16 April, 2021

Temporal Communities and Digitality - Theatre During the Pandemic

Invitation to the continuation of the online event series: >>Temporal Communities and Digitality<< - Theatre During the Pandemic (en)

It was the middle of March 2020 when Germany went into lockdown. Back then, there had already been a curfew in Wuhan, China, for several weeks. In many other countries in Europe and worldwide, public life was abruptly shut down. The consequences for the cultural sector have been dire everywhere. All over the world, theaters have had to shut down unexpectedly and even a year later most remain closed. Schedules have been cancelled. Professional existences are endangered. At the same time, public and cultural life has shifted to the digital sphere. Many theatres and artists are using this way to stay in touch with their audiences and are exploring digital spaces more than ever before. But what forms of community-building are even remotely possible for theatre and the performing arts? What is the character of the relation between local institutions and these transnational spaces, which might open up and expand while national borders remain closed? What does it mean for artistic practice if humans assemble as a virtual audience while being physically alone in their respective homes? In what ways will the pandemic change theatre? What will digital assemblies mean for theatres after the pandemic?

In the second part of the series of events entitled “Temporal Communities and Digitality – Theatre During the Pandemic”, theatre directors, theatre artists and scholars from Bosnia-Herzegovina, South Africa, Iran and Israel will report on the practical effects on theatre operations and their work. They will examine the various strategies with which stage and theater creators have reacted to this situation, online and offline. Together with researchers from the Cluster of Excellence “Temporal Communities – Doing Literature in a Global Perspective”, they will discuss how the global crisis of the theater has created new temporal communities and to what extent these are created under the conditions of digitality.

The event will be delivered via the Cisco Webex video service. To participate, with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss, please write an E-Mail to Judith König (j.koenig2@fu-berlin.de). Participation is free of charge. The events will also be broadcasted.


April 19, 2021, 6pm        
Bosnia-Herzegovina: Nihad Kreševljaković and Hana Bajrović (Festival MESS, Sarajevo), organized together with Dr. Senad Halilbašić (Fellow at the Cluster “Temporal Communities”)
Livestream: https://fu-berlin.eu.vbrickrev.com/#/webcasts/theatreduringthepandemic5

May 3, 2021, 6pm           
South Africa: Namatshego Khutsoane (Public Arts Festival, Cape Town), Zodwa Shongwe (Market Theatre, Johannesburg), Aubrey Sekhabi (South African State Theatre, Pretoria)
Livestream: https://fu-berlin.eu.vbrickrev.com/#/webcasts/theatreduringthepandemic6 

May 17, 2021, 4pm                         
Iran: Nima Dehghani (Artistic Director of the RE-Connect ONLINE PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL), Azadeh Ganjeh (Playwright, Director and Assistant Professor at the University of Teheran), Nargesv Hashempour (Actress, Director, Writer, Curator, Dramaturge and Theatre Scholar in Berlin/Teheran), organised together with Omid Mashhadi Abdolrahman (Doctoral Student at FSGS/Cluster “Temporal Communities”)
Livestream: https://fu-berlin.eu.vbrickrev.com/#/webcasts/theatreduringthepandemic7

May 31, 2021, 6pm                         
Israel: tba
Livestream: https://fu-berlin.eu.vbrickrev.com/#/webcasts/theatreduringthepandemic8 

June 21, 2021, 6pm                        
Closing Discussion: tba
Livestream: https://fu-berlin.eu.vbrickrev.com/#/webcasts/theatreduringthepandemic9 

More information: https://www.temporal-communities.de/


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