TERRORisms – 2013/2015

A two-year theatre project
by Union of Theatres of Europe, France
the Staatsschauspiel Stuttgart, Germany
the National Theatre of Oslo, Norway
the Jugoslovensko Dramsko Pozoriste, Belgrade, Serbia
the Habima – National Theatre of Tel Aviv, Israel
the Young Vic Theatre London, England
the Shiber Hur Company, Palestine

Theatre productions, creation of new texts, translations, production exchanges, conferences, scientific and literary publications, work meeting of artists and a TERROR festival

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

From 2013 to 2015, theatres from Oslo, Stuttgart, Belgrade, Tel Aviv and London will get closer to their TERRORisms. They will elaborate different points of view, exploring different aspects likely to determine our fundamentally our societies.

All through 2013-2015, new texts written by renowned contemporary playwrights from all over Europe will give way to a series of productions exchanges among the participating theatres. Two conferences in Oslo and Stuttgart will mark the beginning and the end of the project, leading to two publications dealing with the issue of terrorism and its appropriation by artists. Finally, a festival in Stuttgart showcasing all these various productions is planned to take place in summer 2015.


“There is no terrorism in singular form, but a variety of TERRORisms”

OSLO 2011. On the 22nd of July, a young man detonated a bomb in the government quarter of Oslo. A few hours later he shot young people at the ruling party’s summer camp. 77 people died. In his manifesto he explained his motivations. | HAIFA 2012. After preparing dinner for her family, a 35 year-old woman shortly leaves the house to get some rice. When she comes back at night three days later, her hair has turned white. | TEL AVIV 1948. “Olei Hagardom“ threw bombs on buses and hotels, they broke into jail in order to release all the underground members, they kidnapped British Sergeants and later hanged them in the forest, finally they were arrested and executed after a trial. Today, streets are called after them. Museums immortalize their acts. | SARAJEVO 1914. Gavrilo Princip was aged seventeen when he assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie on the 28th of June. He was a poet. He was a Yugoslav nationalist. | NEW YORK 2001. “Over Christmas, in too long nights, at the transition between one year and the next, the ghosts of the lives that disappeared on September 11th at Ground zero rose up around the world, they rose up to the heads and the brains of the people. The thought of REVENGE was suddenly incontestably plausible.” (Rainald Goetz, Elfter september 2010) We are still living among those ghosts (and new ones).

TERROR. Fright is multi-faceted and surprising. As 1977 Laqueur pointed out: “the term terrorism has been used for so many different meanings that it almost completely lost its sense.” 26 years later he gave following observation: “There is no philosophical introduction to the basis of terrorism, there is no Clausewitz, not even a Jomini and this may also never change for the simple reason that there is no terrorism in singular form, but a variety of terrorisms. What works for one variety does not necessarily work for all of them.”