The Main Work will take place in Pontedera, Italy, led by the artistic core group. Rehearsals, practical research and artistic preparation of the projects endeavors will take place therein. Here the creative center is shaped from which all specific undertakings will spring. Within the Main Work there will also unfold the specific activity entitled Tradition and Performance.
Tradition and Performance is one way of tracing access to, and contact with the researches of the Workcenter, for specific groups but also for interested individuals. Each year, young theatre groups will be chosen for in-depth extended meetings and exchanges-in-work with the Workcenter team: during the first year two groups from France, two from Bulgaria, two from Greece and one from Cyprus; during the second year two from the UK, two from Russia, two from Poland, one from Tunisia and one from Cyprus; during the third year, two from Greece, two from Bulgaria and two from France. Each group will be invited to Pontedera for a period of one week, on some occasions together with another group from a different country.
Throughout the three years theatre groups and ensembles from all the participating countries will be involved in Tradition and Performance: these groups will be researched and selected by co-organizers and partners in collaboration with Thomas Richards prior to the realization of each one of the three phases of the said activity.
Within Tradition and Performance, aside from these in-depth extended meetings and exchanges-in-work with and between chosen groups, events will take place which, due to their nature, will contact individual artists, professionals, scholars and experts from participating countries, as well as non-professionals and theatre-lovers. Most of the larger events in Tradition and Performance throughout the three years will be hosted in the locals of Fondazione Pontedera Teatro: public meetings and conferences, public projections of film documentaries, performances. All events that presuppose a different environment will take place in the locals of the Main Work.