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Our Stage

 

ETC promotes a socially-engaged notion of theatre to break down barriers between theatres and audiences, through participatory theatre.

 

 

Our Stage introduces the idea of Bürgerbühne (literally “citizens’ stage”) – which is run the same way as a professional in-house production company but involves nonprofessional actors – as a new form of creative community outreach via artistic collaboration and as a new artistic business model. Parallel to Germany, where numerous Bürgerbühnen and similar models have been founded in recent years, the development of participatory theatre in other parts of Europe has also made progress. Last season, nine ETC Member Theatres decided to explore the Bürgerbühne concept during a three-day workshop at Staatsschauspiel Dresden.

 

 

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18 – 25 May 2019, Our Stage - 4th European Bürgerbühne Festival

 

Our Stage – 4th European Festival of Bürgerbühne will not only host performances of the most noteworthy pieces of participative theatre currently on stage, but also provide structure to the debate on their artistic quality and societal relevance. The emergence of numerous Bürgerbühne (“citizen’s stages”) and similar models in Germany over the last few years has been reflected in developments in the field of participative theatre throughout Europe. It is with this in mind that Our Stage aims to consolidate the European contacts forged at the previous festivals of Bürgerbühne in Dresden (2014), Mannheim (2015) and Freiburg (2017), foster an intensive discussion of forms, content and experience and, in turn, establish a network that promotes the development of participative theatre as a whole.

 
The European Theatre Convention was therefore a natural choice as the festival’s main partner. The festival will also be flanked by cooperation with a number of European universities. The eleven festival productions selected by Miriam Tscholl, the head of the Bürgerbühne at Staatsschauspiel Dresden, with the support of a European artistic committee. Over 30 artists, theatre directors and academics from a broad range of disciplines and at least nine different European countries will use workshops, presentations and discussions to investigate the creative, social and political questions that accompany the issue of participation and theatre.

 

The festival programme will be available on 8 February 2019 for German-speakers and at the beginning of March for English-speakers.

More about the festival

 

Grants Available

ETC offers grants to cover the hotel accommodation during the entire stay at the festival "Our Stage - 4th European Bürgerbühne Festival" and ETC International Theatre Conference. Grants are available on a first-come-first-served basis and each theatre member is entitled to apply for one grant.

  

To apply, please send an email to Teresa Pfaud, Project Coordinator
tpfaud@etc-cte.org
+49 30 284 41 207

 


Key Project Dates:

 

7-10 February 2018

Conception Workshop, Dresden

18-25 May 2019

Our Stage - 4th European Bürgerbühne Festival in Dresden