and large-format projects
    . the Boiler Hall, ideal for small-format projects and for developing dramaturgy

    Our goal is to host two Island Connect groups in residency at the same time; our vision for that is that the two collectives benefit from sharing processes and exchanging experiences with each other.

    The residency at C.IN.E. includes the following items:

    . Free use of the Main Hall for two weeks, in an agreed schedule shared with the local company: mornings (9:00-15:00) or afternoons/evenings (15:00-21:00). 200 sq metres and 10 m high, suitable for circus, aerial, physical theatre and large-format works.
    . Accommodation at the venue, up to 3 people: 32 m2 loft, open space with kitchen and access to rooftop terrace.
    . Free Wi-Fi.
    . Transport to/from the airport.
    . Opportunity to present a work-in-progress and show local audiences the work, followed by a feedback talk.

    For further info about the space visit the website: https://www.cinesineu.com/english/home

    The C.IN.E.’s associated local partners are: Teatre Principal de Palma, Consell de Mallorca and Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics

                           

    DOMINO (Zagreb, Croatia — residency on the island of Vis)

    Domino is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation based in Zagreb, Croatia, who’s programs focus on minority human rights (LGBTQI+), socio-political issues concerning the independent cultural scene, climate changes and transitional processes. Domino perceives independent scene as a space for developing critical social consciousness in the public and media space, consequently the organization produces and presents a range of artists working in performance art, theater and dance, enticing and promoting independent, experimental and research artistic authorship in the local artistic landscape and internationally. Sounded Bodies, Perforations and Queer Zagreb Season are the festivals Domino organizes for over 15 years in Croatia and abroad. Domino’s participation in Island Connect II project is based on island Vis and the city of Komiža.

    Residency space

    Name of the space: Spomen dom Komiža

    Address: Hrvatskih mučenika 17, Komiža, Hrvatska

    Description of the space:
    Spomen dom is a cultural center created in the time after World War II. It is a complex that housed the city administration, cinema and theater hall, art gallery and city library. It is located in the center of Komiža, with a modern, fully functional performance hall, works of art dedicated to those who died in World War 2.

    Transportation:
    – Transport to/from the airport to the residency space will be coordinated and organized by sending and hosting partner organization
    It is possible to get from the Airport Split to the ferry port in Split by bus, taxi, and public transport. A ferry and a catamaran run from the ferry port to Vis. The ride takes 1.25 hours by catamaran or 2.20 hours by ferry. Upon arrival at the port of Vis, Komiža can be reached by taxi or bus. The ride takes about 20 minutes.

    Accommodation:
    Accommodation will be organized in a 3-star hotel or in fully equipped apartments.

    Venue space:
    – Dimension of the performing space – approx. 10 m wide, 7 m deep, 4 m high
    – Basic technical theatre equipment – *specific needs can be discussed with the hosting partner
    – Floor – laminate
    – Number of seats for the audience – fixed seats, approx. 120 in the auditorium and 80 in the stands
    – Description of other venues (lectures, meetings) – “Boris Mardešić” Gallery for the purpose of holding meetings, lectures, and workshops; size approximately 120m2, with chairs and a piano.

    Our online presence
    Instagram: @this_is_a_domino_project

    Facebook:  Udruga Domino https://www.facebook.com/thisisadominoproject

    Youtube: Udruga Domino https://www.youtube.com/@udrugadomino1879

    Website: https://thisisadominoproject.org/

     

    Project is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs, The City of Zagreb, Foundation Kultura nova.

    For more information on Domino visit https://thisisadominoproject.org/

     

    Irish Aerial Creation Centre: The National Home for Aerial Arts (Limerick, Ireland)

    The Irish Aerial Creation Centre (IACC) is located in Limerick, Ireland. A national home and international hub where aerial artistic excellence can flourish, creative collaborations can grow, and where people from all walks of life can learn to fly and allow their creativity to soar.

    The IACC is home to Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company, the founders. The centre has over 650 square meters of space dedicated to nurturing artists and the community.

    IACC are situated 25 minutes drive/bus to Limerick City, 20 minutes walk to University of Limerick. We are situated in rural surroundings. We can accommodate all artists in apartments managed by University of Limerick on campus.  For accommodation on campus you can walk or hire a bike to move from IACC to accommodation and shops. You will need to hire a car, or take buses or use taxis to go further.

