TEO: theater space located in the heart of the city and has a colorful biography: was built in the 19th century by the Italians, later served as a wine cellar for Madame Trubetskaya, and in the 20th century served as a military and food storehouse. Completely new life this place was acquired in November 2017 – it was converted into a modern theater space. The “theater under the ground” TEO is called to make contemporary art closer to the audience of Odessa and become a place for a personal meeting of the artist with the viewer, who directly involved in its development.
Our main message is that a place has been created where actors, directors, musicians have the opportunity of free creativity. We organized the conditions for making European level performances. For today five plays have been created. Also exhibitions, lectures and video shows of theater plays let us to engage more than 20000 viewers in such a short period (two years).
TEO works both as a producing theatre and as a presenting one. We have created 7 own performances till now — two shows based on plays of Euripides, one — on Kai Hensel’s piece, one more — on russian film ‘Green Elephant’ directed by S.Baskova, two shows for children and the performance based on Vasily Sigarev’s piece. Also as part of the residence program, three solo performances were staged by young directors from Odessa.
As a presenting theatre TEO invites the best theater groups from Ukraine to show their performances on our stage. There have been more than 10 shows up to now.
The educational platform includes open lectures and artist talks. The lecture program focuses on the cultural history of the contemporary art and the talks are about the practical issues of performing art. This part of our work is intended to create an interdisciplinary dialogue — not only between artists and the audience, but also among persons of different views on society and art.
We are open for any cooperation offers. Please, contact us if you have any ideas on how we could cooperate.