Finnish Dance in Focus

September 24th, 2021 by
Finnish Dance in Focus

Artists, phenomena, and ideas on the Finnish dance scene.
Magazine published once a year by Dance Info Finland, since 1999. In English, print & online.

Check out the latest issues here.

Digitising the Performance Library of Iceland (2021-)

August 21st, 2021 by

Starting in 2021: Digitalisation of Performance Recordings from Iceland

Although Icelandic theatre performances have been recorded using various techniques from the mid-20th century, as of 2021 very few of them have been digitised or made available, either to researchers or the public. In 2020 The National Theatre of Iceland donated its performance library to the National and University Library of Iceland, which the Theatre Museum is a part of. This collection not only includes entire productions, in audio and video formats, but also original music and soundscapes. The Theatre Museum of Iceland is in the process of digitising, cataloguing, and consolidating this collection. Included in this project is to make the process of sharing and archiving productions cross institutions more streamlined in the future. This work is essential to build an overview of the country’s theatre history and a priceless resource for our users.

Ice Hot Nordic Dance

August 21st, 2021 by

Ice Hot Nordic Dance – promoting the visibility of Nordic dance abroad!

ICE HOT Nordic Dance is a collaboration network that promotes the visibility of Nordic dance abroad, and aims to increase working opportunities and touring of Nordic dance artists. A longer term aim is to strengthen and develop the Nordic dance field and its structures in a more sustainable direction.

This is done by organising platform events that present Nordic dance and choreography for the international dance community. The platforms serve also to promote the development of Nordic dance and choreography, to facilitate networking opportunities and increase professional capacities of Nordic dance artists.

Ice Hot platforms attract a large number of professionals from all continents. The first Ice Hot Platform was arranged in Stockholm, Sweden in 2010, as a pilot project, and then in Helsinki, Finland in 2012, in Oslo, Norway in 2014, in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2016 and in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2018. The Ice Hot Helsinki 2022 starts a new cycle of platforms touring all Nordic countries.

Ice Hot Nordic Dance partner organizations come from all five Nordic countries: Dance Info Finland, Dansehallerne (Denmark), Dansens Hus Oslo (Norway), Dansens Hus Stockholm (Sweden) and Ice Hot Reykjavik (Iceland).

More information:

Digital Leap (2021-2023)

August 21st, 2021 by

Digital Leap – deepening the understanding of digital environments in the performing arts

Digital Leap is an international two-year project that offers dance and circus professionals learning opportunities for deepening their understanding of digital environments and their possibilities in the performing arts.

Digital Leap consists of four self-contained five-day training modules, the first one starting in spring 2022. The modules are held in Czech Republic, Lithuania, Catalunya and France. Participants are chosen through open calls for professionals in the partner countries.

The ideas and knowhow emerged in the training modules will be accessible for all and published in the form of digital lookbooks and videos. Seminars for the local performing arts professionals will be organised in each participating country in spring 2023.

Digital Leap is a collaboration between eight expert organisations from seven European countries: ARTCENA (FR), Arts and Theatre Institute (CZ), CircusInfo Finland (FI), Dance Info Finland (FI), Danscentrum Sverige (SE), Institut Ramon Llull IRL (ES), Lithuanian Dance Information Centre (LT) and Performing Arts Hub Norway (NO). Dance Info Finland coordinates the project.

Digital Leap has received funding of the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme.

More information:

Digital Leap website will open in late 2021.

A worldwide platform for circus arts research is online

October 5th, 2018 by
A worldwide platform for circus arts research is online

Circus Arts Research Platform (CARP) is a free resource website for academic research and studies related to the circus arts.

Published online at, the platform stimulates and strengthens collaboration between scholars and professionals interested in circus arts studies across all academic disciplines. It offers to the academic community an international directory of researchers and an international, accessible bibliography of academic publications related to circus arts studies. It also gives information on current academic research in circus arts to a wider public.

The platform collects and maps universities and research institutions with circus-related research programs or research chairs; institutions offering residencies to scholars, as well as relevant collections in circus art.

At the time of the launch in August 2018, the platform contains more than 120 profiles of researchers, references to 2000 academic publications in all languages and a world-wide map of more than 200 significant circus collections in archives, museums, libraries and resource centres. The references in the bibliography have been collected from the library collections of the Centre national des arts du Cirque (France), the École Nationale de Cirque (Canada) and from more than 100 academic databases all over the world. The international bibliography and its thematic bibliographies will be updated on regular bases.

In addition, CARP offers an overview of links to institutions, networks and other information resources in circus arts. The News & Events page gives information on the latest activities, conference calls and publications.

The Circus Arts Research Platform is an initiative of Centre national des arts du Cirque (FR), Center for Circus Arts Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer of the National Circus School in Montreal (CA), Circuscentrum (BE) and CircusInfo Finland (FI) in collaboration with researchers all over the world, for widening the reachability of knowledge regarding academic research in circus arts.

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Polish Theatre Journal

October 16th, 2017 by
Polish Theatre Journal

Polish Theatre Journal (PTJ) is an online Polish-English academic magazine examining contemporary Polish theatre and performance, published twice a year by the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute in Warsaw and The Department of The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw.

