Along the Walk is run by three European performing arts companies – Combats Absurdes from Lyon, Gorilla Theater from Berlin and Kolektiv Narobov from Ljubljana. For over 20 years we have been creating, producing, exploring and working together in the field of artistic improvisation. The core team of Along the Walk consists of members of our companies: Maja Dekleva Lapajne and Matthieu Loos share the artistic direction, Christoph Jungmann and Juš Milčinski share the managing direction, Ulrike Adam and Baptiste Colin join as producers and public relations managers.
Kolektiv Narobov – Ljubljana, SLO
Narobov is a professional performing arts collective from Ljubljana. The Narobovs have developed their own specific style by experimenting with improvisation in different performance contexts, from improvisational theatre, clown theatre, physical theatre and cabaret to concert performances, dance pieces, radio plays, film, site-specific performances and street interventions. Apart from their work across different genres, the Narobovs seek to fuse their individual expertise in different fields – cultural studies and philosophy, social work and education – into new ways of understanding the possibilities of improvisation in a broader artistic and social context. Kolektiv Narobov’s artistry in spontaneous composition and live interaction with the audience has evolved into diverse award-winning work, guest-performing and teaching in Slovenia, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Armenia, Georgia, Macedonia, Canada, the United States and Australia. Through intensive tours of guest performances across Europe and North America, the Narobovs have built a wide artistic network and developed it further by their biannual international festival of improvisational theatre, the Naked Stage. Interested in longer creation processes, deeper and sustainable work relations, international cocreation and intercultural dialogue, they have co-developed and collaborated in three European projects: Should I Stay or Should I Go? (2013-2015), Our Lives (2017-2019) and Along the Walk (2022-2024).
Combats Absurdes – Lyon, FRA
That sometimes celebrates absurdity, sometimes fights it.
Unreasonable nonsense, to split the illogical,
But that stimulate.
Lyonnaise willingly, Alsatian infused, Combats Absurdes wanders between contemporary theater and art performances. Explorer in love with inconsistencies, the troupe tickles our contradictions, convinced that in their friction a form of life is created! The rest is poetry.
Gathering artists from different countries in Europe and around the Mediterranean sea, Combats Absurdes is a Euro-Mediterranean group. On stage, cultures and languages are mixed. These combined complicities forge an essential desire: to strive together. Thus, the very nature of the troupe, formally, girds an artistic commitment for Peace, with its chances and its perils.
DIE GORILLAS – BERLIN, GER
Gorilla Theater is one of Germany’s most reputable professional improvisational theatre companies. They are based in Berlin, where they have built a very large audience in more than 25 years of the company’s existence, resulting in regular performances in different venues across the city, almost every day of the week. Apart from a very dense schedule of their own theatre events, members of Gorilla Theater regularly work as cultural educators, teaching theatre courses for young people in local schools and offering regular workshops in improvisation and collective storytelling for amateurs as well as communication and presentation coaching for business professionals. Last but not least, for the past 20 years Die Gorillas have been yearly organizing Europe’s biggest international festival of improvisational theatre, inviting artists from all corners of the world, thus making Berlin a hub for the international improvisation scene.
Along the Walk is co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union
Paris – FRA
VILLE DE LYON
Lyon – FRA
Goethe Institut Lyon
Lyon – FRA
HedS – Haute Ecole de Santé
Geneva – CH
Strasbourg – FRA
Lyon – FRA
Lyon – FRA
Pondrôme – BEL