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International Cooperations: Three Webinars for Theater Professionals
Part 3: Cooperations in Crisis

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 25.06. at besucherservice@volksbuehne-berlin.de. Please indicate your Zoom username and the title of the discussion "Cooperations in Crisis".

 

Part 3: Cooperations in Crisis

With Gianina Cărbunariu (Playwright, Director, Manager of Teatrul Tineretului; Piatra Neamț/Bucharest), Lisa Jopt (Actress, co-founder of the German association ensemble-netzwerk), Roman Pawłowski (Curator, Publicist, Director of Programming at TR Warszawa; Warsaw), Hedi-Lis Toome (Cultural Researcher at the University of Tartu, Estonia)

Moderation: Andrea Tompa (Theatre Critic, Budapest)

In any crisis situation, funding for cultural projects is always the first thing to be cut. The current coronavirus crisis is no exception. International cooperations are failing due to a lack of financial resources and because of travel restrictions or political relations between countries. Is the only option to wait and see what happens next, or should they be continued precisely for these reasons? What obligations and responsibilities do theater makers and institutions have in times of lacking solidarity and national isolation?

 

Lisa Jopt is an actor and founding member of ensemble-netzwerk along with Johanna Lücke. Founded in 2015, ensemble-netzwerk has been a non-profit association since 2016 with over 800 members and an office in Berlin. The association's mission is to improve working conditions in state, city, and national theaters. Lisa Jopt has been the president since its foundation. In 2018 Lisa Jopt and Nicola Bramkamp launched Burning Issues, a conference on performing arts and equality.

Andrea Tompa is a Hungarian writer, theatre critic and academic. Her main field of interest is contemporary Hungarian and East European theater and drama. She collaborates with theater magazine SZINHAZ. She teaches at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, and is the author of four novels.