ATW TALKS EDITION NO. 18
EDITION NO. 18
SILVIA BOTTIROLI AND ROSE BEERMANN
THE SINGULARITY OF A FESTIVAL TODAY
What can a festival do? What is the function of a festival in our present situation? This edition of the ATW TALKS takes place in the frame of Diskurs, a festival curated by ATW students which is organised from October 11-15 this year. On the occasion of Diskurs festival, we welcome Silvia Bottiroli for a discussion about her experiences as the former artistic director of the Italian Santarcangelo festival (2012-2016) and about her view on festivals as a theatre scholar and professor at Bocconi University in Milan.
In a time when avant-garde festivals celebrate decades of their existence (steirischer herbst was 50 this year, Kunstenfestivaldesarts looks back at more than 20 years), in a time when the temporal economy of festivals is not the exception but the rule (the 'festivalisation' of the programmes of regular theatre venues being one sign of this development), in a time when artists are more and more disappointed with European conditions of funding and production both in theatres and festivals—what can the singularity and the potential of a festival be? The talk will be hosted by ATW member of staff Rose Beermann.
Taking place in a monthly interval since the end of 2015, the ATW TALKS are an open format for discussion organised by the ATW, the Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany. The aim of the ATW TALKS is to create a forum for debating contemporary dance, theatre and performance, thereby contributing to the academic and artistic discourse in the city, in the Hessian performing arts scene and beyond. What is often considered an advantage of the ATW is equally true for the talks: hidden away from a general public with its necessity for self-representation, the context in Gießen offers a unique possibility for an intense, extensive and critical exchange. Each edition of the ATW TALKS is moderated by members of staff working at the institute. Invitations are extended to artists and academics from the performing arts and affiliated disciplines. The talks are generally conducted in English, on certain occasions though, they might be held in German or French.