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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.

Victor Mayot
People are stupid. Wait, hear me out. I didn’t say that – although in a time when Donald Trump can get elected US president and a referendum can doom Britain to inglorious isolation, haven’t you occasionally wondered?
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Victor Mayot
A pervasive ideology has encouraged us to see individuals, not a society; to think of competition as natural and emphasise growth at all costs. What damage has this done to creativity?
Victor Mayot
We develop and test the idea that public appreciation for authentic lowbrow culture affords an effective way for certain elites to address feelings of authenticity-insecurity arising from “high status denigration” (Hahl and Zuckerman 2014). This argument, which builds on recent sociological research on the “search for authenticity” (e.g., Grazian 2005) and on Bourdieu’s (1993) notion of artistic “disinterestedness,” is validated through experiments with U.S. subjects in the context of “outsider” art (Fine 2004).
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"Routes of Mobility and Internationalization" is a methodology for the diagnosis, analysis and planning of the processes of mobility and internationalization of the performing arts. It includes all the phases and processes that a company, organization or professionals of the performing arts and live music must complete to successfully start their opening to new circuits.
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Elenq
If art is to be relevant to the environment, it needs to move beyond an art context to engage with the land itself. New evidence of a Southern Pacific Garbage patch has been found. Longtime combatant of oceanic plastic Captain Charles Moore has published new findings that further detail the concentrated amount of plastic in the South Pacific Garbage Patch near Chile and Peru, with his NGO Algalita, which is dedicated to finding solutions to plastic waste choking the oceans. The Southern Pacific Garbage patch is now believed to be larger than Mexico.
Elenq
The manual has been compiled in the context of the international project Un-Label. The wide variety of contributions from different perspectives present a comprehensive overview of the two-year model programme.
Victor Mayot
Des créatures affublées d’un nez de clown et vêtues de djellabas poussent des cris d’animaux. Des spectateurs sont invités à les rejoindre. Pas de gradins, pas de scène. Ici, le théâtre se tient hors les murs, à ciel ouvert, en plein centre-ville de Casablanca.
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Contact has avoided having to ask whether its work is diverse enough by putting diversity at the root of decision-making. Matt Fenton and Reece Williams share Contact’s story.
fbittencourt
You pay a certain amount of dollars each month for a Netflix account or a gym membership. You might not use it every day, but it’s there for you when you want it. Now, what if you could consume live theater in the same way?
Victor Mayot
Inquiry carried out by party found stage and screen increasingly dominated by people from well-off backgrounds

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