Karlsruhe, 6 - 9/04/2017
Digital innovation in theatre
ETC international theatre conference, general assembly and extraordinary general assembly
at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and ZKM - Center for Art and Media
© Felix Grünschloss
The international conference Digital innovation in theatre investigates a broad spectrum of current issues related to the digitisation of theatre. Initiated by the European Theatre Convention, the conference features leading digital experts from a variety of cultural sectors. In panel talks, speeches, presentations and workshops, distinguished guests will discuss creative possibilities and share their expertise with theatre makers.
The conference also kicks off the ground-breaking EU-wide project titled “European Theatre Lab: Drama goes digital”. As Europe’s first think tank devoted to researching the theatre of the future, the Lab will explore in a series of public events, conferences and festivals how the digital revolution affects aesthetics, audience participation and communication and dissemination in theatre.
A central premise of the European Theatre Lab is that true digital innovation in theatre goes beyond mere buzzwords to instead harness the enormous creative potential theatre offers, especially in their ability to move and reach audiences. With this perspective in mind, the project investigates how theatres can incorporate new technology in their creative works, in their ways of addressing audiences and by using working methods that overcome borders and celebrate diversity. Based on project results, an overarching goal is to develop a digital strategy for theatre in Europe.