© Sarah Jonker

NADIA is an international education and theatre creation project aimed at young audiences. The theatre collaboration project between five theatres from five different countries focuses on exploring the reasons of radicalisation of young people in western societies, and the attraction to join the Caliphate. Five small scale theatre performances were co-produced in 2017 at Fondazione Teatro Due Parma (Italy), Staatstheater Braunschweig (Germany), Det Norske Teatret Oslo (Norway), Théâtre de Liège (Belgium) and De Toneelmakerij, Amsterdam (Netherlands), connecting more than 1000 young people online. A project seminar took place at Deutsches Theater Berlin in June, where different NADIA productions were shown, and experts discussed with young audiences and artists questions of identity, belonging and how theatre is a stimulating meeting place for reflection, orientation and argumentation. The project came to a conclusion with a final gathering of all partners in Parma in December combined with a public viewing of the Belgian, Dutch and Italian productions and school productions.

The Dutch playwright Daniël van Klaveren had been commissioned to write the text for NADIA. On the basis of regular exchange during the conception and production phase the five directors Esther Jurkiewicz (DE), Peer Perez Øian (NO), Isabelle Gyselinx (BE), Giacomo Giuntini (IT) and Daniël van Klaveren (NL) worked out different perspectives on this pan-European issue. The partners collaborated digitally during the performances as part of the productions and broach the issue of virtual reality on stage. These stagings aimed for opening a dialogue between young people all over Europe and initiated questions for a longer discussion about the topic of radicalization, religious believes and human values in today's society. Therefore a digital online education tool will be developed and function as a new open-source platform for theatres all over the world.

  • NADIA premiere in Amsterdam 28-29 January 2017
  • NADIA premiere in Braunschweig 1 April 2017
  • NADIA premiere in Parma 28 April 2017
  • Project seminar at Deutsches Theater Berlin 11-14 June 2017
  • NADIA premiere in Oslo 30 August 2017
  • Dutch NADIA touring to Oslo 1-2 November 2017
  • Belgian NADIA premiere and Dutch NADIA in Liège 7-8 November 2017
  • Festival with Dutch, Belgian and Italian NADIA in Parma 11-12 December 2017
Studentenausweis Ivana Tomljenović
"The attraction of radical ideologies", DT, 12/06/17
Panel discussion with Lamya Kaddor, Said Ahmed Arid, Daniel van Kleveren, Demian Vitanza. Moderation: Kübra Gümüsay. © Katrin Thomaneck
NADIA Amsterdam by Daniël van Klaveren © ETC
NADIA Amsterdam by Daniël van Klaveren © ETC