The NTIL and partners launch network “Samovar Circles”



“Samovar Circles” is a collective catalyst and boiler of ideas on how to tackle new challenges and opportunities for the performing arts in the post-Covid era. Artists, presenters and funders within the Nordic and Baltic contemporary circus and performing arts field will over the next year be invited to a series of intimate and highly participative meetings on the following themes:

– the future of international collaboration;

– diversity and representation;

– preventing a lost generation of artists. 

“Samovar Circles” will constitute an empathy driven think-tank from which inspiration can flow and new models for tomorrow can be constructed. “Samovar Circles” is initiated with the aim to support stakeholders across the field to keep going, strengthen their relations and find out together how to build new support structures for the future.

“Samovar Circles” will take place both online and live. There will be two different ways to participate:

– Artists, presenters and funders from the Nordic and Baltic region can take part in open brainstorming sessions, webinars and workshops on the themes. 

– A core group of 12 artists and 12 presenters will be invited for participation in all open activities, and additionally engage in three separate occasions to boil and refine ideas. 

More infomation will come in September – we will keep you posted.

“Samovar Circles” is a short term network initiated and organised by Subtopia (Sweden), CircusInfo Finland (Finland), Performing Arts Hub (Norway), Teatronas (Lithuania), New Theatre Institute of Latvia (Latvia) and Wildtopia (Denmark). The partners represent different missions, contexts, knowledge and practices. They collaborated for the first time in the context of Subcase Cyber in 2021, then discovering their differences being profoundly valuable.

The encounters offered vital inspiration and provocation in a time when Covid-19 was stripping them of live interaction with Nordic and Baltic peers, artists and audiences. Based on their joint engagement in what the new reality will look like for contemporary performing arts in the region, they wish to deepen the conversations in a collective engagement with the field. 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Photo: “Homo Novus”, “trees have stopped talking since then” (2020) by Krista Burāne, photo credit Andrejs Strokins.



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