a platform for the dialogue in-between performative practices and research
Cross Pollination (CP) runs an expanded, nomadic laboratory for the dialogue in-between practices, both scholarly and performance-based, as an integral and essential part of the politics of embodied research in theatre and performance. In CP, performers, theatre makers and researchers work together on the transmission, transformation and generation of knowledge, while exchanging highly specialized techniques. CP bases it’s framework on the principles of fertile differences, dialogue and collaboration between practices of art, community building and academic research.
The platform was founded in 2017 by Adriana La Selva and Marije Nie after the 10th ISTA session in Albino, Italy, and it has been a resident group at the Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium since then. The actions of the collective have been taking place in many different settings across Europe.
Many performers, theatre makers and researchers build unique and personal constellations of practice and (embodied) knowledge about the art of the performer, theatre and its relation to society at large, with angles that challenge, inform and complement each other.
Cross Pollination gives individual artists and researchers a way to connect outside of production pressure and bureaucratic hierarchies, with time for creative research, nourishment, making professional friendships and colleagues. It investigates the craft, ethics and resistance that lie in breaking through the pressure of competition and isolation, in connecting to personal lineage in a time of a-historic and eternal ‘nowness’, in seeing each other through the invisibility of the ‘fame-less’ and offliners, in connecting the local with the global, the craft with the thought, the individual with the collective.