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Merel Smitt

Merel Smitt is a Rotterdam-based artist working locally and internationally. Merel studied directing at the Academy for Performative Arts in Maastricht and completed her Master’s at DAS Theatre (formerly known as DasArts) in 2020. Merel’s work and artistic practice have been supported by several platforms in the European contemporary art scene such as SICK! Festival…

Excavate

Excavate have been working with communities across the East Midlands and beyond to create largely performance based work that explores questions of place, culture and heritage. Throughout that time they have worked with thousands of people in many different locations to create often very ambitious work with large casts of local people. Over the last…

Parrabbola

Parrabbola tells stories and makes plays. From tiny rural communities to major international festivals, they work with people within their own localities using creativity to help them engage with, learn about and celebrate the places where they live. It is both reflective and celebratory. Parrabbola have made work about miners in Yorkshire and female pirates…

Comicdon press

Not-for-profit organisation, Comicdom Press was founded in 2004. Amongst their activities are the annual Comics Festival, Comicdom Con, in Athens which attracts over 15,000 visitors has been running since 2006, the Athens Comics Library, the first-ever Greek comic library, the design and facilitation of educational workshops for young people, students, schools, teachers, and librarians, as…

Urban Gorillas Foundation

Europe, The Netherlands Art discipline: Theater, Site-specific Performance Participated in ICAF in: 2017  Urban Gorillas was founded in 2012 by theatre directors Andreas Bachmair and Anne Rooschüz. Their main aim is to reach both conventional theatre audiences and audiences that have little to no experience with experimental performance. Urban Gorillas regard audiences not only as passive viewers,…

The Non Existent Center

In 2012, a group of young Swedish artists and thinkers calling themselves The non existent Center bought an abandoned mining site and, in it, established a space for work, art and thought in Ljunarsberg, a rural municipality in Bergslagen. Since then, Ställberg´s 28-meter-high mining tower has formed the iconic beacon for ongoing societal research that…

Estopô Balaio

João Junior is a professional theatre maker who works both at the community-level (out of passion) and in more mainstream settings (to earn a living). His roots lie in the Sertão, the impoverished and drought-ridden northeastern part of Brazil from where, for decades now, people have been migrating to the south in search of a…

Louise Lowe

Louise Lowe is one of Ireland’s most exciting theatre artists. She specialises in intimate, site-specific shows that have a deep involvement in the communities where they are set. Her contexts range from abandoned Ballymun tower blocks in the 2005 Tumbledowntown, to her own childhood home in 2009’s Basin. Her production Laundry (2011), about the abuse…

PeerGrouP

In collaboration with PeerGrouP, a site-specific performance company based in rural Drenthe, ICAF created a special edition of the Round Table for its 2014 edition. Designed by Henry Alles, the table was an art object, a mobile restaurant plus kitchen, and a stage for local stories related to the dishes that were cooked and served…