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Baltic Current: a think tank for sustainable performing arts in Baltics

Baltic Current: a think tank for sustainable performing arts in Baltics is a joint initiative of theatre Gertrudes ielas teatris (Riga, LV)Goethe Institute (DE)Kaunas City Chamber Theatre (Kaunas, LT) and performing arts platform Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (Tallinn, EE) created to provide a platform for mutual learning, sharing of expertise and support for the next generation of performing artists from Baltics. Financial support for think tank is provided by Nordic-Baltic Mobility Program for Culture. 

Baltic Current is based on creative workshops designed for young stage artists, in which 16 pre-selected participants develop their artistic activities and raise awareness of the current
 stage art environment in the Baltic. The central interest of the think tank is to create new collabora
tions between Baltic performing arts artists and organisations, to promote co-creation and process based works.

But the picture is not complete without performing arts organisations. Reality of today – ongoing pressing issues of climate, Covid and war – encourages us to question, re-think and re-imagine the mode and models of how we engage in the work with artists, audience, and other organisations. We invite you to join us and take a closer look on human, social, artistic, economic, and ecological aspects of the performing arts in Baltics today.  

As part of each meeting, members of the think-tank are presented with local contemporary art environment by visiting theatres and performances, taking part in discussions with representatives of performance art field organisations and artists.  

Carried out workshops: 

24th-27th of August, Riga, Ģertrūdes ielas teātris  

Focus of the first workshop was the formulation, development, resilience and flexibility of ones own artistic practices and interests. The workshop and the public lecture 
“No collective without the individual” took place under the leadership of the producer of the Gob Squad and the d
ramaturg Eva Hartmann.

23rd-25th of September, Kaunas, Starting point festival, Kaunas City Chamber Theatre 

In the focus of the meeting, the development of group ideas and process, analysis of stage works, the role of the 
festival in the ecology of stage arts. The workshop was run by the Lithuanian dram
aturg Gabriele Labanauskaite.

The representatives of the organisations at the meeting commonly defined the topics and interests which will be developed in the three groups in the forthcoming meetings. 

Group 1: Professional training in performing arts (summer schools, workshops, etc.) 

Group 2: Sharing resources: mapping, information exchange, resources, developing joint activities. 

Group 3: Lobbying for support of the performing arts on the Baltic level. 

Online meeting 26th of October  

In the focus of the meeting, organisational and artistic stages of the project development,
 the development of collective works by artists, 
led by Eva Hartmann.

24th – 26th of November, Tallina, Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava  

The focus of the meeting was co-creation, collective development of creative ideas. The workshop was led by Sascha Sulimma and Alexander Karschnia, artists of the theater association andcompany&Co 

Upcoming events:  

Online meeting on11th of January 2023
Main themes- international collaboration, producing.  

Think- thank final event – on 8th- 11th of February 2023  

Artists and representatives of organisations will share the results of the workshop process. 

Baltic Current think- thank curators:
Evarts Melnalksnis
Linda Krūmiņa
Baltic Current think- thank artists:
Artūrs Čukurs
Barbara Lehtna
Elīna Matvejeva
Greta Štiormer
Indrė Vėlyvytė
Jana Jacuka
Jarmo Reha
Kadri Sirel
Karolin Poska
Katrīna Dūka
Keithy Kuuspu
Keity Pook
Līga Ūbele
Modesta Jakeliūnaitė
Monika Klimaite
Toma Čepaitė

More information about participants HERE.   

Representatives of organisations:  

Maija Pavlova, Ģertrūdes ielas teātris (LV)   

Jānis Znotiņš, Valmieras vasaras teātra festivāls (LV)  

Biruta Eliza Kirmuska, Stars well festivāls "Vides deja" (LV)  

Jurga Knyvienė, Kauno miesto kamerinis teatras (LT)  

Anna Sīle,  Dirty Deal Teatro (LV)  

Marie Kliiman, Tartu New Theatre (EST)  

Anupras Jucius, Bį Panevėžio teatras "Menas" (LT)  

Evgeniya Shermeneva,  Production company KATLZ RIGA (LV)  

Gildas Aleksa, Teatronas  (LT)  

Liisi Aibel,  Estonian Theatre Agency (EST)  

Eneli Järs,  Kanuti Gildi SAAL (EST)  

E-mail address for communication and more information:current@git.lv 


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