In society as a whole, questions of power, speaking position and representation are increasingly being heard in the ever louder debates about racism, diversity and empowerment. Also in the German-speaking theatre landscape. Yet it remains dominated by white, male perspectives and bodies. Other phenomenal bodies are, quite literally, assigned other roles within the web of evolved institutions, production conditions and discourses around performability, representation and identity. The non-white body continues to be staged or read as precisely that. Against this backdrop, the question arises as to which positions (educational) institutions and individual actors can take and how they can generate options for action from there that allow for new, emancipatory practices regarding representation and identity. The symposium will pay special attention to the connections between theatre makers, theatre forms and theatre education.
Aiming at this constellation, the symposium How to Act will gather positions and analyses in order to develop concrete impulses and strategies for performing arts spaces as well as theatre training institutions and local networks (e.g. Gessnerallee Zurich, ZHdK, Freie Szene) that have the potential to detect and deconstruct racist structures and their effects in the theatre landscape.
In order to ensure that the symposium also succeeds in being an action-oriented platform for non-white actors, guests and participants in particular, in which their debates, initiatives and questions can be dealt with, the symposium will not only consist of frontal podiums, but will be conducted to a large extent as an open space event. Open Space is an event format in which there is no predefined programme and no predefined individual topics. All concerns, ideas and questions that are particularly close to the hearts of the participants can be introduced by those present at the beginning and then worked on together in a self-organised and self-responsible manner. This entire part of the agenda thus emerges in real time directly from the needs of the participants. We see the Open Space as a platform for exchange and the beginning of a binding plan of action. Facilitator Open Space: Yaari Pannwitz
PANELS & INPUTS
The Open Space will be preceded by four different panels and two inputs. Academics, artists and activists are invited to share their perspectives and practices. What to do? How to play? What and how to see? How to educate? How to stage, how to occupy?
INPUT 1 - Lecture by Natasha A. Kelly
PANEL 1 - The School and Theatre of the Future
asks how theatre and drama education that is critical of power, emancipatory and critical of representation can become possible, as well as the role of art schools / drama education when it comes to changing practices, discourses and understandings of art. Guests: David Attenberger, Elisabeth Reichenbrugger, Sithembile Menck, Sophie Vögele; Moderation: Patrick Gusset
PANEL 2 - What bodies do we stage?
asks about the effects of differently described and readable (non-white) bodies in the German-language theatre landscape and the dynamics that take place between the staged and the staging. Guests: Joana Tischkau, Anta Helena Recke, Gerhild Steinbuch; moderator Caroline Froelich
INPUT 2 - Lecture by Christopher Balme
PANEL 3: The school and the market
The panel discusses which competences and professional understandings are currently and in the future in demand from actors at municipal theatres and how and according to which policies theatre directors put together their ensembles. Guests: Julia Wissert, Steffen Jäger, Marijke Hoogenboom; Chair: Peter Ender
PANEL 4 - Who are we actually doing this for?
asks above all about the imagined society for which artists produce and about the possibilities of democratising perspectives and narratives in artistic and curatorial positions. Guests: Alexandra Portmann, Golschan Ahmad Hashemi, Michael Klammer; Moderation: Michelle Akanji
The number of places is limited. Registration from 17 May.