You are browsing the archived website of the Maribor Theatre Festival - to visit current website, click here.

Maribor Theatre Festival — Archive 2010 - 2016

The Alternative Today? The Art of Creating Theatre Outside the Production Ultimatums

A professional meeting organised by the Association of Theatre Critics and Researchers of Slovenia in collaboration with the Maribor Theatre Festival

20 October 2015 | 10.00 | Salon of Applied Arts

Experimental theatres and alternative performing practices enriched the dominant artistic production of the second half of the 20th century through their activities outside the frame of the prevailing and established norms – both aesthetic- and production-wise. This was at once the core of their subversiveness and a critique of dominant ideologies.

Later on, the central artistic production partly incorporated these practices. If we make a very condensed summary, this transformed situation in Slovenian theatre and the cross-breeding of different practices still allowed for the existence of a powerful non-institutional, that is NGO, scene in the 1990s. In the new millennium, however, the subversiveness of this scene was confronted with different repressive mechanisms. The "monitoring” of the immediate political and social ideology was replaced by the "normativity” of a less transparent and, therefore, more binding, even confining, democracy of the market, financial uncertainty, the rigidity of public institutions and the bureaucratisation of the cultural-political system. We are talking about the logic of statistics, the priority of quantity over quality, the bureaucratisation of procedures, projects and application calls, reduced rehearsal time for productions and the artists’ over-employment; to put it briefly, we are witnessing the logic of hyper-production leading to exhaustion and emptiness.

Nowadays, the non-institutional scene is barely managing to provide for (poor and increasingly poorer) working conditions. In turn, the ever-increasing pressure of capitalist logic causes the institutional scene – production-wise mainly more stable – to struggle to maintain fluidity and flexibility for implementing diverse working possibilities within their networks. Who is then nowadays capable of producing the alternative? What is actually the alternative in Slovenian theatre? And where can we detect that which introduces difference within the traditional/common/expected artistic production?

The main goal of this one-day professional meeting is to reflect upon the production conditions that nowadays dictate the creation of performing arts. Our aim is certainly not to stick to gloomy overviews and predictions, such as: "What is production doing to art?” Instead of this, we suggest a provocative question: "What is it that theatre art can do for the production conditions?” Which examples of good practice in contemporary Slovenian theatre diverge from the common production modes and thus perhaps instigate a productive difference?

As this is a lively, elusive and extensive topic, the event is conceived as a meeting of a broad spectrum of viewpoints. We will distil the neuralgic points of theatre and its production circumstances through time and structure the discussion through a constructive cross-stitching of theory and practice, of production and artistic creation.

Concept and organisation: Nika Arhar and Nika Leskovšek

 

 

 


This site uses cookies for better performance and user experience. Do you agree to use of cookies?

Find out more

Cookies on our web page

Legal basis

The legal basis for the cookie policy notice is the EU E-Privacy Directive (Directive 2009/136) and the amended Electronic Communications Act (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 109/2012) that entered into force in the beginning of 2013 and brought about new regulations governing the use of cookies and similar technologies for the storage of information and access to information, stored on users’ computers or mobile devices.

About cookies

Cookies are short text files that are sent from a website and stored on user’s computer, smartphone or any other device accessing websites through the Internet. They can be used to collect information on how users browse a website, and can thus adapt the contents of the website to users’ interests when they browse the same website in the future, ensuring the best user experience. A cookie usually contains a string of letters and numbers that is stored on user’s computer when they visit a certain website. Each time the user visits the website, the latter is notified of the stored cookie, thereby enabling recognition of the user.

The use of cookies on the Internet has been commonplace for quite some time. More information on cookies can be found at www.aboutcookies.org, including instructions on how to delete them.

Types of cookies

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies let you move around the website and use its essential features. Without these cookies, services you’ve asked for (e.g. registration, shopping activities, safety, etc.) will not function.

Performance cookies

These cookies collect information on how visitors use a website with the purpose of improving their user experience (for instance, which pages visitors go to most often, etc.). These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor.

Functionality cookies

These cookies allow the website to remember your settings and choices you make (user name, language, region, etc.) and provide enhanced, personalised features. These cookies may track your actions on the website.

Targeting cookies

Tracking cookies are related to third-party services (e.g. advertising and social networks), such as the ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ buttons. These cookies may track your actions on the website. They are managed and hosted by third parties.

Cookies on this website

Cookie name Author Purpose
borstnikovo_frontend Maribor Theatre Festival The session cookie monitors your activity on the website; without it, each sub-site would consider you a new visitor. Therefore, it is required for the smooth operation of the online shop.
bcms_cookie_accepted
bcms_cookie_declined
Maribor Theatre Festival These cookies record your choice regarding the use of cookies on our website.
__utma
__utmb
__utmc
__utmv
__utmz
Google Analytics These cookies measure traffic on the website by means of Google Analytics (a service offered by Google that provides online analytical data).
Google Analytics privacy policy / Opt-out of Google Analytics
di
dt
psc
uid
uit
uvc
siteaud
ana_svc
atuvc
user_token
AddThis These cookies are set by AddThis social plugin.
AddThis privacy policy / Opt-out of AddThis
c_user
s
xs
presence
datr
ft
lu
sub
lsd
reg_ext_ref
reg_fb_gate
reg_fb_ref
wb
act
_e_3qqF_0
wd
p
Facebook These cookies are set by Facebook plugin.
Facebook cookies & similar technologies
__utma
__utmz
SID
LOGIN_INFO
use_hotbox
PREF
SSID
HSID
watched_video_id_list
demographics
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
YouTube These cookies are set by YouTube video player.
Types of cookies used by Google
_ga
__utma
__utmb
__utmc
__utmv
__utmz
SC
PREF
HSID
SSID
APISID
SAPISID
SNID
NID
GoogleAccountsLocale_session
AnalyticsUserLocale
GAPS
Google Maps These cookies are set by Google Maps.
Types of cookies used by Google

Cookie management

Cookies are stored and managed by the browser used by the user. The browser may limit cookie storage or disable it. Cookies stored by the browser may be deleted – for more information visit www.aboutcookies.org. Your decision regarding the use of cookies on this website can be changed at any time by clicking on the link Cookies.

Website management

Website Maribor Theatre Festival.