Border Crossings creates 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.
Since 1995, Border Crossings has collaborated with artists and companies from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Palestine, Sweden, the USA and Zimbabwe, as well as the diverse communities of the UK.
Border Crossings productions have toured the UK, Brazil, China, Egypt, France, Hungary, India, Mauritius, Mexico, Palestine, the Seychelles, Sweden and Zimbabwe.
"Borders may appear in many guises: psychological; racial; sexual; sociological; professional; as well as geographical. Paradoxically, the border may be at once what provides us with some security about our identity, demarcating ourselves from others, while also being the barrier that prevents us from developing new capacities or trying on new identities. Theatre processes, on the other hand, depend upon the willingness of the actor to cross borders not only to impersonate the dress, manner and speech of another but also to achieve, temporarily, the ultimate expression of border-crossing, empathy."
(Prof. Tim Prentki: "Introduction to Border Crossing" - in The Applied Theatre Reader. Routledge 2009)
"What if, the girl says. Instead of saying, this border divides these places. We said, this border unites these places. This border holds together these two really interesting different places. What if we declared border crossings places where, listen, when you crossed them, you yourself became doubly possible..... Instead of having to prove who you are with a paper booklet or by showing a screen your eye or the print in your finger or the information about your face. Instead, you could prove who you are by what you see with your eyes and by what you make with your hands and - "
(Ali Smith: Spring. Hamish Hamilton 2019)
Border Crossings will be a leader in intercultural dialogue between artists, audiences and communities, working through theatre and the arts to facilitate mutual understanding, creative collaboration and positive development.
In response to the contemporary globalised world, Border Crossings creates a theatrical and cultural space in which peoples come together as equals for creativity and dialogue.
In order to do this we:
- Create high-quality international performances
- Curate festivals of Indigenous arts and culture
- Collaborate with leading artists from a range of different countries and backgrounds and with the diverse communities that make up contemporary British society
- Communicate artistic work and cultural debates through educational and media channels
Border Crossings fosters and promotes intercultural dialogue and international exchange between artists on an equal basis. We recognise and value the contributions made by all the artists and staff involved in our work, and seek to reward those contributions fairly. We aim to make our work accessible to the widest range of audiences.
Border Crossings champions a community of diverse peoples, practices, and ideas. We foster a culture which embraces diversity, respect for the individual and the expression of talent, and engages a broad and varied international audience.
Border Crossings produces theatre and other cultural products that are communally created. We strive for a shared vision through dynamic connection and communication, while celebrating the individual voice, the synthesis of competing priorities and the acknowledgement of all contributions.
Border Crossings encourages and develops theatre that is culturally, socially and politically progressive and challenging. The company recognises the value of theatre as an attribute of democracy and intercultural dialogue, with the capacity to effect real transformations in people’s lives. We are open to new ideas, striving to be creative and innovative, neither bound by formality nor constrained by convention.
Environmental concerns are crucial to our work: you can download our Environmental Policy here.
Border Crossings is certified as Carbon Neutral via Carbon Neutral Britain’s Small Business Programme.
Border Crossings has a full range of policies on Equal Opportunities, Child Protection, Lone Working etc. Our policy on Bullying, Harassment and Unwanted Sexual Attention can be downloaded here. Other policies are available on request. In line with our stance on Environmentalism and Sustainability, Border Crossings runs a virtual office, with the company's officers working sustainably from home.
In 2019, Border Crossings established a sister company in the Republic of Ireland. bordercrossings.ie
In July 2022, both companies issued THE SLIGO MANIFESTO, which you can read here, and watch in the video below.