VIDEO: THE EUROPEAN OF THE YEAR


#4 Kostas Polychronopoulos



Featuring Ioannis Panagopoulos

Directed by Eric de Vroedt


Camera operator | postproduction: Fabian Hoffmann

Assistance | stage design: Dorothea Lütke Wöstmann

Assistance | dramaturgy: Miriam Wendschoff


From 17 - 22 August 2015, the UTE Decentralized Academy got settled in Bochum for a new masterclass directed by Dutch theatre maker Eric de Vroedt. Eight participant actors from Germany, Bulgaria, France, Greece and Israel/Palestine came together to work on a series of monologues for the “European of the Year”.


Ioannis Panagopoulos graduated from the Drama School of the National Theatre of Greece in Athens in 2009. Ioannis chose Kostas Polychronopoulos, the founder of the movement O Allos Anthropos (Social Kitchen – The other Human) as his 'European of the Year'. O Allos Anthropos serves at least 120 meals per day and also community and conversation to refugees and homeless people. Starting on January 2015, O Allos Anthropos tours Greece, cooking publicly for people in cities across the country. Their goal is to set an example for local communities so that they may continue the effort. Shorty after the end of the masterclass, Polychronopoulos was honored the 'European Citizen’s Prize' for 2015 that is given by the European Parliament to honor citizens providing social aid where the states fails to do so, but Polychronopoulos refused to accept the Prize in order to protest the austerity polices of the European Union.


Eric de Vroedt

From September 2016 on, Eric de Vroedt will be the artistic director of the National Theatre (Nationale Toneel) in Den Haag/Netherlands. During the last seasons, he worked regularly at the Schauspielhaus Bochum where he premiered with Hugo Claus’ Freitag (Season 2013/14) and with Judith Herzberg’s Leas Hochzeit (Season 2013/14).


Our special thanks go to:

The team of the Schauspielhaus Bochum!


A project of the Decentralized Academy of the Union des Théâtres de l’Europe

at the Schauspielhaus Bochum (Germany) | 17 – 22 August 2015


In the framework of the CONFLICT ZONES network-programme of the UTE.

With the support of the "Creative Europe" programme of the European Union.