Freevolous City Stage is a project by LABattoir.org program.
Freevolous City Stage is an outdoor, mobile stage designed to function as a meeting point for artists and communities and to contribute to research on the relationship between urban landscape and contemporary art. It is based on an idea of the Theatre Committee of the Municipality of Thessaloniki.
Freevolous City Stage is the outcome of a three-phase workshop, with the input of theatre, architecture and design experts and with the participation of young creators, with the aim of being able to host theatre, music, dance, fine arts, performances, circus, etc., as well as lectures and discussions. It is called upon to contribute to the activation and participation of various social groups, residents, neighbourhoods, as well as to the original use of public spaces. In addition, it aims to become a model for other cities that want to create similar structures and connect with them artistically, both in Greece and abroad.
Since its creation, Freevolous City Stage has hosted:
theatre & performance workshops aimed at the activation of public space, community-building and the exploration of the possibilities of the stage itself, led by theatre directors Yiannis Paraskevopoulos and Thomas Velissaris;
a series of Neighbourhood Symposia by director Thanasis Kritsakis held at different spaces with different possibilities – the Old Slaughterhouse building, a sidewalk at Giannitson Street and the ancient theatre of the Roman Forum of Thessaloniki;
an international symposium on service design and a panel discussion on post-industrial design in the context of the Thessaloniki Design Week;
and a discussion around a series of movies by young filmmakers, on the occasion of the exhibition FREIRAUM: From Berlin to Thessaloniki in collaboration with Goethe-Institut.
The model of Freevolous City Stage has been also presented as a best-practice example on several occasions such as Thessaloniki Design Week and RegionArts program’s visit in Thessaloniki.
INFO – CREDITS
The Freevolous City Stage Design Workshop was implemented with the support of Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki in the framework of the “Actopolis” program. The Art of Action ”by Goethe-Institut and Urbane Künste Ruhr.
Scientific Supervisor: Yianna Tsokou (theatrologist, Chair of the Theatre Committee of the Municipality of Thessaloniki) in collaboration with the Theatre Committee
Workshop experts: Sotirios Bachtsetzis (art theorist), Evangelia Kirkine (scenographer), Petros Martinidis (Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Yiannis Paraskevopoulos (theater director), Savvas Patsalidis, (theater critic, Professor at the Department of English Literature, AUTH), Elsi Sakellaridou (theatrologist, Profesor Emeritus at the Department of English Literature, AUTH), Bilal Yilmaz (multidisciplinary artist, designer)
Masters of Ceremony: Coalesce (group of architects, artists and urban planners)
Final design: Bilal Yilmaz, with Coalesce team and workshop participants