Ana Monro Theatre members have been active in the field of contemporary performative street arts since 1982, or as we like to say – we have been creating for the street and on the street for 40 years! We are specialists in organising and creating cultural events in public space, which we are transforming into a stage for arts and a space for meeting and cooperation of general audiences, in order to connect them into a single community, if only just for a short time.
When, during the epidemic, access to and use of public space was limited, we sought new ways to connect with our audience that was forced to stay at home. So, we embarked on a mission to bring theatre to their domestic backyards, and began developing the Art Yard doorstep theatre project.
In this context, we are transferring our many years of knowledge and experience from public spaces to the community areas of newly built residential neighbourhoods. We use arts as a tool to achieve a social engagement, to awaken in the inhabitants a sense of belonging, and to help them connect into a single, strong and lasting community, in person as opposed to over distance or over social networks in virtual space.
We create a meeting place for them in their backyards and encourage them to get-to-know one another, make contacts, connect and socialise. In times of “new reality”, such support is even more important and necessary, because during the (too) long period of epidemiological restrictions, people almost grew accustomed to being apart, and many even developed anxiousness or distrust towards physical contact with other people.
The Art Yard project hence goes beyond its local scope and addresses the global problem of a personal alienation as a consequence of the epidemic. Or, in this context, through cooperation with smaller local communities, it strives to re-socialize society as a whole.