A European Youth
The ISO Manifesto

November 2012. We are eleven young Europeans — ten actors and one stage director from Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Israel and France. We are all meeting for the first time at the Maly Drama Theatre in Saint Petersburg, in the context of a masterclass directed by Lev Dodin.


Our common motivation?

The desire to play theatre somewhere other than in our respective country, to extend our theatrical experience to Europe, and with the idea that cultural differences are enriching.


Out of this decisive encounter, questions about theatre, about difference, about Europe naturally arose. We almost immediately realized, though:

We want to make theatre together…

…and we want to find a way to overcome this question: Were we the ‘ambassadors’ of the theatre of our own country during the masterclass?


"When facing an actor from another country, didn't I find myself, at one point or another, wondering, “If he acts this way, maybe that’s because s/he is from another country?” And when facing an actor trained with a different method than mine, “If he acts this way, maybe this is because s/he went to a different acting school?”


Does each country have its own theatrical identity? And, in a broader sense, would it be relevant to talk of a European theatrical identity?


February 2013. We are eleven young Europeans — ten actors and one stage director from Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Israel and France. We are now the ISO Theatre.


Eleven different views on theatre.

Eleven different views on Europe.

Eleven different individuals united under the banner of theatre and Europe, willing to work on our differences to understand what it is that unites us.


What is at the heart of our researches?

EUROPE AS A CULTURAL ENTITY.


If we have declared Europe as an economic and political entity, what about Europe as a cultural entity? It seems that this Europe is still under construction, and we consider this construction a priority for the future of Europe.


Amongst us, this construction is already happening. For the moment, we are all scattered around Europe, but we are trying our best to overcome these frontiers, especially thanks to the indispensable tool that is the internet: we write to each other, we share videos, etc. English still remains the main language of communication, but we are seeking to find our own common language. This idea to establish our own language stems from our experiences in the different UTE masterclasses. To evolve, we learn from our masters. We convert obstacles into strength.


We firmly believe that the European identity is based on culture. But this notion of cultural identity when talking about Europe is quite an impalpable concept. It is both impossible to locate and difficult to seize because of its multiplicity.


We want to explore this Europe of culture — on the ground, empirically. We want to build it together. We want to make it real, concrete, and tangible. We have already chosen the space where we want this to happen: the stage.


It will emerge from our readings, discussions, research on stage, and it will finally come into life in the form of a multilingual show that would tour in different countries — first in Europe, then beyond — in order to truly experience this interpretation of a cultural Europe.


ISO THEATRE — International Super Objective Theatre. That's our name.


ISO stands for “International Super Objective Theatre”, after Stanislavski's concept, which was inspired to us by Lev Dodin, during our meeting in Saint Petersburg.

The term “ISO”, which also means “equal”, refers to the international norm used to measure the surface of sensibility.


ISO stands for “International Super Objective Theatre”, after Stanislavski's concept — Lev Dodin gave us this inspiration during our meeting in Saint Petersburg.

The term “ISO”, which also means “equal”, refers to the international norm used to measure the surface of sensibility.


Petya Alabozova, Charlotte Corman, Vanessa Fonte, Bilana Georgieva, Aglaia Katsiki, Alex Krul, Boris Krastev, Sophie Lewisch, Vincent Menjou-Cortès, Alberto Onofrietti, Angélique Zaini