JUDITH BLANKENBERG & MARK YEOMAN

WEEK 1 TALK 1, 04-11-2020 AMSTERDAM

INSTITUTES: GRAND THEATRE GRONINGEN & NOORDERZON FESTIVAL (The Netherlands)

MODERATORS: ASA HORVITZ & ANDREJ NOSOV

REPORTER: CAROLINA BIANCHI

Positions of institutions in COVID times, Positioning in reality Perspectives in a sense of present, past

Perspective of two institutions

Mark “ Traumatized by Shakespeare” So welcome, in this traumatized moment

( Andrej)

How they are dealing with this moment fo cancelations, and pandemic situation?

What do we want to keep for the past years, What do we want to change?

(Judith)

What is the optic of COVID? Disrupter Disrupting our energie, our feelings

Under pression

How to see beyond COVID?

What other optics to look trough

(Mark)

What can be told, about the festival ? (Mark, Groningen)

The festival become more ambitious Try to repensar o festival nos últimos 10 anos Become less middle class, less white, less dutch speaking Open Festival 2 ideas :

Social coming together

International work

Desafiador

Less ambition (and fun)

How can we imagine the festival, if we can go

Not be stuck on what they are doing, rethink Festivals are good forms for reflect changes of society

“shared mirror”

Programming, what choses are make

Relations between performing arts, and society

The bubble

who is not in a bubble?

Judith’s:

( national scene theater, performing arts and dance) suport residences

Try to connect with the neighbours

About the future

The trajectory with local artists and the impact that this can produce, for start end making possibilities to look at the future.

Experimentation, pragmatic terms

What is a narrative of a festival?

If this narrative is not the narrative of the artists?

WHO IS THIS FOR? (A FESTIVAL)

The impact of several international students coming to the city impact in the city

There is no space infinite

What is programmed - and why?

How does that work?

How do institutions program?

Programming in a ”selfish way”

How to let other people reveal to us, people that we don’t know.

How we imagine people and places?

The institutions are moving with the times?

Are the festivals in the last years, a way to see whats going on? Or just a replication of success, etc.

What should be seen?

What is the public esphera, in the arts context? How this esphera works in the Netherlands?

What can theater do?

How we change our work in another context?

What is useful?

Can we see COVID as a useful moment?