Eugen van Erven teaches and coordinates the module ‘Community Performance’ at Theatre Studies. He is the program director of the International Community Arts Festival in Rotterdam and coordinator of the research program of Community Arts Lab (CAL) in Utrecht. This organization documents and analyses current community art projects in Utrecht, amongst other places, and contributes to international theoretical reflection regarding community art
Eugene was the executive producer, researcher, sound recorder in the development of ‘Community Theatre: Global Perspectives’, a 90-minute feature documentary, published and distributed in 2003 by Routledge in London and New York and directed by Rod Prosser (Vanguard Films, Wellington, New Zealand) for Memphis Film and Television/Ocean Film Productions in Utrecht. The film was screened for a week at the Hoogt Cinema in Utrecht, and excerpts were seen on BVN TV and on NOVA in the fall of 1998.
International Community Arts Festival
Eugene van Erven is also artistic director of the International Community Arts Festival in Rotterdam. It is the most important event in this rapidly expanding field in the world. The fifth edition in 2011 featured unique performances of the Australian award-winning performance group Big hART, the indigenous theatre company Debajehmujig from Canada and the Community Theatre Company of the Glasgow Citizens Theatre, all of whom had never been to Holland before. One of the world’s most respected community dance companies, Dance United from England, also participated in the festival. And there will be film, new media, visual arts, dance, and music by artists from North and South America, Africa and many European countries.
Eugene worked as a director and/or producer of various shows and video documentary projects in collaboration with Instituto di Cultura and the National Library of Aruba, the Utrecht School of Economics (2003) and theatre makers Phllip Mann (New Zealand’s best-known theatre director, 2003), Australian director Venetia Gillot (2002), Sally Gordon (LA, 2001) at Utrecht’s University College.
Eugene has also facilitated, produced and directed 15 original student shows at the University College Utrecht, the English Department of Utrecht University, and at the Theatre Department of Victoria University in Wellington (New Zealand). He has produced professional performance events in the Netherlands with dancer Wilson Picó from Ecuador, L.A.-based poet-performer Susan Suntree, New York-based playwright Harry Newman, the Australian performance group People Next Door (featuring Richard Murphet, Monica Barone and Boris Kelly), and, in 1989, a major 30-stop traveling theatre festival called Cry of Asia!, which included performers from 10 different Asian countries. He also produced Cry of Asia’s European premiere at the Avignon Festival.
NL In 2008 ontving Eugène van Erven de Marie Kleine-Gartman Pen voor zijn werk, uit handen van Marijke Hoogenboom. Hij heeft de pen inmiddels overgedragen aan Wouter Hillaert, en schreef het Marie Kleine-Gartman Essay 2009.