All themes

"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.

In a story rarely told before, this is an invitation to discover a different and surprising Iran, and to experience its dynamic art scene. Most art forms in Iran are closely monitored and artists have to perform discretely, staging shows in caves, private art galleries or isolated fields where officials won’t see them.
Ida Meftahi discusses her book, "Gender and Dance in Modern Iran: Biopolitics on Stage."
Matteo Lanfranchi
Stephen Hadley (Queen’s University, Belfast) talks about audience development at the Audience Development è innovazione sociale
Un ouvrage collectif s’est penché sur la pertinence et les enjeux d’une relecture contemporaine du livre de Pierre Bourdieu, La Distinction, publié en 1979. Il en ressort une discussion critique d’une grande vitalité, tant du point de vue des positions par rapport aux thèses de l’ouvrage, des thèmes ou de l’origine des chercheurs qui s’approprient ce livre.
Pierre Bourdieu est considéré comme un des représentants les plus éminents de la sociologie française contemporaine. Au confluent d’une triple tradition, celle de Marx, de Weber et de Durkheim, il est considéré comme le représentant d’une « école sociologique », celle du structuralisme génétique ou structuralisme critique.
‘Een spijtig zwart-witdenken’: dat leek de rode draad in de reacties op de opinie van Tunde Adefioye over Theater Aan Zee. Deze houding schuift een kritiek opzij die veel dieper gaat dan de zichtbare kleuren van makers en publiek in het Oostendse Leopoldpark. Als het de podiumkunstensector echt menens is met ‘diversiteit’, moet de heersende witte klasse haar dominantie onder ogen willen zien.
Hoe kun je je als jonge kunstenaar verhouden tot de erfenis van het Europese kolonialisme? Theatermaker Ogutu Muraya, die onlangs zijn masteropleiding aan het Amsterdamse DAS Theatre afsloot, verbindt in zijn lecture-performance Fractured Memory persoonlijke herinneringen aan de recente geschiedenis van zijn thuisland Kenia met het eerste Congres van zwarte schrijvers en kunstenaars van 1956 in de Sorbonne in Parijs.
In the 80s, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law and Critical Race Theory at Columbia University as well as UCLA, conceived the term intersectionality in order to better encompass the discriminatory situation women of colour were facing.
©Robert Easton
On 17 November, European leaders met in Gothenburg to discuss the future role of education and culture in strengthening a shared European identity and sustaining the diversity and richness of the European Union. The European Commission has contributed to this meeting with the communication “Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture”, which lays out the Commission’s vision on the role of culture and education in the future of the EU.
Brussels-based choreographer, curator, and writer Michiel Vandevelde argues that artists need to reclaim a place of power in the arts sector.


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