OVERCOME YOURSELF! Independent theatre between empowerment and self-optimisation

SUMMER ACADEMY FROM JUNE 20TH TILL 23RD
RINGLOKSCHUPPEN RUHR | GERMAN & ENGLISH

A COPRODUKTION OF THE IMPULSE THEATRE FESTIVAL & CHEERS FOR FEARS

Continuous reflection on and revision of one’s own artistic practice and its conditions is an important component of the work of practitioners in the independent theatre. While in the past criticism of “theatre” as an institution may have occupied the foreground, independent theatre itself has now become more institutionalised. As a consequence the question arises afresh, in which direction independent theatre and its structures should be adapted and improved — and for whom.

Current efforts in this context can partly be regarded as empowering the sector and those active within it but as well as a tendency of optimisation on an individual and institutional level: associations advocate more professional structures, raising the sector’s profile and raising funding. Artists make use of training and advance their own development through mentoring programmes and feedback sessions. Solidary networks work on removing hierarchies from the power structures within institutions and groups and removing mechanisms of exclusion.

The Academy invites interested parties to examine the narrow borderline between self-optimisation and empowerment in several days of workshops and a conference. How do strategically planned working processes change how artists understand themselves and their works? What are the effects of solidary forms of organisation? And what role might the independent theatre play in cultural politics and society in future? Is it a critical corrective and area for experimentation or is it more a model for the efficient cultural institutions of tomorrow?

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Programme

Registration

Costs

  • Workshops incl. conference: 60 € incl. academy, lunch, shuttle bus to Düsseldorf, tickets for five ‚Showcase‘ shows) / 80 € (incl. accomodation)
  • Conference only: 10 € (incl. lunch and shuttle to Düsseldorf)

Participants can buy tickets for the Showcase at a reduced rate of 5 € per ticket.

The academy „OVERCOME YOURSELF! Independent theatre between empowerment and self-optimisation“ is coproduced by Cheers for Fears, the Impulse Theatre Festival and the Ringlokschuppen Ruhr. Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science and the Arts Foundation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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