ITCR IN PRACTICE
Location and Partners
ITCR?s annual residency takes place in a different location each year. The location is chosen by ITCR?s board of directors, with a preference for locations that have traditionally been underexposed to contemporary theatre influences or the exchange between international artists.
In running the Program, ITCR works closely with a local partner (cultural organisation, theatre house or company) that commits locally administering the residency. Depending on the circumstances, this partner might also co-produce and part-fund the program. Often it supplies funding in kind, such as rehearsal and performance spaces, office facilities, or promotion and marketing support.
Participants: Director and Ensemble
Each year ITCR?s board of directors selects a different theatre director to lead the group of artists in residence. He/she is responsible for creating and directing the theatre production in collaboration with the group/ensemble.
Then, a group of artists in residence are selected from a pool of applicants. They form the temporary ensemble, which is made up in equal numbers by theatre practitioners from the hosting country and from Western European countries.
Throughout the course of the residency, the artists travel, reside and work in the chosen location.
ITCR and the director discuss the conceptual idea, thematic and format of the residency and the envisioned theatre production. ITCR advises the director on the most cost-effective choices and is at all times in charge of keeping within the budget.
ITCR wants to give directors and temporary ensembles as much artistic freedom
as possible for their exploration and work: The resulting theatre productions do not
need to follow any prescribed style or conform to commercial pressures.
The only conditions ITCR sets are the following:
1. The theatre production are devised and created during the residency.
2. The diversity of languages and cultural heritages of the ensemble are utilised.
3. The theatre production is site-specific in that it utilises particular cultural characteristics of the geographical area the residency takes place in. This can happen i.e. through its music, dances, customs, or mythology.
4. The chosen thematic addresses a relevant issue of the world today.
5. The resulting work explores and challenges the universal language of theatre.
THE THREE PARTS PROCESS
Part I: Workshop and master classes (2 weeks)
2-4 established theatre practitioners are responsible for planning and leading an initial series of workshops and masterclasses. The pool or workshop leaders will contain 1 or 2 visiting artists.These complement the overall artistic concept of the program and provide unique opportunities for the ensemble to further their professional skills.
The workshops and master classes serve the following purposes:
- Providing an opportunity for experimentation, training and gaining new skills in contemporary theatre performance.
- Serving as a starting point and complementary tool for director and performers to experiment with ideas for the
- Allow the ensemble to make first contact and acknowledge their diverse artistic contributions.
Part II: Devising the production (4 weeks)
During an intensive 4 week period, director and ensemble devise an original theatre production around an established theme/issue in a collaborative process.
During this phase, ITCR encourages the participants to work and explore freely and courageously, without the pressure of having to be commercially viable or fitting into conventional concepts of theatre.
Part III: Performing the show (duration of this phase is project-specific)
This phase consists of initially performing the show in the hosting country, either in one fixed venue or by touring.
The local production partner and ITCR work together to attract audiences by creating awareness of the production through extensive promotion.
If the show demonstrates potential, a plan is drawn up to expand the production, for example by approaching festivals or working with local and international producers to plan possible tours in other countries.