a platform for the dialogue in-between performative practices and research


Cross Pollination (CP) runs an expanded, nomadic laboratory for the dialogue in-between practices, both
scholarly and performance-based, as an integral and essential part of a politics of embodied research in
theatre and performance. In CP, performers, theatre makers and researchers work together on the
transmission, transformation and generation of knowledge, while exchanging highly specialized
techniques. CP bases it’s framework on the principles of fertile differences, dialogue and collaboration
between practices of art, community building and academic research.
The platform was founded in 2017 by Adriana La Selva and Marije Nie after the 10th ISTA session in
Albino, Italy, and it has been a resident group at the Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium since then. The actions
of the collective have been taking place in many different settings across Europe.
Many performers, theatre makers and researchers build unique and personal constellations of practice
and (embodied) knowledge about the art of the performer, theatre and its relation to society at large,
with angles that challenge, inform and complement each other.
Cross Pollination gives individual artists and researchers a way to connect outside of production
pressure and bureaucratic hierarchies, with time for creative research, nourishment, making
professional friendships and colleagues. It investigates the craft, ethics and resistance that lie in breaking
through the pressure of competition and isolation, in connecting to personal lineage in a time of
a-historic and eternal ‘nowness’, in seeing each other through the invisibility of the ‘fame-less’ and
offliners, in connecting the local with the global, the craft with the thought, the individual with the
collective.

Working Structure of Cross Pollination
Cross Pollination is organised in three pillars.
1. Cross Pollination sessions: intensive closed laboratory sessions for performers, artists and
researchers where new practices are developed.
2. The Parliament of Practices: a broader network of performers and researchers, investigating
modes and forms of (embodied) dialogue
3. CROP : production house of CP for public events including performances, work demonstrations,
educational activities and workshops

The Parliament of Practices
The Parliament of Practices is a discursive strategy, an action that has generated an interdisciplinary
platform for artists and scholars who are interested in the dialogue in-between practices and research.
The Parliament breaks through professional boundaries, fragmentation and isolation and creates an
ongoing dialogue through devised strategies. It provides the opportunity and space for sharing,
exchange and knowledge creation based on personal practices and artistic genealogies.
Our strategies are multi-voiced, co-created and flexible in form. They include studio work sessions, the
development of platforms for exchange through various online media and offline contexts, creating
opportunities for writing collaborations and performative actions.

Central to the Parliament is the idea of ‘speaking from the practice’. Practice is the anchor of the
Parliament, which grounds it in direct and embodied knowledge that comes from doing. It resonates
with a particular genealogy of theatre laboratory research and Third Theatre. From this anchor the
Parliament connects and extrapolates to other levels of social organisation, civic life and society at large.

CROP is the nomadic production house of Cross Pollination, concerned with producing events of
affiliated artists that are related to the Cross Pollination research. CROP facilitates the development of
new forms for creating and sharing performative material, in all stages of the work and including in
non-theatrical and public space.
All CROP productions are built on the principle of merging personal knowledge and skills with the
perspectives and principles of others, while using the Cross Pollination working structures and strategies
for creation. Workshops are always given by at least two members and focus on the intertwining of
practices. Our practices have been implemented in different European Universities and theatre and
dance institutions.
CROP wants to contribute to a healthier ecology of art and artists, research and production. This
involves connecting performances and research networks, increasing the sustainability of collaborations
and the exchange and connections between artists themselves and their work practices. This production
house thus fills a gap within the arts landscape: a group of diverse and independent working theater
makers / artists enter into a consistent relationship with each other and with different institutions, in
order to build up long- term and sustainable opportunities for artistic development.