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Elias Adam

2017/18 Xilokastro

Elias is a passionate storyteller and listener. Born by the seaside town of Xilokastro, he later moved to Athens to pursue his studies in Law and Theater. He has three years of experience in project management in the field of theater, working on a wide range of collaborative projects as a producer and a director. In 2017, he worked with the production team of the play “Verräter” (traitors) at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin. And this was not meant to be his last experience in a German environment; Elias aims to use the START program to expand his project management skills in participatory cultural contexts. Currently he is developing a collective authorship and theater platform with a clear goal: to promote culture through participation. One of Elias’ current ambitions is to facilitate the accessibility of an all-embracing cultural exchange in rural areas, with his hometown as a starting point.

Project Progress Phase III Phase II Phase I

Phase III

Scaling the projects in Greece

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Duration

Sep onwards

Project Title

Smallville: The Rural Artivists

The project’s overall objective is to facilitate social cohesion through hands-on artistic practices in the rural environment of the Peloponnese. It has three complementary goals: to capitalise on and sustain the developed network in Xilokastro, to expand Smallville to other small towns in the region and, thirdly, to establish an annual meeting and festival event for the different Smallville communities.

Smallville in Xilokastro will be the observatory from where monitoring of all the Smallville networks will take place; at the same time, local community engagement in Xilokastro will be boosted through the continuation and opening up of the “ISCs” (Informal Social Councils), work on a new docu-fiction performance and preparation for “Festville”.

Phase II

Project implementation in Greece

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Duration

Dec - May

Project Title

Smallville

Smallville is an initiative that shapes the concept of social interaction in rural areas. It confronts the problem of social exclusion, aspiring to empower the social nexus of small geographical communities. The “Informal Social Councils” are meetings for citizens, who interact, share stories, deconstruct and recreate ideas and finally learn in a safe environment of informal education. The goal is to empower the citizens’ network and motivate them to create change on their behalf. Simultaneously, and as it is born out of the storytelling culture, Smallville uses documentary theater with non-professional actors as a vehicle for maximizing interaction. The citizens are empowered to bring their experience on stage, thus communicating it with more people. Smallville was conceptualized due to the urgent need for building a community that allows interaction and participation to take place in rural contexts; therefore Smallville takes care that groups, which are usually excluded, are also invited. As its nature is highly adaptable, it has the capability to suit to the unique characteristics of different towns. All in all, this project transforms the small town into an all-inclusive territory and acts as an igniter to promote access to the cultural offer beyond the urban contexts.

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Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Duration

Sep - Nov

Project Title

Masculinity in Crisis

My mini project was a micro implementation of the proposed project in Greece. It comprised three phases. The first was the call for participants, which was supported by the Ringlokschuppen Ruhr. After their introduction to our universe of discourse – masculine structures in social and theater contexts – we then facilitated, with the collaboration of the house’s dramaturge, a series of collective theater development workshops with the mixed group of non-professionals. This phase included a storytelling workshop with the Intercultural Empowerment-Network for Scholastic Women and the Silent University Ruhr at the “dezentrale” venue. Through discussions, interviews and collective authorship processes, we developed a small theater piece. It focused on redefining the term of masculinity, viewed from a post-migrant perspective. The third phase included a short period of rehearsals. Eventually, the participants staged, in collaboration with the dramaturge and me, a lecture performance titled “BRUTAL!”. Afterwards, the audience discussed the evening passionately.

Host Institution

Ringlokschuppen Ruhr

Ringlokschuppen Ruhr is a place for contemporary theater, performance and dance with socio-culture roots for artists working regionally and internationally. Alongside theater, the institution regularly initiates participatory projects in urban space, such as a current project, Silent University Ruhr. In addition, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr present the popular culture program KulturGut.Ruhr with evenings of cabaret, comedy and concerts.

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Masculinity in Crisis
Masculinity in Crisis
Masculinity in Crisis
Masculinity in Crisis