Theatre maker Lucas De Man embarked on a journey trying to find Europe. In seven different countries, he interviewed creators and experts on the contemporaries of Hieronymus Bosch. He found common grounds in the battles all creators are fighting. He presents a theatrical report of his journey - the many meetings, images, discussions and insights he collected.
For the project In Search Of Europe, Lucas de Man travelled 17 cities in 8 countries in 30 days and interviewed more than 20 young creative professionals who are trying to improve the society they live in. The new generation in Europe is ready to fight for change.
He noticed the battles of these creators share some common elements.
Creators strive to create a society rather than a better society per se. Society is a moment in which people meet each other and share or show their story. The second element creators everywhere share is the battle for a true public space, places of common ground, which need to be reclaimed.
A third battle is the one of having, commutating and sharing of visions. Visions are not fleeting, absurd dreams. Visions are concrete, can be executed, are achievable dreams that allow us to look beyond tomorrow. The fourth battle is the one of continuous kicking, biting, questioning, doubting and examining the general way things are. Real change comes from ‘confrontation’ with what is, the ruling systems. The last battle is that of the local and the global. What we do locally reverberates globally. The local is necessary to realize the sense of belonging while the global ensures the work itself is recognized.
This event is in Dutch combined with English.