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Speakers

From Mythology to Technology

ETC international theatre conference and general assembly

 

   

Ekaterina Mazmishvili    Lasha Bugadze     Paulien Geerlings    Alexander Kerlin

   

  Chris Bruckmayr    Luke O'Shaughnessy   Marie Le Sourd       Miriam Tscholl


EKATERINA MAZMISHVILI

Thursday, 26 October 217
• 18h30 - Official opening at Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre

Friday, 27 October 2017
• 10h - Conference opening

Ekaterina Mazmishvili studied History and Theory of Art at Ivane Javakhishvili State University in Tbilisi and at Central European University in Prague. For the past three years she has been teaching Art Management at Georgian University and at Tbilisi State University. Ekaterina Mazmishvili is the General Manager of Marjanishvili Theatre, and she works on several International projects and co-productions. Since 2009, she is also the Artistic Director of the Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre, which has become the major international theatre event in the Caucasus and the Black Sea region by hosting interesting, challenging and innovative works of art from all over the world.



LASHA BUGADZE

Thursday, 26 October 217
• 20h - The Navigator (play by Lasha Bugadze)

Friday, 27 October 2017
• 10h15 - Keynote speech: From Mythology to Technology - an Introduction to Georgian Contemporary Theatre Making
• 20h - The Navigator (play by Lasha Bugadze)

Lasha Bugadze is the author of bestselling novels and plays that have been staged on many European stages. His works have been translated into English, French and German. He focuses his critical and ironic attention on intergenerational relationships, and describes situations in which people fall victim to their prejudices, rigid ideas or stereotypes. Apart from playwriting, he participates in different projects concerning gender issues, and he is involved in several international competitions. As of 2018, he has also been involved with the movement against the Russian occupation of Georgia. He won the Russia and Caucasus region category of the BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition in 2007 and one of the top prizes in 2011 for his play “The Navigator”. Lasha Bugadze is also a writer and presenter of literary broadcasts on radio and TV, and he is running several editorial columns of well-known magazines.



PAULIEN GEERLINGS

Friday, 27 October 2017
11h - Panel talk: Theatre and Technology - European perspectives (moderation)
• 12h - Kicking-off - ENGAGE: ETC’s 4 years programme 2017-2020 - Critical thinking through theatre: artistic collaboration project “Young Europe III”  

Saturday, 28 October 2017
• 10h - "Young Europe III" kick-off workshop 

Paulien Geerlings is a dramaturge, translator and yogi. After her high school education, she studied Philosophy and Theatre studies at the University of Amsterdam. Since her graduation in 1997 she has been working as a freelance dramaturge with several young theatre directors, including Ola Mafaalani, the South-African Bratt Bailey and Marcus Azzini. In 2004 she graduated at DasArts, an international, multidisciplinary Master of Theatre, based in Amsterdam and founded by Ritsaert ten Cate. Paulien Geerlings is the in house dramaturge of De Toneelmakerij where she also translated several plays. She is taking care of the international collaboration projects of the company. She is board member of the European Theatre Convention and of Assitej NL.



ALEXANDER KERLIN

Friday, 27 October 2017
• 
11h - Panel talk: Theatre and Technology - European perspectives

Saturday, 28 October 2017
• 10h - "Theatre in Digital Age" 

Alexander Kerlin (*1980) is a dramaturg and playwright and has been in residence at Theater Dortmund since 2010. There he received particular attention for his crossmedia- and mashup-works with Kay Voges: e.g. "Das Goldene Zeitalter" (2013) and "Die Borderline Prozession" (2016, invited to the 54th Theatertreffen in Berlin). He is currently working on a play called "Das Internat", together with director Ersan Mondtag.



CHRIS BRUCKMAYR

Friday, 27 October 2017
• 
11h - Panel talk: Theatre and Technology - European perspectives

Chris Bruckmayr is a sound artist who produces under the name “raum.null” dark techno music with the Vinyl-Only Label Belgrade Dubs in Belgrade. He performed with “Fuckhead” and “raum.null” at Ars Electronica Festival from 2014 to 2016, as well as at the Heart of Noise Festival in 2016. He is a creative producer for Ars Electronica SPAXELS.



LUKE O'SHAUGHNESSY

Friday, 27 October 2017
• 14h - Audience development - Introducing the Opera Europea streaming platform

Born and raised in London, Luke O’Shaughnessy started his career working as an administrator of several contemporary music festivals including Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the North of England, the Almeida Opera Festival in London and Ars Musica in Brussels. Between 2002 and 2008, Luke worked as Manager of RESEO (European Network for Opera and Dance Education); during this period the network grew considerably and secured a number of grants from the European Commission (EC). Based in France since 2009, Luke worked for four years as Secretary General of the Opéra de Dijon. In parallel to his current work as a freelance consultant on international cooperation projects, Luke is the Project Manager of Opera Vision, an Opera Europa project funded by the EC’s Creative Europe programme which brings free live streams from 28 partners opera houses in 17 countries to audiences on the web.

Opera Europa is the international service organisation for professional opera companies and opera festivals in Europe. It has 176 members from 42 countries.  Opera Europa is the lead organiser of Opera Vision, a new project for opera in Europe in the digital environment. Opera Vision offers a free-view, online, curated season of European opera in partnership with 30 opera houses from 19 countries. Opera Vision has a specific new emphasis on attracting and cultivating young, emerging audiences, celebrating Europe’s cultural heritage and developing opera for the future. In the period 2018-2020, Opera Vision will offer the content that is varied (full-length and short-form), inclusive (musical theatre in many forms) and regular (an average of two live streams per month). The platform focuses on reaching younger audiences, celebrating European cultural heritage, reinventing opera for today and making an opera streaming platform self-sustainable long term. Harnessing ever-evolving technology, Opera Vision aims to reach deeper into the lives of our citizens and promote European cultural values to the world. 



MARIE LE SOURD

Friday, 27 October 2017
• 15h30 - ETC General Assembly: Impact of ETC membership - an introduction to ETC's ENGAGE evaluation programme

Marie holds a Diploma of Political Sciences from the University of Grenoble (including one year at the University of Leipzig, Germany) as well as a Master of Law on International Cultural Exchange and Relations from the University of Lyon. From 1999 to 2006 she was in charge of programme in the Cultural Exchange Department of the Asia-Europe Foundation based in Singapore (ASEF), particularly in the fields of young artists’ exchange, development of cultural policies and networks of cultural professionals. In September 2006 she joined the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, working as the director of the French Cultural Centre in Yogyakarta (Indonesia). From January 2012 till August 2014, Marie was the Secretary General of On the Move, ensuring the daily management of the organisation and the implementation of OTM's strategic plan.



MIRIAM TSCHOLL

Saturday, 28 October 2017
• 10h - "Our stage" kick-off workshop 

Miriam Tscholl graduated from the Cultural Sciences and Aesthetic Practice programme at the University of Hildesheim, where she was also a Creative Assistant from 2004 to 2008. Miriam Tscholl has headed the Bürgerbühne (literally the “Citizens’ Stage”) at Dresden’s Staatsschauspiel theatre since the 2009/2010 season. She has also held other directorial roles in Hannover, Berlin, Mannheim and Freiburg to name but a few.