Press Release

ETC releases "Digital Theatre. A Casebook"

07 September 2018

After two years of applied research and experimental innovation, artists and field experts share their findings and reflections with the European creative community.

“Drama goes digital” vs “Theatre invades digital”: The European Theatre Lab (ETL) is today featured at Ars Electronica Festival 2018 (Linz/Austria), one of the largest international festivals for art, technology and society. The three ETL creative projects will be introduced at a symposium dedicated to digital theatre, the ideal occasion to launch Digital Theatre. A Casebook published by the European Theatre Convention.

Sharing Knowledge, Experience and Findings with the Wider Creative Sector

Digital Theatre. A Casebook offers guidance through hands-on examples taken from the daily work in researching, testing and implementing new technologies in theatre. Published by the European Theatre Convention, it presents findings and reflections for the creative community based on the two-year project European Theatre Lab: Drama goes digital, an artistic and international cross-sectoral collaboration between major European public theatres and scientific institutions.

“‘Digital Theatre. A Casebook’ is about sharing knowledge with the creative community; it is an invitation for artists, scientists, theatre professionals and cultural and societal decision makers to learn from our experiences.”

– Heidi Wiley, ETC Executive Director

Digital transformation changes the way we produce, distribute and circulate content – including theatrical works. Having worked on a variety of issues such as cross-border mobility, multilingualism, peer learning and new dissemination methods, ETC combines its experience regarding artistic work with institutional and structural requirements for the digital change.

Enclosed to the casebook, the white paper Drama goes digital vs Theatre invades digital presents suggestions and recommendations identified for publicly funded theatres, policymakers and funders at a local, national and European level to tackle challenges for theatres while addressing digital transformation.

Read the Casebook Online

Digital Theatre Network Meeting at Ars Electronica 2018

As delegation of the ETL, Heidi Wiley (European Theatre Convention), Jan Linders (Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe/Germany), Jonathan Thonon (Théâtre de Liège/Belgium) and Chris Ziegler (Germany) will present the results of the two years of applied research for the project with a look towards the future.

Together with other experts from the field of digital theatre, the ETL creative projects Stage Your City, Idiomatic/Dub It and Kinetics of Sound will be introduced and discussed with the audience with one ambition in mind: how to reach new audiences through digital, artistic and technical developments?

Network Meeting (in English) - free entrance
Friday, 7 September, 11:00
Ars Electronica Sky Loft

Ars Electronica 2018 will also host the Austrian premiere of Stage Your City, one of ETL's creative projects merging the trends of digitisation and participatory theatre. It plays with augmented reality, 360° video, gaming elements and an app-guided city walk.

Stage Your City (in German) - free entrance
Friday, 7 September,14:00 & 18:00
Ars Electronica Sky Loft

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