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Scottish-Based artists explore the Four Corners of Europe

Four Scottish artists have been selected to work on the next phase of a transnational European project, Four Corners of Europe/SEAS.

Choreographer Michael Popper, playwright/director David Leddy, Artistic Director of Poorboy Theatre Sandy Thompson and visual artist Chris Biddlecombe, will collaborate with their Swedish counterparts on co-productions that centre around sea harbours, towns and resorts on one of the four coasts of the Black, North, Baltic and Mediterranean Seas.

Aberdeen and the Swedish town of Umeå (European Capital of Culture in 2014) will act as hosts for research visits, alongside other coastal venues. Four Corners of Europe/SEAS is sponsored by Intercult, based in Stockholm, Sweden. The co-productions will tour Europe from 2011 onwards.

An artists ‘blind date’ has been arranged in Aberdeen next month where the Scottish artists will meet the Swedish artists.  Working across a range of disciplines, the artists will undertake the research from May-September 2010, with the resulting proposals presented in Umeå in October. 

The blind date coincides with the launch of Aberdeen’s Cultural Strategy and the international CityScape seminar, ‘Arts and Urban Re-invention’ on 30 April and SEAS performances on 29 and 30 April in Aberdeen.

Adam Jeanes, Project Director SEAS from Intercult said:

‘For the last six years SEAS has concentrated on developing links between harbour cities, seaside towns and holiday resorts on the Baltic, Adriatic, North and Black Sea coasts through the production, presentation and touring of works created by contemporary European artists. 

‘The aim has been to reflect, contrast and propose solutions to the social, political and cultural issues of Europe’s coastal communities, many of which face similar challenges of isolation, migration and economic decline. CityScape in Aberdeen will be SEAS’ first activities in Scotland.’

CityScape: ‘Arts and Urban Re-invention’
CityScape is a conference and seminar series organised by Intercult within its on-going platform SEAS.  ‘Arts and Urban Re-invention’ will focus on the potential that cultural action has to change not only the mood of a city but also its planning and organisation. The event, funded by the Scottish Arts Council with support from the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen City Council, will also launch the Cultural Forums new strategy ‘Vibrant Aberdeen’ which articulates Aberdeen’s aspirations for arts, culture and heritage for the next five years.

The conference will bring a number of important European practitioners in culture-led regeneration together to mark the launch of Aberdeen City Council’s own ambitious Cultural Strategy. 

The event will also include the voices of two international artists who have been long-time collaborators within the SEAS platform. Norwegian visual artist Anne Lise Stenseth, whose SEAS-commissioned work The Kiss and Waste Project will be shown in Aberdeen during the conference, and Dritëro Kasapi, leading Swedish theatre director whose multi-media performance Glorious Death  was inspired by his visit to Skegness.  Glorious Death will also be presented on 29 and 30 April in a local Aberdeen public house.

For more information:
Contact WhiteSpace on (01224) 523640,
email kamcdonald@aberdeencity.gov.uk
or visit www.seas.se
or www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/vibrantaberdeen

See also
* Vibrant Aberdeen
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