. dialogue in-between practices

Cross Pollination runs an expanded, nomadic laboratory for the dialogue in-between practices, both scholarly and performance-based, as an integral and essential part of a politics of embodied research in theatre and performance. Cross Pollination was founded in 2017 by Adriana La Selva and Marije Nie and it is a resident group at the Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium in Denmark, home of Odin Teatret. The actions of the collective have been taking place in many different settings across Europe.

. ecologies of practice

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.