Residency artists and researchers Performing arts, performance art Nada& Co. Performing arts group Nada Gambier (FI/BE), Thomas Kasebacher (AT) and Mark Etchells (UK) come together for The Voice of a City, a multi-disciplinary project in which they travel between worlds and times in an imaginative and reflective way. Between April 2017 and February 2018 they visit the four corners of Europe (Georgia, Finland, Belgium/France and Greece) in search of stories, testimonies and observations on the current state of affairs. During their travels they engage in conversations with a diverse range of local inhabitants, together reflecting on such notions as belonging, change and wealth. These encounters and the immersion into specific local contexts, for up to a month at a time, prompts them to engage in a creative process where texts are written, images captured in the form of video, photography and drawing and sounds are collected, sounds that somehow transmit the nature of the places visited and the people met along the way. Between the 14th and the 27th of August the artists will be in residency at the Saari Manor, conducting their research in the Southwest region of Finland, meeting, among others, a fisherman, a journalist and a priest. In May 2018 the process will turn from research to creation whilst material is selected, fine-tuned, re-worked and put into the form of an exhibition, a performance and a publication that will go on tour in the spring and autumn of 2019. Nada Gambier, Thomas Kasebacher and Mark Etchells work in the performing arts since many years. In this project their love for writing, their hunger for spontaneity, their willingness to dive into the unknown and their excitement towards ordinary things and people, comes together. The three of them are known to navigate between disciplines (theater, dance, performance, visual arts) and together they have a colourful palette of projects and experiences in their baggage. Nada Gambier studied contemporary dance and is based in Brussels. In 2015 she founded Nada & Co. that now produces her work (including this project). Thomas Kasebacher studied comparative literature and performing arts. He is based in Vienna (AT). Mark Etchells studied fisheries and ocean science with marine technology. He lives in Barnstaple, North Devon (UK). 5-28 April 2017, The Voice of a City-TBILISI (GE) 29 May-23 June 2017, The Voice of a City-EUROMETROPOLE REGION (BE/FR) 14-27 August 2017, The Voice of a City-SOUTHWEST OF FINLAND Feb/March 2018, The Voice of a City- ATHENS (GR) The Voice of a City is financially supported by Koneen Säätio, Buda Arts Center in Kortrijk and Action Scénique vzw in Belgium as well as the Flemish Ministry of Culture. The project is also supported, in Belgium, by WpZimmer in Antwerp, Takt Dommelhof in Neerpelt and La Bellone in Brussels and abroad by Gallery Nectar in Tbilisi (GE), Experimental Stage (National Theater of Greece) in Athens (GR), Tanzhaus Zurich (CH), Le Vivat in Armentières (FR) and Le Phénix in Valenciennes (FR).