Generation to Generation or G2G for short, is a theatre project created by youth for the youth. This international project is led by Theatre Glej and partially financed by the European Union with partners in the Netherlands, France and Germany. The main aim of G2G is to empower youth through art.
The project comprised of original performances, exchanges and education took place in the partner countries between the summer 2015 and ended in a performance festival which took place in Ljubljana between 11th and 13th May 2017.
During the festival all partner groups presented their work, and the festival was brought to an end with an original coproduction performance entitled Gotofi so! / Get those MOTHERF^%*$#RS upstairs!, which was created by the youth from all participating countries. The festival also included round tables and education programmes, and we also published a publication that focuses on the methodology of working with youth.
The project G2G is led by Theatre Glej, in cooperation with:
- Likeminds, a platform and production house for young creators in the field of performative arts from Amsterdam, the Netherlands;
- Théâtre du Pélican, a youth theatre from Clermont-Ferrand, France;
- and Das Letzte Kleinod, a site-specific theatre, which creates some of their performances for youth in their own train that travels across Germany.
All four partner organisations combined European funds with their own and shared the various approaches to youth education and creativity.
A festival of youth theatre!
An entire array of original performances emerged from the project. Theatre Glej, Likeminds, and Das Letzte Kleinod produced four each, while Théâtre du Pélican produced three. These performances gave the opportunity to over 100 youth to present themselves, obtain new knowledge and skills and get to know each other, all under the supervision of 20 mentors.
At the festival in Ljubljana the young authors and performers presented the performances Future, Our view, No entry and the collective performance Get those MOTHERF^%*$#RS upstairs!
Theatre producers in most European countries have noticed a gradual decline of youth visitors. We are witnessing a similar situation in Slovenia, where we have many high quality cultural contents for children and adults, however only a select few address the youth between 12 and 19 years of age. Thus, teenagers often visit the theatre only because they have to due to the obligatory cultural contents in secondary school.
The European project Generation to Generation coordinated by the Ljubljana based Theatre Glej attempts to provide an answer to this challenge. Together with our partners we have recognised the alienation of teenagers from the contents that are selected, created and performed by adults as the main reason for their poor attendance in theatres. Overly serious, at times too childish and most commonly alien contents are the main reasons why the youth find it hard to connect with the theatre. Because of this we in Theatre Glej decided to approach the experts in the field of the world of teenagers – the teenagers themselves.
The contents found in the original performances created within the project Generation to Generation emerged from the materials that the teenagers selected with the aid of their mentors. The teenagers then turned these issues into dynamic performances which were well accepted by the youth as well as by the experts.
Within the frame of the two year project, which we started in June 2015, we have created four youth performances: That’ the way it is!, Something is missing, Where man has not set foot and Future.
For additional information on the project please visit the project’s homepage, g2gproject.eu.
This project is partially financed by the European Commission within the frame of the Creative Europe programme. The contents of the publication (communication) is solely the responsibility of the author and does in no way represent the views of the European Commission.