Schools of Spectacle –
Creative practitioners and artists from five European countries share skills, develop talent, and create outdoor events that celebrate place, identity and our common European heritage.
Partners include: Pafos2017, Cyprus; Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s European Capital of Culture 2019; Limerick City and County Council , Fidget Feet and Irish Aerial Creation Centre , Limerick, Ireland; Teatro Klubas in Kaunas, Lithuania; and artists from Kalamata in Greece.
In this exciting Trans-European initiative, Walk the Plank’s team, working with artists from the four partner countries, are leading training schools which respond to the location and context in each country, and end with a bespoke live event.
Up to 25 practitioners drawn from across Europe work together for a week – looking at techniques from mass movement to fire drawing, from design and making for processions to special effects – and each training school finishes with a site responsive event or installation designed to touch local people or tell a story inspired by that place. The Schools of Spectacle mix the strengths of artists from eastern Europe and the Mediterranean with the traditions of artists from western Europe to enable cities that are trying to build the capacity of their own artistic landscape to benefit from each other.
“Training focused on the skills that creative practitioners might use to create artist-led celebrations will enrich the cities and communities in which each School takes place, as well as more than one hundred artists selected to be supported through the Creative Europe investment” said Alexis Johnson, Learning Director.
“For 25 years Walk the Plank’s work has empowered emerging artists in the UK to learn their craft by training through production, making shows to suit diverse landscapes, and inspiring communities to experience performance and art without boundaries. Taking this process to a pan-European level is extremely exciting, and comes at a time when the company’s own international work portfolio is growing.”