Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Ellen Stewart International Award Executive Committee announced the selection of Zoukak Theatre Company as the recipient of 2018-19 Ellen Stewart International Award for work that promotes social change and community participation with a particular focus on the engagement of young people.

As the recipient of the award, Zoukak will be in Residence at La MaMa Umbria International and present a production at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds during the Summer of 2019. In addition, we will participate in the World Congress of the International Theatre Institute and share our work at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York.

The Committee considered a remarkable group of Nominees who are ambitious, effective and inspiring theatre artists from more than 20 countries whose extraordinary work promotes social change and community participation with a particular focus on the engagement of young people.

The production that Zoukak proposed is an investigation about love as a risk-taking drive that anchors us in the present moment, together. Like theatre, love takes place in the “here” and “now” and allows individuals to transform the irrevocability of their pasts and the projections of their futures into infinite possibilities in the present.
Inspired by poetry of Arab Andalucía, a melting pot of cultures and religions and in many ways, a symbol of tolerance and co-existence, and departing from a broad definition of love. The work involves real stories of people from different communities and cultures; especially people who have been through difficult circumstances and who have encountered love in unexpected places, questioning how it has affected their paths and their views of the world.

The Ellen Stewart International Award named for La MaMa founder Ellen Stewart, celebrates her remarkable lifetime achievements in the theatre and her dedication to creating a world theatre which embraces all traditions and cultural identities. Through the theatre, countless younger people were inspired by Ellen Stewart as artists and generators of personal and social change.

The International Executive Committee of the Ellen Stewart Award includes:
Tobias Biancone (General Director ITI World Organization), Emilya Cachapero  (Director Artistic and International Programs, Theatre Communications Group, USA), Frank Carucci  (President, La MaMa ETC, New York), Moreno Cerquetelli (Journalist, Theater Critic for RAI, Italy), David J. Diamond  (La MaMa Umbria International, Italy), Giorgio Ferrara (Artistic Director, Festival of 2 Worlds, Spoleto), Mia Yoo  (Artistic Director, La MaMa ETC, New York), Andrea Paciotto  (Seoul Institute of The Arts, Korea), Fabio Tolledi (President, ITI Italy) and Gherardo Vitali Rosati (Journalist, Playwright, Italy).