Engaging Society: Theatron Workshop in Prague 19-20 October Invitation

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Theatron Workshop Invitation
– Theatre & Politics on and off stage –
19 – 20 October 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic

What is the new political theatre? Where is the border between art and activism? How powerful can art be?

The Theatron Network invites artists, directors and creative leaders from European performing arts houses to join us at this workshop on the role & responsibilities of the arts in today’s society. Read more
Political & Socially Specific Theatre – About this Workshop
Whether it’s the support for an open society in the middle of the refugee crisis, or taking a stance against controversial politicians, engaging-society-rectanglethe role of the art institutions is changing. With the rising political and social problems in Europe, performing arts organisations are more and more involved in activities which are touching neuralgic points in society. Theatres, theatre companies and individual artists are shifting to the socially responsible art.

Schedule Overview
13.00 Welcome and lunch
14.00 – 15.30 History of the political and socially specific theatre: From the Living Theatre to the Rimini Protokoll – by Ondřej Hrab
16.00 – 17.30 How politics mingle with art: From the national enlightenment in 19. Century via underground culture during the Communist regime to playwright Vaclav Havel as president. – talk with Tomas Vrba, professor of the New York University, Prague.
17.30 – 19.00 Dinner & Networking
19.00 Political Theatre Live: Performance of (Matter-Doesn’t Matter)
21.00 Political Theatre Live: Performance of Dechovka (Brass Band)

Tuesday October 20
10.00 – 11.30 How we Engage Society: Talk to the creators
Talk to the creators the theatre pieces of (Jana Svobodova, Philipp Schenker) and Dechovka (Jiri Havelka, Ondrej Cihlar), Linda and Mathias Straub (artists focused on participative theatre) and art activists Ztohoven.
12.00 – 13.00 wrap up
13.00 Farewell lunch

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