Digital Conference

How to Be Together? Conversations on International Exchange and Collaboration in the Performing Arts

Jointly organised by the Zürcher Theater Spektakel and Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer

Livestream on our homepage
Active Participation in Webinar on Zoom after previous registration:
14:00 | Distance & Imagination
16:00 | Cultural Policy and Funding in Times of Multiple Crises

In answer to the challenging situation that is preventing people from meeting physically right around the world, we have planned a series of discussions about the future of interchange and international collaboration in the performing arts. This three-day programme aims to inspire a trans-continental dialogue between artists, art organisers and cultural politicians, and to link those who are active in different geographical, cultural, political and professional areas. We would like to give space in several forums to both old and new questions that are being intensified by the current global crisis, such as structural conditions and the dependency of artistic production on international mobility and co-production. This exchange of specialist knowledge, experience and coping strategies at a time of lockdown, physical distancing and an imperative of social rethinking is being organised and presented jointly with the Zürcher Theater Spektakel and Tanz im August.    

PROGRAMME | Friday 28.8.2020

14:00–15:30 | Distance & Imagination
Due to restricted international mobility, artists now have less possibilities than ever to meet ‘in real life’ with both their audiences and collaborators. Artistic exchange and collaboration across continents and geographical distances has temporarily come to a halt or entirely moved into the digital sphere. In this conversation between participants from two different artistic projects that were created in trans-continental collaborations during the past couple of months, we will hear about the experiences and implications of working creating across a distance while producing and working with imaginations of other realities, places and audiences elsewhere. Together with Isabelle Stoffel, the theatre collective Lagartijas tiradas al Sol have created the audio experience “Una muerte de la que nadie habla" for listeners at Zurich Lake. The radio art collective LIGNA has invited 13 choreographers and performance artists from different countries for the international radio ballet “Zerstreuung überall!" that is to be experienced in public space.

Host Ogutu Muraya (writer and theatre maker, Nairobi)
Speakers Lázaro Gabino Rodríguez (Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol, Mexico City), Isabelle Stoffel (theatre maker, Zürich), Torsten Michaelsen (LIGNA, Hamburg), Maryam Bagheri Nesami (dance artist and researcher, Auckland), Mamela Nyamza (choreographer, Cape Town)

16:00-17:30 | Cultural Policy and Funding in Times of Multiple Crises
Radically altered conditions for production and presentation of performing arts have immediately raised questions of new models of support for the sector that react to financial difficulties art workers are currently facing due to work cancellations. To make the situation even more challenging, some productions operate within structural conditions that are more dependent on international exchange than it will be realistically possible in the coming months. This conversation will address the pressing needs of art workers that lead to developing appropriate funding schemes, as well as other cultural policy instruments and concrete strategies for a more sustainable collaboration in these unprecedented conditions. The topic of international collaboration within this session will be approached also from the angle of a meaningful exchange about the current situations in different regions of the world, since a better understanding of it is essential as a basis for strengthening international solidarity and collaboration. 

Host Marie Le Sourd (Secretary General, On the Move, Brussels)
Speakers Arundhati Ghosh (Executive Director, India Foundation for the Arts Bengaluru), Heba Hage- Felder / Rima Mismar (Senior Programme Manager/ Executive Director, The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFAC, Beirut), Dea Vidović (Director, Kultura Nova Foundation, Zagreb)

  • Cast


    Ana Letunić, Maria Rößler

  • Credits

    A joint event of Zürcher Theater Spektakel and Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Supported by Supported by the Swiss cultural foundation Pro Helvetia in cooperation with the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Past dates

Fri 28.8.

from 14:00 to 17:30Online