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

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.  

Curation Ana Letunić, Maria Rößler


The biographies of the contributors can be found here, the «Notes and Reflections» by conference observer Marta Keil are published here.

All talks are translated into British Sign Language.

Thursday, 27.8.

 Virve Sutinen (Artistic Director Tanz im August), Matthias von Hartz (Artistic Director Zürcher Theater Spektakel)

Distance & Intimacy
Host Kyoko Iwaki (performing arts researcher, Tokyo)
Speakers Samara Hersch (theatre maker, Melbourne), Faye Driscoll (choreographer, New York)

Performance, Publics, and the Pandemic
Host Dagmar Walser (cultural journalist, Basel)
Speakers Rucera Seethal (Artistic Director National Arts Festival, Makhanda), Kee Hong Low (Hong Kong International Black Box Festival, Hong Kong) and Sepehr Sharifzadeh (Co-founder Re-connect Online Performance Festival, Artistic Director NH Theater Agency, Tehran)

Friday, 28.8.

Distance & Imagination
 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)

Cultural Policy and Funding in Times of Multiple Crises
 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)

Saturday, 29.8.

Distance and Assembly
 Judith Knight (performing arts producer, London)
Speakers Sibylle Peters (performing artist and researcher, Hamburg), Akira Takayama (theatre maker, Saitama)

Choreographies of a split country
 Nayse Lopez (journalist and director of the Panorama Festival, Rio of Janeiro)
Speakers Alice Ripoll (choreographer, Rio de Janeiro), Calixto Neto (choreographer, Paris)

Wrap-up session and reflection on the future
In the concluding session, performing arts curator Marta Keil who has observed the entire conference will review some of the main insights to facilitate thinking together of future trajectories within the context of discussed topics.
Observer Marta Keil (performing arts curator, Warsaw)