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International Cooperations: Three Webinars for Theater Professionals
Part 2: It’s Not All About the Money

Discourse | In English

The rationale behind the POSTWEST theater festival has always been to establish lasting transcultural collaboration. In light of the current situation, international partnerships are more important than ever, but how are they actually formed and how can they continue to be developed in spite of the coronavirus crisis?

In three different discussions the POSTWEST partners will explore the issues surrounding international theater collaborations, together with experts in theory and praxis. These discussions consist of two parts: First, there is a live panel discussion in which the invited guests give their input on the topic. In the second part, theater makers and enthusiasts can exchange ideas with the festival partners and panel participants via Zoom by registering in advance.

If you would like to attend the discussion please register until 24.06. at besucherservice@volksbuehne-berlin.de. Please indicate your Zoom username and the title of the discussion "It's Not All About the Money".

 

Part 2: Its Not All About the Money

With Marta Keil (Curator, Dramaturg, Researcher; Warsaw), Petya Koleva (International Culture and Creativity Expert, Founder Intercultura Consult; Sofia), Jeton Neziraj (Playwright, Head of Qendra Multimedia; Pristina), Laura Stasane (Producer, Program Curator; Riga)

Moderation: Iulia Popovici (Theatre Critic, Curator; Bucharest)

The involvement of international production partners is often reduced to a purely financial aspect. How can we collaborate beyond that? What strategies can we use to improve the ways in which we interact with each other and organize collaborations? What challenges arise as the result of language barriers and different working methods?

 

Marta Keil is a performing arts curator, researcher and writer, based in Warsaw, Poland. Since 2019 she has been part of the collective Performing Arts Institute in Warsaw. She works in curatorial tandem Reskeil with Grzegorz Reske. Her curatorial practice and research is focused on the process of instituting as a political gesture - she is interested in the institutional critique, choreography as a way of thinking and feminist institutions. She edited numerous books.

Petya Koleva is is an expert engaged with arts and innovation via international cooperation initiatives. In 2020 she is a CCI expert for the NDPC project "Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) Cooperation and Innovation in the Northern Dimension Countries".  Previously, she has led projects researching audiences, improving the mobility of arts and culture professionals in Europe and has acted as a key expert of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme.  She is the founder of "Intercultura Consult" based in Sofia.

Iulia Popovici (Bucharest) is a performing arts critic. She writes about the alternative performing arts scenes in Romania and Eastern Europe, with a focus on documentary and social theatre. In 2011-2018, she was co-curator of the Independent Performing Arts Platform in Cluj, has curated performing arts programmes in Romania and abroad, and edited books on performing arts in Eastern Europe.

Jeton Neziraj is a playwright and the director of Qendra Multimedia. He has written over twenty-five plays that have been staged, translated, and published widely in Europe and the USA. The German theatre magazine Theater der Zeit and the German radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur described him as “Kafka of the Balkans,” while the Los Angeles Times called him “a world-class playwright who challenges our complacency at every twist and turn.”

Laura Stasane has worked as a producer and curator at New Theatre Institute of Latvia and International theatre festival Homo Novus in Riga since 2015. She has been involved in European networks and devised several international projects at home, both large scale and intimate encounters, working sometimes only with artists, sometimes with artists and local communities and exploring public space.