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Exchanging theatre performances is a proven means of cultural diplomacy. Audiences can compare the state of theatre arts and learn about topics discussed (or avoided) in contemporary dramatic productions in foreign cultures. Actors performing in front of a foreign audience, mostly reading surtitles, become aware of their craft and their specific techniques to reach each spectator.

Coproductions are the next step: Theatre artists rehearse and live for a while in a foreign culture, are able to work with colleagues in the same field but with a different cultural, sociological, political background – and watch them in performances. Often, the plays are devised and require research in the civil societies of the host country. Sometimes cultural differences and common grounds are the topic of plays. All in all, a coproduction is a lasting experience for everyone involved.


Jan Linders, head dramaturg of the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, Germany, and vice president of the European Theatre Convention, is an expert in international theatre collaborations. In recent years, he has initiated and produced a six part, 2 year collaboration with the Teatron Beit Lessin, Tel Aviv, Israel, a bilingual classroom play with the TJP in Strasbourg, France, a tri-lingual performance with the Romanian State Theatre Timisoara (in the frame of the ETC project „The Art of Ageing“), another tri-lingual production with Israel, a dance- performance with the Democrazy Theatre, Bangkok, Thailand, and most recently, an experimental project to develop an Augmented Reality play with the Théâtre de la Manufacture, Nancy, France, and the Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre, Tbilisi, in the frame of the „European Theatre Lab: Drama Goes Digital“.


Lecturer: Jan Linders

Target audience: general public, festival and theatre managers

Language: English | Translated in Georgian

Duration: 45 Minutes

Date / Time: September 24 | 15:00

Place: Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre | Museum Space