The complexity and rapidity of economic transformation and social challenges changes all of us on this planet. As a seismograph and vivid laboratory, the performing arts can play their part in creating visions and utopian perspectives for a future worth living in planetarian commons together. Burning issues of sustainability, climate change, decolonisation, equality, and the influence of new technologies can no longer be disregarded when putting on a festival or transnational collaboration.
With the ITI Academy, the International Theatre Institute Germany is facing these issues and will launch in 2022 this new exchange and training programme for the next generation of cultural and theatre professionals. A lively platform is thereby formed already now – with the Kick Off of the ITI Academy – for encounter, qualification and discourse in order to re-consider, re-imagine and re-think the role of international festivals and collaborations, their social and political function, their audiences and communities and curatorial practices.
On December 3 and 4, 2021, the Kick Off weekend of the ITI Academy will take place at Kunstquartier Bethanien in Berlin in a hybrid form. Over the course of two days, participants will be able to engage with topics ranging from strategies of curating, perspectives on their decolonialization, practices of archiving theater festivals and practical implementations of administrative and organizational challenges in festival planning. Additionally, participants will also have the opportunity to gain insights into the planning of Theater der Welt 2023 in an exchange with the curators Chiaki Soma and Kyoko Iwaki.
It is possible to attend the event online or on-site. Participants are requested to register until Thursday 2-12-2021, whereby it is also possible to register for individual programme points.