The European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2011
In the second year of the project, Escena Erasmus won the National Charlemagne Youth Prize, and came third in the the European Charlemagne Youth Prize granted by the European Parliament, for promoting culture and ‘Europeanism’ between European youths. Escena Erasmus was the first Spanish project to win such a prestigious prize. This prize allowed Escena Erasmus to demonstrate this project to the European Parliament.
The reasons granted for winning this prize were:
- The project was a pioneer of it’s kind in Europe and complied completely with the objectives of the prize.
- It was supposed to be a serious project which continued with the European projection.
- It represents good practice and strength through the interchanges between European Universities.
- It promotes the acquisition of cultural knowledge of Europe and serves as a tool to spread knowledge about theatrical literature within Europe.
- It extends the model of European students within different universities of different countries of the European Union.
The prize was awarded in a gala within the city of Aachen in Germany on the 31st of May in 2011, and was presented by the president of the European Parliament Erzy Buzek y del Vicepresident Martin Schulz.
Las Huellas de la Barraca 2010, 2011 y 2012
For the past three consecutive years the cultural program, Escena Erasmus wins the contest ‘Las Huellas de la Barraca’ with: Europa o la nave de los locos (2010), El maravilloso retablo de las maravillas europeas (2011) and Lorca, Calderón y los estudiantes de Babel (2012).
Las Huellas de la Barraca was a cultural program of university theater created by the State Society for Cultural Commemorations in 2006 (from 2010, Spanish Cultural Action) directed by César Oliva in order to relive the experience of traveling theater groups like El Teatro del Pueblo de Alejandro Casona, El Búho de Max Aub and La Barraca de García Lorca, on the 75th anniversary of the proclamation of the Second Spanish Republic, with its policy of bringing culture to the most remote villages, made it possible.
Las Huellas de la Barraca was an annual initiative that took the name of the group best known university theater of the early twentieth century -thanks to its director, Garcia Lorca- and works of programming remained peninsular and Hispanic groups in summer for seven editions.
Following a competition and public selection open to public schools and classrooms college theater, half a dozen selected groups were subsidized to mount one of several proposed works, which varied each year depending on the chosen theme, including well more presence of pieces Golden Age or contemporary authors. All course work was shown in a traveling tour of places and peoples of Spain coinciding with some important festivals such as the Festival de Teatro Clásico de Almagro from Almagro. The tour will include different routes used for each group so that the range and can for a few dates coincide route some groups and share the stage was increased.
Las Huellas de la Barraca obtained in 2010 the Premio Dionisos, established by the UNESCO Centre of the Community of Madrid to reward theater projects with social impact. The main reasons given by the jury when failing the award were: Support the phenomenon of university theater, altruism of the actors-students, creating new theater audience, and promoting as cultural theater in territories that its geographical conditions stagecraft does not have a prominent roots.
A Video of the last show in ‘The Treads of the Shack 2012’.