Interdisciplinarity: A Space of Togetherness

IOn the 25th of April, NITE (Noord Nederlands Toneel + Club Guy & Roni + Asko|Schonberg + Slagwerk Den Haag) organizes a meeting on interdisciplinarity in theatre-making. The aim of the meeting is to address strategies, benefits and implications of interdisciplinarity in theatre-making, through an open dialogue among practitioners, dramaturges, students and theatre scholars.

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NITE is organizing a round table discussion about interdisciplinarity in theory and practice. NITE develops interdisciplinary performances for the big theatre halls. At the same time interdisciplinarity is even more present in the small theatre halls and is also a hot topic in theatre studies.

Interdisciplinarity is a powerful practice and a motor of change as it opens up a space of collaboration and togetherness among different disciplines and practitioners encouraging them to expand their knowledge, blur the boundaries of their practices and serve a common goal in a non-hierarchical collective process.

Focusing on interdisciplinary theatre-making, the dramaturge is an important figure as her/his practice is based on dialogue, listening, reflecting and questioning. The dramaturge works as the link among the different agents involved with the aim of serving the needs of the performance.

In the end, the dramaturge has the task to think for the audience, reflect on what the performance communicates and what experience is created for the spectators. These tasks of the dramaturg change, shift and transform in an interdisciplinary environment. In the end, some urgent questions arise from this new way of approaching theatre-making: Do we need to invent new vocabulary in order to describe new disciplines that emerge from the combination of already existing ones? Is interdisciplinarity something a younger audience takes for granted more easily than an older one? In a performance where the different art forms escape their traditional form and identity how can a theatre critic or journalist write about it?

Together with a panel of experts in dramaturgy, journalism, performance and curating along with the audience, we will address strategies, benefits and implications of/for interdisciplinarity in theatre-making, in the form of an open dialogue.

PROGRAM: 10:00-10:30 Introduction: Robbert van Heuven (dramaturge at NITE) 10:30-12:30 Panel Discussion: Konstantina Georgelou (dramaturge/scholar University of Utrecht), Marijn Lems (journalist for NRC and Groene Amsterdammer/ programmaker Het Huis), Rainer Hofmann (director SPRING Festival), Katja Heitmann (artist/maker) 12:30-13:30 Lunch 13:30-14.00 Presentations by Performance Studies graduates 14:00-15:30 Groups Discussion 15:30-16:00 Coffee Break 16:00-17:00 Rap up session 17:00 Drinks at the Foyer 20:00 Brave New World 2.0 Performance – Stadsschouwburg*

*We would like to go and visit the show Brave New World 2.0 by NITE in Stadsschouwburg after the confererence. Get your tickets HERE fast, because there are just a couple of them left (Students get a discount).

The event is hosted by the Theatre and Performance Studies department of Utrecht University and takes place on April 25, 10.00-17.00hrs, at MCW Lab, Kromme Nieuwegracht 20 Utrecht. Contact: dramaturgie@nnt.nl.