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Symposium Community Building and Audience Research

….organised by Berlin Performing Arts Program.

The LAFT Berlin is inviting to the next symposium Community Building and Audience Research. We want to ask ourselves: who is the audience for the independent performing arts? How can  (new) communities be reached? What do we understand when we use the term „community“ – and do we all understand the same thing? What opportunities for participation are we offering?

Community Building and Audience Research – Who’s there? Who is visible? Who should see? Who may be seen?
November 29, 2019, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Neuköllner Oper, Karl-Marx-Straße 131/133, 12043 Berlin

The independent performing arts are marked by a diversity of topics, forms and working methods that are formed by coming to terms with (production) locations, people and societal contexts. Within independent production processes, a special relationship to the audience as well as different dimensions of the communication of arts is visible. This concerns practices that go beyond generating audience numbers; it concerns shared learning processes, the shaping of the schedule of programming by the participation of the city and its inhabitants, cooperative and collaborative creative processes, empowerment instead of routing at artistic institutions as well as encounters, communities and aesthetic communication. Or, at the very least, we like to think so.

On November 29, 2019 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, short presentations and examples from artistic praxis as well as academia will demonstrate on this day how cultural participation in the independent performing arts far beyond simply attending a performance can be realized and will provide insight into the current state of research into audience research and participation in the independent performing arts community.
Workshops will support artists and culture makers in the development of strategies, for example, the incorporation of the interests of a variety of communities in shaping the schedule of programming or the establishment and maintenance of contacts to certain communities and their representatives.

With: Zwoisy Mears Clarke (freelance choreographers), Katja Grawinkel-Claassen (dramaturgy & audience development, Forum Freies Theater Düsseldorf), Prof. Dr. Tibor Kliment (Rheinische Fachhochschule Cologne), Shanti Suki Osman (artist, researcher, educator), Anne Schneider (Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste) and additional guests.

Participation is free of charge.

Register to attend by November 25 by sending an email

The complete schedule of events as well as information about the barrier-free nature and accessibility of the spaces can be found from the beginning of November under:

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