    The centre can accommodate all forms of aerial, acrobatics and dance. Priority may be given to aerial artists. We hope to have two groups in residency at the same time. We expect that residency groups are interested in sharing processes and being in dialogue with each other.

    The residency at IACC includes the following items:

    • Free use of space for two weeks. 650 sq metres and 9m high, suitable for aerial, and other circus and dance works.
    • Accommodation and place for 2 or 3 people at the University of Limerick
    • Access to fully equipped kitchen, common areas, internet, etc. We are 5 minutes drive from the nearest shopping center or 10 minutes cycle.
    • Opportunity to present a work-in-progress and show local audiences the work, followed by a feedback talk.

    You reach IACC via Dublin, Shannon or Cork Airport, hire car or use public transport on arrival and departure.

    For further info about the space visit the website: https://irishaerialcreationcentre.com/

    This project is funded by The Arts Council, and Limerick City and County Council.

     

    Laboratorio Artes Vivas (Tenerife, Spain)

    LAV (Spain) is a laboratory of mediation, creation and innovation in contemporary performing arts that develops residencies of artistic creation, social participation and critical thinking in collaboration with public administrations and other entities, operating throughout the Canary Islands territory.

    A project based on the utmost attention to collaborative relationships between artists, citizens and the context they operate in; to artistic creation as an agent of change and to the rethinking of the territory through artistic processes, supporting a shared custody and responsibility of cultural practices and policies as a guarantee of a co-imagined archipelago future based on co-leadership and politics of care.

    LAV aims to nourish the generation of a shared space of creation-mediation-action around Contemporary Performing Arts as a tool for the design of healthy models of citizen participation through:

    – The support of research in performing arts and citizenship.
    – The impact of artistic practice on the archipelago territory as a tool for cohesion, maturation and social well-being.
    – The intersectional care to artists and their processes from the recognition of their times, spaces and their specific needs for creation, research and contact with the territory.
    – The islands as a centre (and not as a periphery) for creation, research, thought and social participation in the regional, national and international context.
    – The promotion of multilateral and horizontal exchange relations between other spaces inside and outside Tenerife from the potential of ISLAND as a place for a feminist, dissident and decolonising exchange and learning context.

    LAV provides to the residents the following support:
    – Working space. We form alliances with different venues and public institutions of Tenerife, with whom we share objectives and desires in the projection of an emancipated society from the tools of the living arts. Therefore the venue for Island Connect’s selected artists is still to be decided, depending on availability and artists’ needs. We collaborate with:
    Espacio La Granja, Teatro Leal, Círculo de Bellas Artes de Tenerife and Desleal among others.

    – Accommodation. To be decided depending on the working space location.
    – Transport to/from the airport.

    – Opportunity to make a presentation “work-in-progress” and share the work to local audiences, followed by a feedback talk.
    – Logistics and PR through LAV and Island Connect II.

    For further information about us please visit: www.laboratorioartesvivas.org

    Instagram: @laboratorioartesvivas

    Sardegna Teatro (Sardegna, Italy)

    Teatro di Sardegna is the only TRIC, Theatre of Relevant Cultural Interest, in Sardinia.

    TDS, acknowledged by the Italian Ministry of Culture, as TRIC in 2015 and confirmed in 2018, supports artistic creation granting the artists a long-time rehearsal, to experiment with the cross-media fusions of new languages, socio-cultural contexts and manifold environments.

    TDS is committed to conveying a cultural scene that is not only artistic, aiming to take shape as a plural subject, capable of embodying multiple languages and of being a vehicle of educational opportunities.

    The presence in the territories is plural as well: in the main cities of Cagliari and Nuoro, TDS runs spaces inhabited by performances and installations both produced or hosted.

    TDS is also present in Paulilatino where it manages Grazia Deledda’s Theatre, addressed to artistic residencies, and in Argentiera village, in the municipality of Sassari, where together with LandWorks it takes an active part in the process of change and development through performing and digital arts.

    In the former mining town of Fluminimaggiore, TDS presented the first editions of “Giornate del Respiro”, an international nomadic festival where artistsresearch intertwines with the community and territories experiences thus resulting in unknown trajectories, unexpected paths, and multiple narratives.

