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 collaborations between Baltic performing arts artists and organisations, to promote co-creation and process based works.
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 dramaturg 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 dramaturg 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
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:
Baltic Current think- thank artists:
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)
Goda Giedraitytė, "Fish Eye" / International Arts Festival Plartforma (LT)
Evgeniya Shermeneva, Production company KATLZ RIGA (LV)
Evelyn Raudsepp, STL (Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava / Independent Dance Stage) (EST)
Gildas Aleksa, Teatronas (LT)
Liisi Aibel, Estonian Theatre Agency (EST)
Eneli Järs, Kanuti Gildi SAAL (EST)
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Latvian Ministry of Welfare supports the European Social Fund project “Support for Social Entrepreneurship” No. 126.96.36.199/15/I/001.