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Chapter 2 - International Festivals, the Practice of Co-production, and the Challenges for Documentation in a Digital Age

from Part I - Contexts and Methods

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 May 2020

Ric Knowles
Affiliation:
University of Guelph, Ontario
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International theatre festivals are now a dominant phenomenon and have significantly influenced global theatre production since the 1980s. Against the backdrop of post-colonial criticism over the last three decades, the initial post-Second World War function of festivals to represent various national, mostly European cultures has gradually shifted towards festivals as co-producers of international work. Therefore, festivals appear as influential players in professional networks to establish and circulate aesthetic approaches in contemporary theatre practice. Due to the lack of sources on international festivals in archives and theatre collections, the chapter examines the possibilities and challenges of documenting these new modes of production and mobility in theatre archives. Focusing on to the complex professional network around the Philippines-based choreographer and performance artists Eisa Jocson and the role of Zürcher Theater Spektakel within this network, the chapter argues that digital media and data online for international co-production reveals the complex structures of professional networks and should be considered in research on international theatre festivals in a digital age.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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