24 October 2019 to 27 October 2019
24 October 2019 to 27 October 2019

Immersive creative processes


From interacting with the audience to involving non-professional actors, with both bottom up and top down approaches, the development of immersive performance has boomed. But what do we want to achieve by including audience in our performances? Is this just gamification of culture,  or an opportunity for audience members to create meaning in relation to their own life? What is the relationship of these participatory forms to the so-called high culture institutions that are quickly trying to adopt them? Is it right to assume that participation is essential for true audience engagement? Is it a process of cultural democracy or cultural democratisation? Is it a necessary process for the performance or a way to tick boxes of funding schemes?

This session will include a quick presentation of core ideas by a small group of practitioners, followed by an interactive session in which participants will have an opportunity to respond. Responses, which will be created collaboratively in small groups, will come in the form of verbal presentations or concise immersive performances. 

The session isn’t meant to provide answers or enforce an opinion, but give participants ideas to be further explored in their own work.

Please check the accessibility of the venue here.

RiHub. - Coworking space
Ul. Ivana Grohovca 1/a
25 October, 2019 - 14:45 to 17:15

Share your ideas


image of Irena RistiĆ

Good evening! 
Three days ago, we`ve had the public dialogue on immersive theatre and commoning within 53rd BITEF. It was quite interesting.  Short introduction to the topic is available at the link: 

It might be relevant to our session -)



Posted 1 year 6 months ago
image of Simón Hanukai

Thank you everyone for your participation and engagement in the session yesterday! I hope you found it engaging and are intrigued to keep digging into the questions around immersive work.

A few follow-ups:
- Below are a few questions that people are interested in continuing to explore in future immersive conversations at IETM. If you have questions to add, feel free to share them here or message me directly. These can be practical or theoretical.
- If you would like to add your email to the mailing list to continue this exploration of immersive work, feel free to message me directly with your email address.
- Some of the emails that were added  to the mailing list weren't very legible. If you think that this could have been you, please resend me your email.

Enjoy the rest of IETM!

Questions to Explore in the Future:
- How much freedom do audiences have in immersive experiences?
- Democracy vs Manipulation?
- How to balance an inspiring symbolism through aesthetics and actions without becoming tendentious and manipulative?
- Should we communicate to our audiences in advance of the show that it's going to be immersive? 

Posted 1 year 5 months ago