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. The 2018/2019 season presents the Our Stage Festival, aiming at promoting a pan-European view of participatory theatre projects, strengthen these developments through an intensive exchange of form, content and experiences and create a European network.
Photo: Participatory theatre performance Die Stunde, Staatsschauspiel Dresden/Germany. ©Sebastian Hoppe
18 – 25 May 2019, Dresden/Germany
ETC International Theatre Conference
23 – 26 May 2019, Dresden/Germany
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