With the experience of the lockdown measures since the end of October 2020, it becomes clear that there is no possibility to continue with the artistic work processes as they used to be before the pandemic. The entire sector will – and has to – change enormously and is currently in a phase of transition.
This questionnaire aims to collect data to examine the economic and sociopolitical situation of independent performing arts in Europe.
Signed by 12 major European theatre and performing arts networks, The Dresden Declaration sets out conclusions from the first ‘EuropeanTheatre Forum 2020: European Performing Arts in Focus’ and calls on Europe to urgently create a plan to revive the sector during and after the pandemic.
EAIPA was part of the of the consortium group for the European Theatre Forum on November 11th – 13th 2020 in Dresden, Germany.
Kristína Zátrochová in conversation with Marta Poláková about the newly established study programme ‘Dance Theatre and Performance’ at the Academy of the Performing Arts in Bratislava
Author: Kristína Zátrochová
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At first, we need to define the term our narrative will employ:
it is one initially used for naming the art forms conceived outside the state structures – “independent”.
Author: Mira Todorova
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The independent performing arts sector – comprising a range of non-governmental performing arts organisations, non-formal collectives and individuals, producing primarily visual and physical theatre, experimental drama theatre, street theatre and other interdisciplinary theatre forms – is nowadays considered to be the most vital and progressive part of a vivid general theatre scene in Slovenia.
Author: Tomaž Zaniuk
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Without a doubt, Ukrainian theatre is deeply embedded in the country‘s search for national identity. It has persevered through the prohibition of Ukrainian language, the inferiority complex, the perception of Russian art as the standard that was to be imitated. Everything created outside of such norm, everything that even tried to seek out new forms of expression and to touch on the topic of European experience was revolutionary.
Author: Miroslava Todorova
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Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, responded to the European Association of Independent Performing Arts’ letter, in which we outlined our concerns regarding the current crisis and asked the Commissioner to share with us the measures the Commission is currently implementing to counter the effects of the pandemic.
With a population of roughly 360,000, it should come as no surprise that the Icelandic performing arts scene is small. Very small. On the whole, it is a tightly knit group of people passionate about theatre.
Author: Sigridur Jonsdottir
© Picture: Jóhanna Helga Þorkelsdóttir