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 a registered charity, and 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 five 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.
Dr. Charlotte McIvor is Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is the author of Migration and Performance in Contemporary Ireland: Towards a New Interculturalism, and editor of Interculturalism and Performance Now - New Directions?
Nadia Moussed is a Youth and Community Worker in Cork.
Catriona Sinclair is an experienced fundraiser with a background in science and has worked for several charities including the Science Museum Group, RSPB, the Royal Institution of Great Britain and FRAME (The Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments).
Jatinder Verma (Chair) founded Tara Arts in 1977, serving as its first Artistic Director until 2019. During his four decades, he developed a distinctive approach to theatre – adapting Asian dramaturgical principles to European drama - which he has termed “Binglish”. The approach characterised an eclectic range of productions, including Moliere’s Tartuffe at the UK National Theatre in 1990, where Jatinder was the first-ever non-white director. Awarded an MBE for services to diversity in the arts in January 2017, Jatinder has, since stepping down from Tara, formed his formed his own company, JVProductions, to pursue projects in Britain and overseas.
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