     The will to connect to territories comes together with the need to interpret the political and social role of TDS by playing an active part in the educational processes, starting from infancy. This is the reason why TDS broadens its field of exploration by creating NESTzerosei, a bilingual nursery and preschool, the only theatre organization in Italy to run this kind of centre. The new exploration spreads out from a reflection on infancy carried on in the last years to gain a deeper connection between the languages of contemporary performances and education, starting from the very first years of children’s life. Moreover, in our centre we are able to welcome visiting artists’ children between 0 and 6 years old.

     

    Our residency spaces

    Venues for residency

    Teatro di Sardegna manages several venues on the island, among them the theatre in Paulilatino is mainly focused on artistic residencies. However, we are committed to finding the most suitable location based on each artist specific needs.

    Paulilatino

     TdS implements its actions and agency in different spaces and in accordance with the peculiarities of the territories it inhabits. Paulilatino is the ideal venue for artistic residencies: its fully equipped theatre is completed by a guest house, but the most significant peculiarity is the potential relationship with the local community as well as the unique rural surroundings and archeological remains of Nuragic era.

     Address: Teatro Grazia Deledda, Via Roma, 19, 09070 Paulilatino OR

     Theatre’s dimensions:

    Stage: 16,60 x 12,30 metres

    Orchestra pit: 16,60 x 5,00 meters Grid: 12,20 meters

    Lower stage: 16,60 x 9,30 metres

    10 dressing rooms

     

    Accommodation and comforts:

    4 rooms (from 4 to 10 people) with private bathroom

    1 common space / living room

    1 kitchen

     

    Free Wi-Fi (theatre and guesthouse)

    Transports to / from airport or port

     

    Cagliari & Nuoro

     Other venues are located in Cagliari (the Capital City of the Island), where TdS has its headquarter in the spaces of a former Tobacco Factory and in Nuoro, where TEN – Teatro Eliseo Nuoro – cultura action is deeply connected with the most interesting and vibrant cultural and social institutions of the District.

     

    Cagliari’s address: Sa Manifattura, Viale Regina Margherita 33, interno 103, 09124, Cagliari CA.

    Nuoro’s address: TEN – Teatro Eliseo Nuoro, Via Roma, 73, 08100 Nuoro NU

     

    Accommodation: TBD

     Free Wi-Fi (our offices and guesthouse)

    Transports to / from airport or port

     In Cagliari, we offer the opportunity to accommodate artists’ children between 0 and 6 years old in our nursery.

     

    Our online presence

    Instagram

    @sardegnateatro

    https://instagram.com/sardegnateatro

    Facebook

    Sardegna Teatro

    https://www.facebook.com/sardegnateatro/

    Twitter

    @TEATROSARDEGNA

    https://twitter.com/TEATROSARDEGNA

    Youtube

    Tss Channel

    https://www.youtube.com/user/TssChannel

     Website

    www.sardegnateatro.it

      

    Théâtre Alibi (Corsica, France)

    Catherine Graziani and François Bergoin made the choice to come and settle in Corsica in November 1982 after initially performing theatre shows on the island from 1978 to 1981 while continuing their theatre training with many great European masters. They created their professional company in 1984. Following advice provided by the Ministère de la Culture, the company settled in Bastia in 1991 and rented premises (500m2) in the town centre. A warehouse thus became La Fabrique de Théâtre, a venue for the theatrical production and promotion of a repertoire of living theatre authors and young choreographers.

    The Company

    Since 1990 and thanks to its artistic decisions and the originality of its theatrical proposals (creation of unpublished European texts, unusual performance venues), the company has confirmed its reputation and has become well-known and recognised nationally and internationally. Over the last 40 years, its participations in festivals, in prestigious events taking place in symbolic places on the contemporary theatre scene have contributed in securing the interest of many theatre professionals in Europe.

    The collaborative work of a producer, recognised by his peers, and that of a popular actress, acclaimed by both the media and public since the theatre show “CREDO” written by Enzo Cormann in 1990, is at the core of this strong, theatrical venture; a family of artists who gather and mix with and are
    attentive to people who live in villages, in deprived areas, on council estates, in all parts of Corsica, advocates for better living together. A faithful political and poetical commitment linked to their respect for the intelligence of the audience.