Latest issues:

  • Reclamations: The Avant-garde, Solidarity and the Collectives 02 (2018)
  • A new landscape with a rainbow. Change now! Conference Proceedings 1-2(7-8) 2019

For more information and the latest issues check out:

PUBLICATION – Music Theatre in Flanders

October 30th, 2015 by

The publication Perspective: Music Theatre aims to give an international audience an in-depth view of recent developments in the very diverse field of Flemish music theatre. The booklet starts with a landscape sketch by dramaturge Wannes Gyselinck that gives insight into the field’s organisation, historical developments, recent artistic trends and possible future developments. Following on this, you will find a series of interviews with a diverse array of artists, such as opera director Guy Joosten or composers Annelies Van Parys and Liesa Van der Aa. The publication also contains information on the most important producers, with a focus on a number of key projects with international potential. Flanders Arts Institute is thus responding to the growing demand from outside Belgium for good information on the work of Flemish performing artists and production houses for music theatre.

You can download the publication here.

Joris Blanckaert/Muzi a Zeny – Tips &Tricks © Philip Van Ootegem


250 years of public theatre in Poland

May 7th, 2015 by


2015 marks the 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF PUBLIC THEATRE IN POLAND. The celebration began on February 12, 2015 at the National Helena Modrzejewska Stary Teatr with a ceremony involving artists, creators, and representatives of public theaters and Prof. Małgorzata Omilanowska, Minister of Culture and National Heritage. The evening ended with the unveiling of a new curtain created for the main stage of Stary Teatr in recognition of 250 YEARS OF PUBLIC THEATRE IN POLAND and with the staging of Trilogy, directed by Jan Klata.
On December 1, 2014 the Polish Sejm announced that 2015 would be the Year of Polish Theatre. This decision was connected with the fact that 250 years ago this November the first performance was delivered by a playing company founded at the initiative of King Stanisław August Poniatowski. The group served as the seed of the oldest public, national theater in Poland, which would eventually come to be known as Teatr Narodowy (The National Theatre). The celebration consists not only of dozens of theater shows on a common theme that were produced throughout the country, but also of educational events, exhibitions, competitions, and activities in urban spaces.
The events are coordinated by the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute in Warsaw.



The main event in the celebration of the 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF PUBLIC THEATRE IN POLAND, an event involving every single public theatre, is the universal, nationwide campaign enabling everyone in Poland to buy a theatre ticket for the symbolic price of 250 groszy.
The goal of the project is to highlight the role that theatre plays in contemporary life as a place to reflect, discuss, and share opinions. Public theatre, financed by public funds.
MAY 23 – the DAY OF PUBLIC THEATRE – shows will be performed at the special ticket price in every theatre.



A special website providing information about events connected with the anniversary. It contains descriptions of projects being implemented all over Poland, a calendar of events, virtual exhibitions, walking tours, radio interviews, and other related materials. All throughout 2015, it will be supplemented and expanded daily.



Citywide actions whose main goal is to spread culture on a local scale. Theatre-themed walking tours are organized for residents (and conducted by local tour guides). The proposed routes present an opportunity for an unconventional way of viewing and learning about the theatrical – and hence cultural – history of the city.


In September 2014, the Theatre Institute announced the Theatre Photography Contest, which consists of two categories: a contest for a series of photographs documenting the rehearsal process and the resulting theatre production, and a contest for “Theatre Photo of the Season.” The second category leaves it up to the photographer to determine how to interpret the subject. Winning photos will be exhibited outdoors or indoors in Polish cities in the form of a travelling exhibition.



An online compendium of knowledge on Polish theatre. An expanded platform that integrates existing digital resources on Polish theatre, source databases, and new archives, and an electronic library and reading room for digital periodicals, enabling users to make use of information organized in a traditional manner and to create their own histories by accessing a multitude of narratives. Dr. Wojciech Dudzik and Prof. Dariusz Kosiński are responsible for the supervising the project as a whole.



The Theatre Institute and Teatr Narodowy are joining forces to organize an international conference on the role and importance of national theatres throughout the world. The conference will take place on November 20 and 21 during the upcoming edition of the Meeting of National Theaters.



In February 2015, two virtual exhibitions prepared by the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute “opened” at the Google Cultural Institute: “The History of National Theatre in Poland” (in cooperation with Teatr Narodowy) and “250 YEARS OF PUBLIC THEATRE IN POLAND.”

You can visit the exhibitions here:

Commedia dell’Arte and New Technologies

March 19th, 2015 by
Commedia dell’Arte and New Technologies

The first DVD realized in 2005 by SAT association and IALS with some of the recorded interviews by to prove that today Commedia dell’Arte is still living and there is a keen interest around his practices. The DVD is composed by three sections:

  • A brief presentation of one of the more actual use of Commedia dell’Arte: a multiuser virtual game, no more online, builded following the Commedia dell’Arte techniques to permit users to improvise on a virtual stage. If you want more information on it go to Commedia Game.
  • In the second section the Mask is presented, from the construction to the opinions of the actors that work with it.
  • In the third section the improvisation technique is analized tryng to understand his importance and if it is still used in the Commedia dell’Arte today performance.
  • The last section is dedicated at the actuality of Commedia dell’Arte, questioning if it is possible to adapt it to the modern situation, what should be done to protect, to promote and to valorize his tradition.

The DVD has english subtitles.

Co-operative Internships

March 18th, 2015 by

Some Enicpa activities occupy more time than members can spend: the internal communication, presentations of the network and the preparation of the round table meetings. In these cases an intern – hosted by a member institution – can be of help. Maybe the member institution hosts an intern anyway and him or her can be involved in Enicpa network task easily. It would ease the work to prepare a meeting or presentation and could bring some fresh ideas for the internal and external communication of the network. To encourage members – especially those who organize or co-organize the round table meeting – to make use of this support, Enicpa provides a co-financing.

The board decides on application. We can cover 6 months (200 € co-financing) for 2015. (The idea was taken from on-the-move who worked like this with the office and member institutions.)