Topics XYZ 2011

Internationality needs cultural policy

International Coproduction in theatre for young audiences

by Wolfgang Schneider

We should not only emphasize the value of the cultural product promoted by cooperation, but equally the importance of the process of cultural creation. That's why Wolfgang Schneider asks about qualified strategies to develop the international cultural exchange from the export of culture towards the dialog of cultures and proposes aspects for further reflection. Schneider

From local to global exchange

The international work of Children's and Young People's Theatre Centre in Germany

by Henning Fangauf and Jürgen Kirschner

The authors reflect about the work of the Children's and Young Peoples' Theatre Centre of Germany in the field of international exchange. They refer to the internationality of the repertoire of German theatre for young audiences and present the concepts of the international exchange, which is based on the principles of the foreign cultural and educational policy of the Federal Republic of Germany. The authors describe the international work of the centre clearly by means of examples about the theatre for early years, the potential of the theatre in learning languages and the international dimension of the collection of the centre. Fangauf and Kirschner

International theatre partnerships

The Wanderlust Fund in the Federal Cultural Foundation

by Anne Maase 

The German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes) is promoting a number of innovative programmes and projects in an international context. In 2008 we set up the Wanderlust Fund with the aim of stimulating a long-term international network in German municipal theatres. Many theatre artists had bemoaned the fact that, for financial, staff and infrastructural reasons, they were able to do little more than operate with international partners on a short-term festival basis. The author describes an innovativ supporting instrument which would give them the financial and organisational opportunity to create a long-term, deeper exchange. Maase

Play Europe

The European Theatre Convention (ETC) and their 'Young Europe' project

by Kay Wuschek 

The European Theatre Convention (ETC) was set up in 1989. It is a European network to promote public theatre as a part of our cultural heritage, to support contemporary drama, artistic exchanges in Europe and the mobility of artists. Kay Wuschek describes the aims and focuses of the network and reports about the realisation of the artistic project 'Young Europe' between 2008 and 2010 with 11 theatres from countries of the European Union. Wuschek

Ideas behind European cultural support

Experiences with European Networks in Theatre for Young Audiences

by Dirk Neldner 

13 theatres from 12 countries have joined forces for the current project, Platform 11 plus – Artistic Discoveries in European Schoolyards (P11+), to initiate a cultural offensive for young people between the ages of 11 and 15 throughout Europe. At the end of the four year project, more than 50 new plays will have been written and performed, of which more than a dozen will have been created in cooperative projects involving different cultures and languages. The author describes the functioning of the network, which can be an example for the effectiveness of European cultural support. Neldner

Two-Way traffic

Possibilities and strategies of the Goethe Institute

by Thomas Stumpp

One of the duties of the Goethe Institute is to promote international coproductions in theatre. A lot of things have also been happening in the area of theatre for children and young people in the past few years. Coproductions are generally influenced by other factors, and usually have a lengthy prehistory and long-term effects. By means of examples from the last years the author describes the task of the Goethe-Instituts in the international exchange in the theatre for young audiences. Stumpp

Heads or tails

A German-Cypriot encounter

by Anne Paffenholz

In the framework of the European Theatre Convention (ETC) project 'Young Europe' the THEATER AN DER PARKAUE Berlin cooperated with the Cypriot state theatre THOC in Nicosia. The idea was to create a theatre text for a young audience which could be produced in both countries in each of their languages. The author reports about the work in this project in both countries and about the artistical and the intercultural experiences of all participants. Paffenholz

Finding the thread, time and time again

'Simurgh's Last Feather' - An Iranian-German cooperation

by Stephan Weiland

As the result of a suggestion by the Iranian Dramatic Art Centre which found the support of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Goethe Institute and the city of Freiburg the first time ever a coproduction to feature a cast with an equal number of Iranian and German actors came into being. The project had been preceded by several years of intensive contact of the 'Theater im Marienbad' in Freiburg with the Iranian theatre scene, including guest shows, a symposium, festival productions, a lecture series and discussions with authors. The author describes his experiences in his work on the theatre production after the thousand years old Persian national epos 'Shahnameh' ('Book of Kings'). Weiland

A house containing a tree

On the cooperation between the Oldenburg State Theatre and Kopergietery Arts Centre in Ghent (Belgium)

by Matthias Grön

It‘s not naturally yet, that a German municipal theatre searches the contact to independent theatres and international ensembles an releases members of the staff to experience unusual methods of artistic work. With support of the Wanderlust fund of the Federal Cultural Foundation the artistic exchange of German theatres and theatres from abroad was enabled about a three years period. The Young State Theatre in Oldenburg discovered a production partner in neighboring Belgium: the Kinderkunsthaus Kopergietery in Ghent, which is known throughout Europe. The author reports about the experiences of the joint ensemble of German and Belgian artists, basing their work on the universal language of images, music and dance. Grön

Broadening the perspective

International coproduction in Austria

by Kai Krösche 

It is indisputable that the Austrian theatre scene benefits enormously from international influences and coproductions with Austria. Therefore the initial point of the report of our Austrian guest author is the question, what an international coproduction is. With quotes from renowned artists and festival directors from Austria he describes an artistic practise, which estimates the value of international coproduction more and more. Krösche