Research on gender distribution in the Flemish performing arts sector

Four years ago Kaaitheater and the VTi, the institute for the performing arts, carried out a small-scale study: is the performing arts sector as feminine as it is generally assumed? Well, the results were disappointing! To give just one figure: of the 32 directors of civic theatres and arts centres only seven were women. Four of them worked in youth theatres. Together with the VTi and the Performing Arts Social Fund we have now carried out more thorough gender research, ranging from the 1992-93 season to the 2012-13 season. In addition, we have examined performing arts education. The complete research report can be found here...

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)...