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Cornerstone & Zid Theater

Van de Werelddaken

Standard works about community art such as Staging America (2003) and Local Acts (2005) praise the work of Cornerstone Theatre from Los Angeles for the way they rework classical plays together with community residents into impressive productions. Instead of raising the community to the level of the great classics, they raise the classics to the level of the community by writing new roles, creating new characters and adapting contexts and plots to local realities. In the Netherlands, Zid Theatre from Amsterdam has been experimenting with similar ideas, collaborating with the prestigeous repertory company Toneelgroep Amsterdam. For ICAF-6, Zid will present From the Rooftops of the World with a diverse cast of Rotterdam citizens. The show, which deals with people’s frustrations about politics and their dreams for the future, is inspired by Shakespeare’s Roman tragedies. In the last phase of the preparations, Zid will be assisted by a team from Cornerstone. At ICAF-6, Cornerstone artists will also share the company’s 25-years of experiences, its vision and techniques in an interactive workshop.