    The company strongly believes in the important democratic role of strong and creative artistic teams (thus becoming a social laboratory) in the heart of a city, which lies in a neglected region, itself in a troubled world in search of new reference points when it comes to living together. The company wants
    to offer an innovative theatre in which modern writing and a contemporary repertoire can develop, as well as openness to other cultures (within and outside Europe), a poetic confrontation between daily reality and artistic concern. This theatrical work addresses the widest possible audience firstly in
    Corsica but also in other French regions and abroad. The diversity of the target audience is reflected through their age range, social background or their place of residence.

    It is necessary even vital that in addition to classical theatre, based on transcendence and the sacred, in addition to a few formal experiments, in addition to the humanist memory of the great repertoire, a theatre in tune with contemporary society be developed. It also needs to be a defiant and critical
    theatre, a theatre aware of current collective tragedies, willing to take the risk of on-the-spot commitment in an uncomfortable period of contemporary ideological interference.

    This project materialises through the works created by the company, the support given to other artistic companies (residencies /artist-in residence programs at the Fabrique, co-production, performance venue), the international theatre festivals in which the company takes part, training activities and
    support to amateur theatre.2- The Venue: Fabrique de Théâtre/ European site for Theatrical Creation IS:

    A)  “A beacon alight in a small European town”
    The home of an artistic company in the heart of one of the two most important built-up areas of Corsica:

    Bastia
    An artistic site dedicated to the discovery of European cultural diversity.
    A place for the creation of the beginning of the third millenium.
    A European reference for future artistic creation…
    In order to implement its 5 primary missions, la Fabrique de Théâtre must be:
    An experimental and production centre.
    A place of research, a comfortable open laboratory.
    A place favouring present-day artistic creativity from 26 countries and one region.
    A place where artists can meet and compare their work.
    The place where the dramatic works of the Compagnie Théâtre Alibi can be created.

    For its CREATIVE mission
    A theatre for present-day authors, mostly Europeans.
    An open space permitting the innovative propositions of artistic drama or choreographic
    companies.
    A thoroughfare for artists from all over the world.
    A place of residence, for creation, for rehearsal, for experimentation, for sharing, for training.
    An eminently professional place on the look out for European creators

    For its PRODUCTION mission
    A place for putting on stage, for co-production of contemporary works in the sphere of drama,
    dance, singing, even cinema. In the19 different European languages.

    For its DIFFUSION mission
    A place for scheduling productions complementing those of Bastia’s municipal theatre, thus
    totally different. Between 2 to 8 quality dates per season. Surprises. Companies recognised
    throughout Europe but unknown in Corsica. Risks.

    For its PROGRAMMING mission
    A place for teaching and transmission. For amateur and professional use.

    For its TRAINING mission
    But above all a place for each and everyone.
    For those who are well-off and those who are not.
    For regular visitors but above all for those who are not.

    B) A project turned towards Europe
    A place turned towards all of Europe:
    Resolutely modern, present- day, to offer the public a meeting with European dance and theatre, a site of immediate creation, a new concept of programming…..
    A mission and a vocation for Europe:
    The originality of the proposals sets out to continuously sharpen curiosity, knowledge, emotion and to initiate the public in cultural diversity and the common values of Europe.
    Its aim is to create not a « theatre season », which is an old concept, but rather appointments around major theatrical and choreographic events, indoors, under a marquee, in the street or even in unusual places….

     

    C) Description of the venue:
    Situated in Bastia town centre, near the ferry port, the Fabrique de Théâtre is a 550 m2 building, of which half is devoted to the theatre.
    A public reception foyer is equipped with air-conditioning.
    2 toilets (including one for disabled visitors).
    A kitchen measuring 12m2 fully equipped for the preparation of meals for the artists.
    2 artists’ dressing rooms (15 m2) equipped with showers and independent toilet.
    A foyer and a theatre library at the artists’ disposal.
    The theatre is equipped with a bench-type retractable tiered area with 96 seats, permitting a diversity of stage configurations.
    The stage is on one level and measures 135m2 (15m wide x 9m deep x 5m high , with air conditioning.
    In 2013, the company acquired the lease of a 80m2 adjoining building which constitutes the annex of the Fabrique de Théâtre so allowing the installation of technical premises, an extra dressing room of 15m2 with direct access to the stage and office space of 40m2 for the administration of the Compagnie Alibi and the Fabrique de Théâtre.
    The Fabrique de Théâtre / European Site of Creation intends to develop in the long run a permanent and regular activity.
    The Fabrique de Théâtre / European Site of Creation defines its specificity by spreading its action in the afore-mentioned domains.
    Its specificity has been developed over 40 years. It meets the successive needs of different audiences, is attentive to the needs expressed by different populations as well as a desire to open up the Corsican region to contemporary artistic practices.

