The Show Must Go ON/OFF-line: International Cultural Cooperation in Times of War

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How does the war in Ukraine affect the situation in the region? How is the response of Central and Eastern European countries specific? Will the Ukrainian culture be more present in the surrounding states than during peacetime, and will the perception of how non-Ukrainians look at it change? How does war change the principles and values on which international cultural cooperation is based?

We will talk with theater professionals from eight countries about concrete expressions of help and solidarity, the politicization of art, art activism and changes in the performing arts, about new contacts and partnerships created in the new situation, and about the boycott of Russian art.

Our panel of theatre and art professionals include: Yana Partola (Ukraine), Miriam Kičiňová (Slovakia), Nanor Petrosyan (Armenia), Raluca Radulescu (Romania), Rusanda Alexandra Curca (Moldova), Maria Komarova (Belarus), Inga Zotova-Mikshina (Russia) and Marta Ljubková (Czechia). The Head of International Cooperation Department of the Arts and Theatre Institute in Prague, Martina-Pecková Černá (Czechia), will be the moderator.

The Show Must Go On/OFFline online discussion series, featuring guests drawn from the ranks of theatre and dance artists, curators, cultural managers and theorists from the Czech Republic and abroad, addresses the performing arts’ sensitivity and responsiveness to contemporary social issues. Key themes include the adaptation of theatre, dance and contemporary circus to the virtual environment as a result of the anti-pandemic measures and questions related to the sustainability of our current quality of life and of the performing arts themselves. While it seems that the critical need for social change discussed in the fields of ecology, economics, politics and culture has been overshadowed in recent months by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, concerns about the sustainability of the field itself are gaining ground in the performing arts. Does a hybrid existence in real and virtual space amount to a dead-end for disciplines that rely on audience contact, or might it open up new worlds and possibilities? Will spectators stay at home forever? How are artists, organisers of cultural events, public funding bodies and arts education institutions responding to this crisis? How are they orientating themselves? What do they believe in and where are they headed? How do they communicate? In dialogue with our guests, we will try to map the performing arts’ emerging strategies and first responses to this global paradigm shift.

This series is produced by ATI’s International Cooperation Department as part of the Promotion of Czech Performing Arts Abroad program and in collaboration with the European project Create to Connect -> Create to Impact and the Performing Arts Central Europe (PACE.V4) network, with support from the International Visegrad Fund. International discussions take place on the Zoom platform and are held in English. Viewers have the chance to ask guests questions during the discussions and recordings of the webinars are made available on the jsmeIDU Youtube channel.

Practical information
• The meeting will take place on ZOOM; it is not necessary to download the application in advance.
• After filling out the registration form, you will receive an e-mail with a link to access the webinar.
• If possible, please register 15 minutes before the start of the event to allow time to complete the registration process.
• The webinar will be held in English and Russian.

Type of event

Date and time

23. 3. 2022 18:00




Oddělení mezinárodní spolupráce
Department of International Cooperation



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Barbora Comer


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