Within the framework of the project “Seeds of Imagination” funded with support from the European Commission the Finnish Theatre Information Centre (TINFO) has published a handbook “To Moscow!.” It contains tips and recommendations to Finnish theatres planning to tour Russia and will definitely cause interest and be of help to Russian theatres, too.
The Networking and Mobility Guide is available as a PDF publication (1.3 Mb).
To quote editor-in-chief Helena Autio-Meloni’s foreword:
The handbook is a small guide for the major project a guest performance in Russia still inevitably will be. It is primarily aimed at independent companies, but other theatres planning to cooperate with Russian theatres and festivals also benefit from the guidebook. We focus on cultural exchange, the encounter between two cultures. There is other information available for those aiming at business contacts.
The handbook contains practical advice and suggestions based on our own experience. It also includes some useful contact information and deals with the following aspects:
- planning (budget, time, financing, transport)
- contracts (partner theatre, festival, transport, rights)
- customs and visa (different models and cooperation)
- at the theatre (accommodation, technical matters, interpreters, interpreting/subtitles, hierarchy)
- the culture clash (the border between Finland and Russia is psychological and concrete)
- partners (previous contacts)
- anecdotes and experiences
A handbook need not always be a list of templates and dull facts, it can be more an edition of collected stories, which more describes this attempt to a “holdall”. Studying this little guide we wish you will enjoy planning your next tour to Russia, and hope you in due time will collect your own stories of experience to share!
WHY NETWORKING AND MOBILITY TRAINING?
An interview with Martina Marti, trainer at the Networking and Mobility seminars of Seeds of Imagination
HOW TO PREPARE A GUEST PERFORMANCE IN RUSSIA?
A WEEK IN ST PETERSBURG
WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY
How do Russian theatres manage to finance their performances going abroad?
INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY AND NETWORKING
Seeds of Imagination project materials
director of the International Program at the Golden Mask Festival in Moscow, professional teacher and translator of English.
specialises in Russian theatre, director of Finnish Institute in St Petersburg 2005-2008, project leader of Seeds of Imagination EU-project 2009-2010, now private entrepreneur in Helsinki.
actor and theatre director who has worked in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, USA, Chile, Cyprus and Russia. Now artistic director of Klockrike-teatern in Helsinki.
studied drama, directing and arts management in Canterbury and Paris. She worked as a dramaturg and producer for the international festival Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen in Germany before moving to Helsinki in 2006, where she worked as coordinator for international projects at the Finnish Theatre Information Centre until the end of 2010. She now works as a freelance director in Finland and Switzerland.
director of Baltic Circle International Theatre Festival in Helsinki. She received her B.A. in Art Criticism from European Humanities University, Minsk, and M.A. in Arts Management from Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Her professional experience includes programming and producing two international festivals (Russian Seasons Festival and Stage Theatre Festival), managing a visual arts gallery (ROR Gallery in Helsinki), producing and curating projects in both visual and performing arts fields, as well as writing about contemporary culture.
freelance writer, researcher and project manager based in the UK who specializes in European cultural cooperation and international mobility issues. She was worked on many projects for European cultural networks and was General Editor of www.on-the-move.org mobility website 2004-2009. She is co-author of an EU-commissioned guide to mobility of cultural goods between Russia and EU and has written handbooks for visual artists in UK.
Download complete Networking Guide (PDF 1.3 MB).
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