SANJA MITROVIC/STAND UP TALL PRODUCTIONS » Crash Course Chit Chat (2012)

About

Crash Course Chit Chat is a piece for five performers, representing five European nations: Germany, France, Britain, the Netherlands and Belgium. It is based, on the one hand, on the performers’ testimonies and stories about their homelands, families and personal lives, and, on the other, on historical facts, clichés and prejudices relating to nationality. Crash Course Chit Chat employs documentary strategies to explore the relationship between personal identity and the shared European identity. Playing within a loosely defined framework the performers take part in various task-based situations, games and linguistic exercises. Their aim? To establish which nation is most European. Challenging each other and their own assumptions about what it means to live in Europe today, they are bound to face up to what separates them and to what is it that they all share.

With the future of our continent’s fragile Union hanging in the balance, are we aware of the thin line that separates patriotism from nationalism? Can we recognise it in the language that we use or listen to daily? Are we able to trace it back to our innermost thoughts and feelings? Crash Course Chit Chat is poised between the documentary material and its theatrical transposition, offering an insight into our present predicament that is both humorous and critical.

With this new work theatre maker Sanja Mitrović continues her interest in the relationship between the individual and society.


 

Video

Video registration by: VideoMachas / Susanna Brenner & Helle Lyshoj

Credits

Concept/choreography/direction: Sanja Mitrovic

Performers: Katja Dreyer, Servane Ducorps, Martijn Groenendijk, Bruno Roubicek,  Geert Vaes

Text: Sanja Mitrovic and the company

Dramatrugy: Maya van den Heuvel-Arad, Felix Ritter

Stage design/architecture&light: Laurent Liefooghe

Sound design: Junkita Murakawa

Translation ENG: Sinisa Mitrovic

Translation NL: Sarah van Lamsweerde

Business and sale managment: Hans Mets

Production and tour management: Alexander Chu

Technicians: Martin Kaffarnik, Jasper Hopman

Publicity NL: Bureau Tam Tam

Interm production: Giulia Menegatti

Thanks to: prof. Andreas Schuck (University of Amsterdam); Goethe Instituut Amsterdam, board members Stand Up Tall Productions, Christophe Meierhans

Crash Course Chit Chat is produced by: Stand Up Tall Productions, Amsterdam and co-produced by: Théâtre La Comédie, Reims and Festival Reims Scenes D’Europe; Huis a/d Werf and Festival a/d Werf, Utrecht; Theater Instituut Nederland.

Supported by Nederlandse Fond voor de Podiumkunst, SNS Reeal Fonds, Amsterdamse Fond voor de Kunst, VSB Fonds and BNG Bank Nederland

Press

‘Sometimes this play is brilliant, particularly when identity and irony engage in a playful liaison.’

‘Geert Vaes is magnificent in his role as the underdog Flemish Belgian who wins out in a most superior way.’

***Kester Freriks, NRC Handelsblad

 

Europas vitale Körper by Annette Hoffmann, nachtkritik.be, 03-09-2012 (in German)

 

Interview with Sanja Mitrovic (in Dutch) by Wietske van der Want (Cultuurbewust.nl)

www.cultuurbewust.nl

 

Text by Thomas Flagel, Poly Magazine (in French)

www.poly.fr

 

Playlist

PREMIERE - 2nd of April 2012 - Theatre aan de Spui, Den Haag

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Blind Date Tour (The Netherlands) 

4 April 2012 - Schouwburg, Arnhem

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5 April 2012 - Theater de Lieve Vrouw, Amersfoort

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6 April 2012 – Stadsgehoorzaal, Kampen

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10 April 2012 - Kruithuis, Groningen

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11 April 2012 - Stadstheater, Zoetermeer

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16 April 2012 - Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht

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17 April 2012 -Witte Theater, Ijmuiden

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18 April 2012 - Theater Het Park, Hoorn

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19 April 2012 - Provadja, Alkmaar

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23 April 2012 - Bellevue, Amsterdam

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25 April 2012 - LAKtheater, Leiden

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26 April 2012 - De Kring, Roosendaal

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More dates

11 May 2012 - Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam

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19+20  May 2012  - Festival a/d Werf, Utrecht (NL)

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3+4 September 2012 – Theaterfestival, Basel (CH)

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1+2 December 2012 - Festival Scenes d’Europe, Reims (FR)

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4+5 June 2013 – Théâtre de Hautepierre, Strasbourg, France

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19 September 2013 Verkadefabriek Den Bosch (NL)

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26 September 2013 Cultuurcentrum Hasselt Hasselt (BE)

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01+02 October 2013 - Theater Bellevue Amsterdam (NL)

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15 -03 -2015 Le Granit Scène Nationale de Belfort Belfort (FR)

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