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Corvus Corax 20xx

Corvus Corax 20XX is a four-year artistic partnership between Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium – Odin Teatret and the Greenlandic National Theatre, where collaborative artistic projects will unfold both locally and internationally.

In the period 2021 – 2024, the two theatres will, with the support of the A.P. Møller Foundation, the Augustinus Foundation and the Færch Foundation, initiate a wide range of inspiring and innovative theatre activities in both Greenland and Denmark. The initiative originates from the Nordic Theatre Laboratory – Odin Teatret.

Corvus Corax 20XX aims to leave artistic and human traces for posterity in the form of a collaboration between theatres, local people and international researchers. The partnership thus aims to create an artistic, cultural and scientific impact to promote a stronger and renewed cultural connection between Greenland and Denmark. This is sought through four different actions over a 4-year period:

  1. Artistic collaboration: locally based and inclusive festival formats in both GL and DK.
  2. Performances: circulation of performances from both theatres in GL and DK.
  3. Corvus Corax Lab: performing arts laboratory for cultural exchange and performing arts development.
  4. Building new partnerships: partnerships to ensure sustainable cooperation after four years.

Artistic collaboration between the two theatres:
Five different festival formats will be held, working with outreach in both GL and DK, with cultural exchange as the basic model. The idea is that everyone is a cultural actor and thus also a representative of something that can be put into play and transformed into an expression that can be included in a festival format.

Performances from both theatres are presented in Greenland and Denmark:
A total of four tours are organised to Greenland, so that as many people as possible can experience internationally renowned theatre through performances, workshops and seminars. These are performances by the Odin Theatre ensemble and new artistic groups from the Nordic Theatre Laboratory. Greenland’s National Theatre will also, every year, present its performances in Holstebro and then go on tour in Denmark. Holstebro will be a new focal point for disseminating and spreading knowledge of Greenland through a real exchange of the two theatres’ artistic work.

Building the partnership circle:
A targeted effort will ensure future cooperation after the project period has ended. The aim is to make the project’s results and impact visible in order to attract new partners who can create a sustainable model for further collaboration, both artistically and financially.
During the four years of the project, the main goal will be to bring art to as many people as possible in an open access approach. Not just as a performance, but as a mutual gathering where new relationships can emerge through cultural exchange. Therefore, the aim is to target as broadly as possible different age groups and professions. Linguistically, both theatres are used to working with other forms of artistic expression than the spoken word, and thus there is an increased opportunity to create the right conditions for the meeting between art and people to take place in the form of music, physical actions and an appreciative approach to what one can do, has a cultural value.

Corvus Corax Lab:
Is a performing arts development and exchange environment where new artistic formats and creative processes can be tested, and where artists from the two theatres can develop their own performing arts work and new outreach strategies.
Masterclasses will be held with trained masters from the two theatres.
As part of the Corvus Corax Lab, researchers will follow the development of the new formats and document the process continuously with articles. Through a new dissemination strategy, the archive will use digital tools with a focus on knowledge sharing and collecting the project’s achievements, aesthetic methods and artistic processes as a model for other studies.