SPACE presents a unique form of documentary theatre in various media. The projects border between fiction and reality, through which complex social themes are playfully and unconventionally dissected and personalized. SPACE is searching for the theatrical emulation of the documentary. The wicked problems of our time are made relatable and perceptible to a wide audience through the politics of the personal.
The makers invite artists, scientists and experience experts from various disciplines and fields to participate as co-authors in the projects and expand their own stories in order to convey an engaged worldview and advance an evocative proposition that starts with the question: ‘What if this would happen to us?’ What would we do in that situation?’
SPACE investigates the transition period in which we find ourselves and aims to get grip on reality, on our daily lives. SPACE searches for the story we share without avoiding the differences.
The makers of SPACE regard themselves as contemporary storytellers and have grown into specialists in the field of immersive collaborative storytelling. SPACE does not make performances for the public, but with them.
The visitors and participants step into an experience. By conjuring an imaginary world together the audience gets highly involved in a unique exchange of thoughts that arises on the spot.
SPACE believes in the power of art and is committed to synergizing various sources of knowledge like science, art, education, journalism or the (unseen) knowledge of experience experts through interactive collaboration.
SPACE’s performative concepts are increasingly implemented outside the art sector. The tailor-made scenarios create immersive experiences that have depth but are not elitist. The projects are often humorous and challenge the participants to drop preconditioned thought patterns and make room for new questions, new connections and exchange ideas and experience regardless of expertise, age or cultural background.
Petra Ardai is the artistic director of SPACE. She works with Marieke Nooren, dramaturge and co-concept developer with a background in projects that connect art, science and business.
‘…SPACE does not “rub it in”, the artists don’t make political demagoguery worse by going into theatre demagoguery, they have a vision of the world and they are looking forward to our opinion, they do not patronize us, they take us as equal partners, as adults, they go with us in dialogue, they encourage us to self-reflection and self-irony, so we come to a state where we can laugh about ourselves and think about who we are and what kind of a world we live in.’
Tamás Koltai, in Élet és irodalom (H) about SPACE
We Are Space
Artistic director: Petra Ardai
Business manager: Eric de Ruijter
Board of directors:
Voorzitter: Anneke Jansen (Directeur Asko|Schönberg)
Secretaris: Mascha Christine Ihwe (Directeur Newland Festival)
Penningmeester: Kristof Racz (Manager Tax Technology & Data Analytics bij PricewaterhouseCoopers)
Bestuurslid: Sophie Logothetis (programme manager Europe for Citizens and EUNIC bij DutchCulture)
Stichting We Are Space
Intra-UE Vat no.: NL803230862B01
Official registration no.: 41214258
IBAN: NL17 INGB 0006 9905 04