RESEARCH – KEYNOTE TALK AT BERLIN PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL 2017

Symposium: Solidarity and Selection – International Circulation in the Performing Arts

A symposium offered by the Berlin Performing Arts Festival

“Today, artists are either international or they’re nothing.” This statement by the Dutch art sociologist Pascal Gielen invites reflection. Is international success really so important for Berlin artists? And, if so, who makes the decisions regarding access to the international market and what interests do they represent? What role do politicians, curators or national institutes play in this and where do the artists themselves come into this equation?

The symposium Solidarity and Selection: International Circulation in the Performing Arts brings together the international visiting industry professionals to the Performing Arts Festival with Berlin artists and invites them to initiate a dialogue. Using brief presentations, panel discussions and table conversations, we will search for solidary approaches for the international networking between artists, production structures, national institutes and policy makers.

Schedule of Events

9:30 am – Arrival
Rregistration, coffee & conversation

10:00 am tro 11:15 am – Presentation of the Organizer and the Schedule of Events
– Thomas Fabian Eder (International Cooperations & Berlin Diagonale Show Camp Coordination, Berlin Performing Arts Festival)

Short lecture: Welcome – Berlin’s Independent Performing Arts Community
– Dr. Stefanie Wenner, curator and dramaturg, PhD in philosophy

Access Points to Berlin’s Independent Performing Arts Community
– Johanna Bauer and Felix Koch, Coordinators of Distribution and Marketing for the Berlin Performing Arts Program

From definitions to malleable approaches in arts policy today
– Ash Bulayev (independent researcher, curator and creative producer)

11:15 am
Coffee break

11:30 am to 1:00 pm – Panel discussion
Solidarity and Selection: International Circulation in the Performing Arts
– Susanne Traub (director theater and dance, Goethe Institute)
– Ash Bulayev (independent researcher, curator and creative producer)
– Sarah Israel (artistic director, Rodeo Festival)
– n.n.
Moderation: Dorte Lena Eilers (Theater der Zeit)

1:00 pm
Lunch break

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Table conversations:

Table 1:
International success – how important is it really?
– Table host: TBA

Table 2:
Political vs. Artistic goals in international collaboration – a conflict of interests?
– Table host: Susanne Traub

Table 3:
International artist networks – democratic production methods or just a new form of curation?
– Table host: Sarah Israel

Table 4:
Fear of losing the forest for the trees – how does one organize open access to the international market?
– Table host: Ash Bulayev

2:30 pm to 3 pm – Summary of the discussion by the moderator, thanks & closing words

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