"Theatre - Education - Art" Conference
26th February – 1st March 2009
The Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava will hold a conference on the relationship between theatre and education; how to work with and attract young audiences of today. During the conference both the pedagogical and communication challenges of different outreach programmes will be discussed in seminars, workshops and discussion groups. Theatre pedagogues and dramaturgs specialised in young audiences are invited from ETC theatre members. They will all give examples of activities and case studies that have been realised in the education departments of their theatres.
The aim of the platform is to enable encounters between European theatre experts and the young audiences and moreover to explore the relationship between theatre and education on a European level. The ambition of the conference is to bring together ETC members that have an important experience in the theatre education and to share their knowledge and best practises with the theatres that have an urgent need to develop education department. Radana Hromnikova, Slovak National Theatre: “The main idea of the conference at the Slovak National Theatre is to examine the relationship between theatre and education, which is a neglected area in the Slovak theatre. The new building of the Slovak national theatre ought to be a starting point for a new approach to theatre education, and for a growing relationship between the theatre and young audiences. Our ambition is to bring experts in the field from different European theatres to Bratislava, and let them show how they have developed their special programs for drama education.”
Three global topics are focused on the agenda:
- Creative Learning
- Theatre and School
- Theatre education as Art
During three days, lectures and workshops are organized to ensure a theoretical approach as well as practical demonstration. Invited lecturers include Steven Clark (IDEA, France), Jonothon Neelands (Institute of Education, University of Warwick, Great Britain), Sibylles Peters (founder of Fundus Theater, Germany) and ETC members actively involved to animate workshops: Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava Nottingham PlayHouse, Great Britain Theater an der Parkaue, Berlin Helsinki City Theatre, Finland Comédie de Saint-Etienne, France.
The SNT has declared this week as “The week of young audiences” while staging performances focusing on young theatre and inviting European theatre professionals and students to take part in the first conference “Theatre – Education - Art”.