In early March 2020 the most severe crisis to affect the performing arts since the Second World War took hold. Most theatres were closed throughout 2020 and were subjected to intermittent closure and restrictions well into autumn 2021. In February 2022 Russia invaded Ukraine and set in motion not only a refugee crisis but massive disruptions to the world’s food and energy supplies, presenting new financial and organisational challenges for the performing arts.
The final conference of the "Configuration of Crisis" research project not only examines the institutional changes and trends that have manifested themselves in the performing arts in recent years but it inquiries into what these changes mean for the future, considering the above premises.
The papers tackle questions around the following broad areas:
- Theorizing futurity and theatre
- Crises of legitimation
- Reforming governance
- Precarity of theatrical labour
- Reformatting production and reception
- The future of training
The conference involves international scholars and experts from (theatre) practice as well as the audience in extended discussion rounds.
You can find more information on the website of the event.