SharedSpace: Music Weather Politics

Series of gatherings SharedSpace: Music Weather Politics that take place in The Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute in Warsaw (PL) from September 2013 until November 2014 are part of the beginning phase of the Prague Quadrennial’s long-term exploration within the SharedSpace: Music Weather Politics 2013–2016 project. This international workshops in Warsaw have an aim to create an environment for young artists interested in examine contemporary scenography and new forms of space in relation with SharedSpace theme. Music, Weather, Politics is the central thematic framework of the international scenography research and artistic project SharedSpace, aiming to create platform for exploration, redefining and creating, performative environments. Organized by the Prague Quadrennial and 13 European institutions, SharedSpace: Music Weather Politics is open for all scenographers, theatre-makers, architects, theorists, art professionals, students and wide public. Symposia, exhibitions and educational modules will be held in 11 European countries intensively, with the culmination point at Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2015. SharedSpace is organized by the Prague Quadrennial in cooperation with: Finnish National Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma Theatre; New Theatre Institute of Latvia; Santarcangelo dei Teatri; Victoria and Albert Museum; HKU Theatre, University of the Arts, Utrecht; Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague; The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; Centre for Creative Actions IMPACT Macedonia; Center for Polish Scenography, Silesian Museum; Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute; Norwegian Theatre Academy/Østfold University College; The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia; School of Visual Theatre Jerusalem. Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space is the world’s largest event dedicated to theatre architecture and scenography, perceiving it as an open category with strong interdisciplinary discourse. Continuously mapping and exhibiting the world’s best in the field of scenography and performance design for nearly 50 years, the Prague Quadrennial now heads towards the 13th edition in June 2015. It is organized and funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and realized by the Arts and Theatre Institute (CZ). With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. More information at: www.pq.cz and www.sharedspace.cz                          ...

World Scenography

Book Series: World Scenographies World Scenography is a book series that documents significant contemporary theatrical design worldwide since 1975. It is an official project of OISTAT, the International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians. The international editorial team for World Scenography is led by co-editors Peter McKinnon (Canada) and Eric Fielding (USA). The Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute has been involved in the project since 2010. There has been no comprehensive documentation of global scenography since the four-volume series Stage Design Throughout the World, by Belgian professor René Hainaux, covered the period 1935–1975. This new series will cover the periods of 1975–1990, 1990–2005, and 2005–2015 respectively. The first volume was launched at the USITT Conference in Long Beach, California, in March 2012 and in 2014 it received the USITT’s Golden Pen Award. More information about the project at: www.worldscenography.org...

PACE.V4 (Performing Arts Central Europe – Visegrad Countries Focus)

Performing Arts Central Europe – Visegrad Countries Focus (PACE.V4) is a pilot project of joint presentation of the four Visegrad countries at major international events, such as the biggest world performing arts markets or important international theatre/dance/music festivals. The aim of the project is long-term cooperation on joint presentations of the contemporary theatre, dance and music of the Visegrad countries. The project also seeks to identify cultural-historical overlaps or differences that exist in the contemporary Czech, Slovak, Polish and Hungarian performing arts, with theatre as the focal point. The goal of the project is to increase the visibility of the Visegrad group countries on the international scene. The project was supported under the grant programme of the International Visegrad Fund The project was implemented by following institutions: Arts and Theatre Institute, Prague; www.idu.cz, www.theatre.cz (coordinator) Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Warsaw, Poland; www.iam.pl Theatre Institute, Bratislava, Slovakia; www.theatre.sk Hungarian Theatre Museum and Institute, Budapest, Hungary; www.oszmi.hu For more information visit: https://www.idu.cz/en/about-us/projects-and-infoportals/659-pace-v4...

Virtual Study

Virtual Study represents the culmination of the Theatre Institute’s prior work in the area of digitising and establishing databases of its collections. Virtual Study is founded on two large databases—the Verbis database by the KP-SYS company (used by the Library and Bibliography Department) and the Divadlo database developed for the Information and Documents Department (theatre productions, video library, theatre events, key figures, stage plays). The related databases (photographs, scenography) provide direct access to digitised items. The electronic processing of our collections received significant support from several grant projects. The most significant achievement in this area was the complete inclusion of information on Czech theatre productions since 1945 and the digitisation of nearly 180,000 images from our documentary collection, performed in 2008-2011 as part of the project ‘Preserving and Presenting the Cultural Heritage of Czech and World Theatre’, which was made possible by a grant from Norway through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. Virtual Study provides comprehensive access to information and the digitised resources in our databases. These include a library catalogue with a research module and user account administration tool, an extensive bibliographic database of articles linked to the full texts of articles (accessible only via the Institute’s internal network), a video library, a database of Czech theatre productions since 1945, a database of theatre photographs containing 198,202 digitised images, and a database of scenographic items and documentation containing copies of 21,367 stage and costume designs. In the process of digitising our collections and making them publicly accessible, we made sure to observe the provisions of Act No. 121/2000 on copyright protection. For this reason, some digitised materials cannot be made available via the internet, but are available to registered researchers for study purposes at the offices of the Arts and Theatre Institute. This mainly concerns digitised items published after 1900, some designs in the scenographic collection, and photographs for which we were unable to obtain publishing permission from the copyright holders. These items are labelled accordingly on the internet. Anyone interested in studying these materials may do so in the study rooms of the ATI. Resources accessible via Virtual Study: Library Audio Library Video Library Bibliography Theatre Productions Scenography Theatre Photographs Theatre Events   Other electronic resources of the Theatre Institute EUTA – European Theatre Architecture – Online multilingual encyclopaedia of theatres Historical Theatre Bibliography 1851-1989 – digitised card catalogue Česká divadelní encyklopedie – German theatre in the Czech lands, biographic entries PQ Archive – Digitised archive of every edition of the Prague Quadrennial Czech Theatre Premieres Festivals in the Czech Republic Directory of Theatres and Theatre Institutions Project coordinator: Ondřej Svoboda, ondrej.svoboda(at)divadlo.cz, +420 224 809 164...

