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"Themes" is a stream of content generated or created by both IETM staff and our members. In focus are the subjects we consider essential in the contemporary performing arts today: the relationship with the audience, EU cultural policies, diversity & inclusion, sustainability of the sector, the value of the arts in society, and the paradigms, challenges and aspirations faced by the sector in different parts of the globe.

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Dr. Jane Chu
The Wallace Foundation announced a $40 million arts initiative, which will provide funding for approximately 25 arts organizations over six years to build and maintain audiences.
A guide to building a balanced, sustainable artistic life. Don't starve. Make art.
Nearly 60% of theatre and dance organisations claim to have benefited financially from being more environmentally friendly, according to a new survey.
Ah, “sustainable.” It is a buzzword of the moment, showing up in discussions ranging from the environment, manufacturing, agriculture… even the arts. Of course, everyone wants to be sustainable, thinking that they, their product, or their service will stand the test of time and last forever. I’d like this willful misuse of the term to stop—particularly among arts organizations.
Sustainability in the dance field is composed of four interconnected dimensions: cultural(including artistic), ecological, economic and social. It is therefore only natural that in orderto strengthen the sustainability of the dance field it is necessary to pay attention to all fourkey aspects. The keðja Think Tank on Sustainability calls for a holistic approach in dancesector development, taking into account the entire value chain and the life cycle of artisticwork and careers. The recommendations are divided into five key areas with the followingaims: (1) to build bridges between the dance...
Preemptive Media (Beatriz da Costa, Jamie Schulte, Brooke Singer), AIR (Area's Immediate Reading), 2006. Prototypes of portable air quality measurement kits to monitor various air pollutants, accompanied by data visualizations of the findings. AIR is a process-oriented, socially based artwork that integrates the community into the creation and presentation of the work.
Sustainability has become the new “social networking”-at least it seems to have superseded the latter as the catchword du jour. An increasing number of conferences, think tanks, art exhibitions and publications have been devoted to the subject over the past few years and have reached critical mass. One might argue that a focus on sustainability is the next logical step after the rise of social networking enabled by the user-generated content of Web 2.0 sites-such as blogs, Wikis, MySpace, YouTube, and Flickr: networking itself is intrinsic to digital technologies, which allow for multiple...
This guide will help you to integrate environmental sustainability in capital projects from conception through to completion. It focuses mainly on larger capital projects and redevelopment of existing buildings and infrastructure, but is also relevant to smaller capital projects and new builds.
In the summer of 2010 I performed in my first ever Fringe Festival. I had known about the Fringe circuit for a long time. I had volunteered at the San Francisco Fringe as a technician ten years earlier where I saw some of the worst theatre in my life. It was at that point (at the ripe age of twenty-five) when I decided to stop pursuing theatre the way I had previously. By this point I had created three solo shows and directed a play I wrote, but when I moved to the Bay Area something changed.
Josephine Baker is here cladded in a shimmering veil.
Tom Holert: A key point in both Second Skin: Josephine Baker & the Modern Surface (2011) and its accompanying essay “Shine: On Race, Glamour, and the Modern” of the same year is what you have poignantly and paradoxically called the “disappearance into appearance,” referencing the particular “shimmering, excessively ornamentalized performance” of Anna May Wong in the 1929 movie Piccadilly.
The Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value has conducted a 12 month inquiry into how Britain can secure greater value from its cultural and creative assets.

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