TT Kontext virtuell

UnBoxing Stages – Digital Practice in the Theatre

A cooperation of Theatertreffen, the Academy for Theatre and Digitality and Initiative Digitale Dramaturgie as part of Theatertreffen virtuell

Due to the current corona crisis, nearly all theatres are forced to keep their curtains temporarily closed. How does an art form that thrives on the momentum of liveness and relies on the physical presence of the performers and the audience respond to this situation? Many theatres are providing online alternatives, streaming and digital programmes. “Theatre on the Net” is a makeshift solution, but it also opens up huge potential, autonomous aesthetics and narrative styles and it is attractive to a new audience.

But what are the most resourceful ways of dealing with theatre on the internet? What risks or potentials are involved? How can we address the theatre on the net and digital technologies in a sustainable manner, beyond the current state of exception? Which aesthetics, which forms of interaction and modes of presentation are gaining ground these days? And what kind of basic technical know-how is required?

“UnBoxing Stages – Digital Practice in the Theatre” will investigate these and other questions and offer an exchange of ideas on theatre forms on and for the net.

Three panel discussions will launch a conversation between experienced net-theatre experts and theatre makers, between artists involved in the Theatertreffen’s selection of 10 productions and IT-experts, technicians, net activists as well as theatre and media scholars from various institutions and the independent scene.

During the Long Night of Tutorials, experts will give a series of hands-on lectures, sharing their practical knowledge of essential aspects of net-theatre.

Saturday, 2 May 2020

“Stop Streaming!” A Fundamental Debate about Opportunities and Risks of Theatre on the Internet

18:00: TT Context – UnBoxing Stages – Panel I
Available until further notice
ca. 90 min, in German

“Stop Streaming!”
A Fundamental Debate about Opportunities and Risks of Theatre on the Internet

Is theatre especially essential in times of this crisis or would it be wise to tolerate the emerging vacancy for the time being? What does the current hype around (live-)streaming theatre signify for the future? Will this debate motivate us to create impulses beyond this crisis or will we “finally return to real theatre” once it is over? Which kinds of artistic formats were around before the corona crisis and which have only emerged since its beginning? A conversation about what the theatre can learn from these present times.

With: Anne Lenk, Christian Römer, Christopher Rüping, Roman Senkl, Joana Tischkau
Introduction: Christian Rakow
Graphic Recording: Johanna Baumann

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Internet-Drama and Digital Storytelling – What Narrative Style does Online Theatre Have to Offer?

18:00: TT Context – UnBoxing Stages – Panel II
Available until further notice
ca. 90 min, in German and English

Internet-Drama and Digital Storytelling – What Narrative Style does Online Theatre Have to Offer?

The net allows a wide range of narrative forms: branching narratives, live jump’n’runs, digital writers’ rooms … – What are the specifics and particulars of online narratives? Which tools shape the narrative styles and what topics are especially suited to online exploration? Is there any material – classical, contemporary, post-modern – that lends itself specifically to this treatment? A conversation about (hi)storytelling in the 21st century, about interaction in digital theatre and the screen as fourth wall.

With: Eve Leigh, Anne Rabe, Arne Vogelgesang, Klaas Werner
Moderation & Introduction: Christiane Hütter
Graphic Recording: Johanna Baumann

Monday, 4 May 2020

Technology & Aesthetics on the Internet – From the Initial Digital Concept Meeting to the Online Opening Night Party

18:00: TT Context – UnBoxing Stages – Panel III
Available until further notice
ca. 90 min, in German

Technology & Aesthetics on the Internet – From the Initial Digital Concept Meeting to the Online Opening Night Party

What does creative work in the digital space look like? What aesthetic opportunities do online platforms have to offer? Is there anything that digital theatre can do and offline theatre can’t – and vice versa? How could digital guest performance options encourage the European theatre scene to draw even closer together and how could we integrate digital modes of performance into creative training curricula?

With: Alexander Giesche, Janne Nora Kummer, Björn Lengers, Matthias Lilienthal, Kay Voges
Moderation: Tobi Müller
Graphic Recording: Johanna Baumann

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Physical Practice and Digitality

18:00: TT Context – Artist Talk
Available until further notice
ca. 60 min, in English

Physical Practice and Digitality

In Florentina Holzinger’s work, the body is always at the centre of attention, not only discursively, but as a real and tangible presence on stage. What does this very specific physical practice, which uses elements from sources including acrobatics and martial arts, mean for performers from various generations? How do they deal with digitalisation? And what happens to a body as soon as it appears in the digital sphere?

With: Florentina Holzinger, Renée Copraij and Beatrice Cordua

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Long Night of Tutorials

From 18:00: TT Context – UnBoxing Stages – Hands-on Lectures with Q&A
Available until further notice
ca. 50 min each, in German

Long Night of Tutorials

Let’s roll up our sleeves and get started! In this series of around 60-minute long hands-on lectures including Q&A-sessions, experts will share their knowledge and give insights into essential aspects of net-theatre.
Selected questions from the audience will be considered – please let us know your questions via Twitter with the hashtag #TT_Tutorials.

Timetable of the Tutorials

18:00
How does Accessibility Work on the Internet?
With: Adina Hermann, Holger Dieterich, Andi Weiland (Sozialhelden e.V.)

19:00
Which Kind of Technical Set-up is Needed for Live Streaming Options?
With: Lucas Pleß and Philipp Kramer (Academy for Theatre and Digitality, Dortmund)

20:00
Who Holds which Rights in Streaming – Image Rights, Sound Rights and Rights to the Idea?
With: Sonja Laaser (lawyer and dramaturg)

21:00
A Dream within a Stream – How can we Reinvent 3D-Visualisation and Interaction in the Digital Space?
With: Nils Corte (Peppers Holosuite) and Max Schweder (Academy for Theatre and Digitality, Dortmund)

22:00
What does Community Mean Online and how could we Define a Communal Virtual Space?
With: Marcus Lobbes (Academy for Theatre and Digitality, Dortmund)

23:00
What are the Characteristics of Gaming, Playing and Theatre on the Internet and how could Online Theatre also be Interactive Theatre?
With: Clara Ehrenwerth (machina eX)

00:00
How does Participatory Theatre on the Internet Work and what are its Tools?
With: Caspar Weimann (onlinetheater.live)

Saturday, 9 May 2020

System Check – The Crisis isn’t all Corona

18:00: TT Context
Available until further notice
ca. 60 min, in German

System Check – The Crisis isn’t all Corona

Thomas Oberender and curator Ibou Coulibaly Diop consider the status quo of the current crisis and venture a look into the future: How can culture induce social transformation and how may a global crisis change the operating system running the cultural sector?

With: Thomas Oberender, Ibou Coulibaly Diop