Border Crossings was established in 2019 to create new intercultural, multi-media theatre in response to the contemporary globalised world. The company works across the borders between cultures and art forms, and between nations and peoples.
Border Crossings advocates for a universally accessible approach to cultural work, with particular stress on:
• Social Integration. Border Crossings works with artists and international cultural partners to make theatre and other cultural outputs that reflect the increasingly multicultural and international nature of Irish society. The company’s approach embraces the international dimension of Irish life occasioned by the arrival of new citizens, and offers a space where people of different backgrounds can encounter one another’s cultures on an equal footing.
• International Collaboration. Border Crossings works with partners across the European Union and beyond to develop innovative new approaches to theatrical and cultural creation, participation and learning. By collaborating with international artists and cultural operators of high professional standing, Border Crossings aims to enhance the cultural offer in the Irish Republic, and generate international opportunities for Irish artists.
• Participation and Education. Border Crossings works closely with the diverse communities of contemporary Ireland, both within the education system and at a grassroots community level, to enable wide and varied participation in cultural activities, regardless of ethnic and cultural identity, religious beliefs, and socio-economic background. Border Crossings’ education and community work relates directly to the company’s professional projects, ensuring an ongoing dialogue between artistic production and the development of community participation.
Border Crossings is an Organisational Member of Youth Theatre Ireland.
Working with Border Crossings (UK)
Border Crossings is the Irish sister company of an organisation of the same name, based in the UK, which was established in 1995, and has twenty-five years of experience in intercultural performance, curation and community work. www.bordercrossings.org.uk
Artistic Director of both organisations, Michael Walling (pictured) studied post-graduate courses in Irish Theatre and Acting at Trinity College, Dublin in the late 1980s, where he co-directed Denis Johnston’s THE OLD LADY SAYS NO! at the Samuel Beckett Studio. He has since directed many Irish plays, including a second production of Johnston’s play, Stewart Parker’s SPOKESONG, WB Yeats’ A FULL MOON IN MARCH and THE DREAMING OF THE BONES. He has taught Irish Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London.
In 2011, Border Crossings was part of the Platform for Intercultural Europe’s delegation to Belfast, where we engaged in discussions around the role of culture in peace-building and community regeneration across the island of Ireland, in a European context. In 2016, Border Crossings worked closely with Tallaght Community Arts and the Chester Beatty Library on the EU’s Voices of Culture Report on the Role of Culture in the Integration of Refugees.
Board of Directors
Border Crossings currently has three directors on the board:
Niall Henry is Artistic Director of Blue Raincoat, the theatre ensemble he founded in Sligo in 1991, after training in Paris. He has also directed for Ireland's National Theatre: Playboy of the Western World in 2002, and more recently Colm Toibin's Beauty in a Broken Place for abbey one hundred.
Catriona Sinclair is an experienced fundraiser with a background in science and has worked for several charities including the Science Museum Group, RSPB and most recently the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
Dr. Alastair Niven (Chair) has published over 100 articles on aspects of Commonwealth and post-colonial literature. He has been Literature Director of both Arts Council England and the British Council, and Principal of Cumberland Lodge, Windsor. He has served as a judge at the Booker Prize and for twenty years was the Chairman of the Advisory Committee to the Commonwealth Writers Prize. From 2003 to 2007 he was President of English PEN.
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