Research @ VTi

As the institute for the performing arts, VTi is willing to take up its role in the preparation for this round of subsidies. Through facts and figures, our research provides an objective description of the current practice and policy in the performing arts in Flanders, placing it in a historical perspective and an international context. With this factual description, it provides an initial impulse for a debate about the ways forward for this performing arts practice and policy. What are potential pathways for a more sustainable practice within the performing arts and the policy that governs this? The results of our research are published in these two field analyses: Metamorphoses. Performing arts in Flanders since 1993 (2007) Ins & outs. A field analysis of the performing arts in Flanders (2011)...

Outline of Flemish performing arts landscape

For an overview of the most important producing companies in Flanders, visit the ‘Producers‘ section on the VTi website. VTi also offers recent outlines of the Flemish performing arts landscape.   Children’s and youth performing arts The Flemish children’s and youth performing arts are a prized export. In the 2009-10 season Flemish youth productions were presented in other European countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Great Britain and Denmark, as well as further afield, in Canada, the United States, and even Australia and New Zealand. Both established names and new faces are doing well internationally. Download the attachment to read more.   Theatre The Flemish theatrical landscape is a rich and varied field with an unrivalled dynamism. The driving force behind this dynamism is rooted in the developments of the eighties, when theatre-makers like Jan Fabre, Jan Lauwers, Jan Decorte and many others set their sights on the very essence of theatre, namely the concept of theatrical representation. Add to this the absence of a clearly defined canon or tradition, and the structural influence of performance art on theatrical practice, and you get a fundamentally different vision of the role of the actor. Download the attachment to read more.   Dance  Contemporary dance from Flanders is a household name in the international dance world, and it has been exactly that for more than 20 years already. It is, however, becoming more and more difficult to make an accurate description of this so-called ‘Belgian style’. It used to be all about intense movements and odd, often black clothing, wearing sneakers and boots while dancing, and lots of chairs on stage. Today, choreographers such as De Keersmaeker, Vandekeybus, Platel or Fabre are still highly regarded and important. Download the attachment to read more....

Flanders Arts Institute

Flanders Arts Institute

Flanders Arts Institut Flanders Arts Institute supports and stimulates the development of the arts and policy. The organisation is active in three main areas. Analysis & research of the arts landscapeThe organisation collects, analyses and publishes data on the arts and policy by consulting with all parties concerned, an active involvement in the field of action, and research into the artistic ecosystem in Belgium and abroad. Support for artists and organisationsThe organisation supports the development of artists and art organisations through knowledge sharing and support on the basis of analysis and research results and with a helicopter vision of the entire artistic ecosystem. Flanders Arts Institute releases publications and presentations, organises information sessions and provides individual advice focused on topical themes and on the sustainable long-term development of the artistic practice. Internationalisation of the artsFlanders Arts Institute supports internationalisation in the arts. The organisation stimulates artists and organisations to engage in and maintain international relations by organising visitor and exchange programmes and the organisation of spotlights on Flanders abroad. Flanders Arts Institute Ravensteingalerij 38 1000 Brussels Belgium https://www.kunsten.be/ Contacts Tom Ruette, Head of Information & Data tom@kunsten.be...

Oral Histories – Documenting the Performing Arts

The main objective of the Centro de investigación y recursos de las artes escénicas de Andalucía (CIRAE) has been to increase knowledge and understanding and to promote the study of history in the Andalusian Performing Arts. In this sense, since the birth of the centre, the audio-visual department has been recording all main events: professional theatre and dance performances, workshops and courses by theatre and dance practitioners, seminars etc. in order to maintain the evolution of our collection for students, researchers and the general public – for both present and future generations. In this context we have since 2007 conducted and recorded 20 Oral Histories’ interviews, about 40 hours’ worth in total, with performing arts’ personalities responsible for, or related to, performances produced in the 60’s and 70’s. Actors, directors, authors, critics, technicians, dancers etc. have all been included. These interviews are full life histories with the emphasis given to the narrator’s own personal experience, and a unique point of view as a source of knowledge....

Digital Archive of Performing Arts in Andalusia

In this database we are collecting, cataloguing and preserving the documentation that is to be the graphic memory of theatre and dance in Andalusia. Programmes, posters, photographs (prints and negatives), press cuttings, costume and set designs… are systematically digitalized and catalogued in our electronic archive (AEI) that holds over 130.000 images from the beginning of the XXth century till today. In near future, it will be available online. State of the project: in progress, started in 1992...

Photography Plan of the “Centro de investigación y recursos de las artes escénicas de Andalucía” (CIRAE)

The aim of this plan is similar to the filming project: collecting illustrated feature productions of theatrical and dance performances, training courses, workshops, etc. After being selected, they are incorporated in the performing arts digital archive, where they are catalogued and put at the disposal of the researchers, teachers, and any other person interested. Currently holding 8,024 photographic reports. We are in the process of digitalizing our audiovisual funds. State of the project: in progress, started in 2004....

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