Symposium “International Distribution”

December 14, 2017
Venue:
Mediathek in the ITI Mime Centrum, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin

The Performing Arts Program is hosting the symposium “International Distribution” in cooperation with Dachverband Tanz Deutschland. Being part of the international touring circuit often seems as attractive as it is indispensable for achieving sufficient visibility as an artist or a group within the independent performing arts community: what has to be kept in mind to ensure a successful international networking event? Lene Bang (producer, agent, co-author of It Starts with a Conversation) will conduct a practical workshop about the preparation for and follow-up after visits to festivals and museums. Julia Asperksa (Key Performances) will provide insight into the innovative working model of key performances and share her experiences in the areas of international marketing and touring. In the second part of the day, we will join Katja Sonnemann (freelance producer for the performing arts, Academey for Performing Arts Producers) and Sophie Travers (Australia Council for the Arts in Berlin, former dance producer) to ask questions about the role and significance of producers in the performing arts within the context of international collaborations as well as to consider: which new working models, job titles and alliances are conceivable?

Please note: the presentations and discussions will be conducted in English!

Participation in the symposium is free of charge and open to all colleagues who work in the field of the performing arts (such as, for example, producers, managers, artistic directors). The number of participants is limited to 30 people!

Schedule of Events: "International Distribution Symposium"

11:00 am: Registration and coffee

11:30 am: Welcome address & round of introductions

12:00 pm: Workshop with Lene Bang (including 45-minute lunch break)

  • Lene Bang (producer, agent, co-author of It Starts with a Conversation) will conduct a practical workshop about the preparation for and follow-up after visits to festivals and museums. With the help of their guide on the topic of international collaboration and its interactive “Stops and Thinks exercises”, they will provide the participants with tools and know-how and discuss successful as well as complicated and failed projects stemming from their 15 years of experience.

3:45 pm: Break & informal conversations

4:15 pm: Info session and discussion with Julia Asperska

  • Julia Asperksa (Key Performances) will provide insight into the innovative working model of key performances and share her experiences in the areas of international marketing and touring.


5:00 pm: Break & informal conversations

5:15 pm:
Panel discussion with Katja Sonnemann and Sophie Travers. Moderated by: Thomas Fabian Eder

  • A conversation with Katja Sonnemann (freelance performing arts producer, Akademie für Performing Arts Producer) and Sophie Travers (Australia Council for the Arts in Berlin, former dance producer) will then be dedicated afterward to questions regarding the role and significance of producers in the performing arts: after all, the goal continues to be to generate more attention and recognition for this profession, in all of its myriad forms. With a view toward international collaboration as well as beyond the focus of this symposium, we would like to discuss questions including: what are the critical moments with regard to international coproduction and cooperation? What should be scrutinized? Where are the limits? And: how do we want to work – how can we form alliances and develop new working models and thus strengthen the position of producers?


7:00 pm: Shared dinner (Restaurant Helvetia, participants will pay for their own meals and drinks)