     

    2024: Greenland

    More details soon – https://nuis.gl/

    2024: Saaremaa, Estonia

    The artist residency in Saaremaa is a pop-up project, being a part of the Island Connect collaborative program.

    The residency provides one-of-a-kind chance for five artists to fully immerse themselves in the local environment, embarking on day trips and scenic hikes, all while allowing ample time for contemplation and reflection. Residents are expected to participate in shared processes, initiate dialogues, and explore potential collaborations with each other. In addition to small trips to explore nature, there will be a couple of visits to Kuressaare, including a visit to the museum in a castle and exploration of local galleries.

    Accommodation is located in Suure-Rootsi village within an idyllic cottage house. The house has a fully equipped kitchen, spacious living area, twin and double bedrooms, bathroom, and a terrace. Adjacent is the old barn, complete with a traditional wooden sauna. Outside, residents can enjoy the beauty of nature on the terrace, surrounded by stone fences. As evening approaches, wildlife such as deer and foxes can often be spotted roaming freely. A short walk to the seaside offers a place to swim.

    Residency includes:
    – Wi-Fi
    – common working area
    – air conditioning
    – transport to/from the airport to the residency space will be coordinated and organized by the local co-host.

    The residency is co-organized by an artist Männa.

    Application Process

    MANDATORY:

    Fill out the online form

    –    a description of the artistic research that will be developed: general description, stages of construction of the project, sketches etc (1 pages max.),

    –    a detailed CV or biography per person (1 page max.)

    –    a motivation letter in written (500 words max.) or video form (3 minutes max. – unlisted youtube link or similar) that describes the proposed project and the relevance of its proposal to the objectives of the residency programme Island Connect

    OPTIONAL:

    –    a portfolio of selected past projects that are relevant to the proposed project (up to 5 max. links or 5 files shared via Google Drive/ Dropbox/ provided within the Application form)

    Each Open Call may also have unique application requirements as laid out above.

    SELECTION PROCESS: 

    – A shortlist will be made by each hosting country. You may be contacted to verify eligibility.

    – A selection of the top candidates will be interviewed over Zoom. 

    – Each Open Call may also have a unique selection process as laid out above.

    Interested artists/companies must submit an application via online form in English, by the official deadline below. 

     

    Application Requirements

     

    • Be a performing artist based in Denmark, Croatia, Ireland, the Balearic Islands, Corsica or France, Sardinia or Italy, or the Canary Islands.
    • Each call has different requirements that must be met.
    • The country that you are based in will determine which residencies you can apply for, based on the schedule.

    OBLIGATIONS FOR ALL CALLS:

    Artist(s) / Company(s):

    • Must be available for the whole duration of both residencies (local and international)
    • Must send one member of their company to the SpringLab / Capacity Building Workshop.
    • Shall hold a presentation of their work developed at the end of each residency (not necessarily a performance).
    • Shall be encouraged to participate in the life of the specific site/locality, and must take photos and videos of their residency to be shared publicly.
    • Shall be available for potential requests for interviews by the press regarding this programme.  
    • Island Connect aims to be an inclusive project, open to participants of all ages, abilities, genders, sexualities, and national origins. Not all of our venues are completely accessible, but we will endeavour to meet peoples’ needs wherever we can.
    • Must be able and willing to communicate in English throughout the project.

    Note: All fees listed are gross amounts with all taxes included in that payment.

    Open Call #1 – Closed

    Open Call #2 – Closed

    Open Call #3 – Open – Deadline Feb 29th 

    Applications Close in:

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    Deadline is 29th February 2024 (23:59, in any timezone). 

    Results will be announced: 25th March 2024.

    Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up-to-date.  New calls will be in December 2024 and December 2025.

    The Island Connect team