Cross Pollination

the dialogue in-between practices with performers and researchers

Cross Pollination is an international research based performance platform on the dialogue in-between practices, where performers, theatremakers and researchers work together on the transformation and generation of knowledge.

Cross Pollination workshop at BA (Hons) World Performance, East15, University of Essex (UK)
Photo by Leon Bach

Ecologies of practice

Cross Pollination is an international network of performers, theatermakers and researchers, who create a nomadic theatre laboratory for the dialogue and exchange in-between practices, disciplines and research. Many performers, theatre makers and researchers build unique and personal constellations of (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.

In Cross Pollination, ideas, questions and thoughts unfold by passing through different minds and bodies. This process of exchange and transformation generates an ecology of knowledge. Parliament of Practices is a new initiative of Cross Pollination, dealing with the question “how to build a lively network for connecting artistic practices and research”. Ultimately, the Parliament will map and connect individual works with others, creating an ecology of practices, performances and research.

The Parliament of Practices intends to reveal and activate the connections in-between artistic and academic practice and research. The main focus is on the creation, capturing and transmission of performative and embodied knowledge. Also it can be a space for the dialogue with knowledge from other fields, disciplines, like philosophy (both contemporary and historic) and epistemology. The strategies of the Parliament are multi-voiced, co-created and flexible in form, and can include work sessions, exchange platforms in various media, writing exchanges and performative events and exchanges.
In the Parliament, we aim to develop alternative modes of being, becoming with and thinking together. We try to stay with the trouble, following the interlinking threads of engagement and entanglement. In this setting, the art and craft of the performer provides the ground level, rooting us in practical and embodied knowledge. From this position of deep knowing and practical research / experience, we can connect and extrapolate to other levels of social organization.

Cross Pollination is a resident group at the Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium in Holstebro (DK), which is the home of Odin Teatret and Eugenio Barba.

The third Cross Pollination Session

3 – 8 February, 2020 – Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium, Holstebro (DK)

The third session was full of new honey, we worked with the themes of personal genealogy, objects and the tree of life.
There was a majority of new bees in the White Room at Odin Teatret, which was an interesting shift for us all. It is very strong to witness and support new people finding their own way into the CP work. This session also raised interesting questions  […] read more

The Parliament of Practices

3 February, 2020 – Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium, Holstebro (DK)

The Parliament is an international network of theatre makers, performers and academic researchers connecting artistic practice and research. This first meeting of the Parliament was attended by 25 people, who are connected to the NTL / Odin Teatret. The group had ten different nationalities, a wide range of ages and professional experiences, both from theatrical arts and academia (sometimes combining both).  The Parliament of Practices is a project of Cross Pollination, initiated by Adriana La Selva and Marije Nie and supported by the NTL. […]
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