Aura of Puppets hosts a seminar on sustainable touring practices on Thursday 20 April 2023 at the Oh My Puppets! mini festival for contemporary Puppetry in Helsinki.
The seminar is also a kick-off event for an EU-funded project IMPULSE! – New Focus on Puppetry and Visual Theatre
The seminar takes place in The Performance Arts Centre – Eskus (Kaasutehtaankatu 1/33) next to the festival venue Cirko in Suvilahti and is divided in to two workshops that can be attended also online.
The workshops are conducted by a sustainability expert Carolina Ortega.
Sustainable touring workshops (1,5h each)
1 Artists’ perspective on touring 14:00–15:30 EET
– Introduction to Sustainability Lab project and it’s Toolbox The Sustainability Lab aims is to increase literacy around sustainability in the performing arts, specifically with regards to touring, and to provide practical tips that help you to reduce the environmental impact of touring.
– The Toolbox breaks down recommendations to practical tips. It covers various areas of impact and addresses various target groups. -green riders, calculators, and other aspects of touring that cannot be measured directly -residencies and working possibilities while on tour – discussion around touring practices and challenges (30min)
2 Perspective for producers, presenters and venues (15:30-17:00) EET – Introduction to Sustainability Lab project and it’s Toolbox The project aims is to increase literacy around sustainability in the performing arts, specifically with regards to touring, and to provide practical tips that help you to reduce the environmental impact of touring.
– the responsibilities and possibilities or venues
– discussion around touring practices, ideas and challenges (30min)
Attending the event
The workshops are free of charge and open for all artists working in perforative arts, theatre, puppetry or elsewhere. We also encourage festival presenters, producers and venues to attend the workshop. As the venue has limited space, we encourage everyone to fill out the attendance form by 19 April 2023 here. There will be coffee and small snacks served as well.
In order to get the Zoom call attendance link we also invite you to fill out the form.
About our guest
CAROLINA ORTEGA is a Venezuelan performance maker and curator. She studied Theatre direction and dramaturgy ‘MA Text & Performance’ at RADA (London) and Documentary and Biographic Theatre Direction and Dramaturgy at Universität der Künste Berlin.
She worked as curator for CASA Latin American Theatre Festival between 2009-12 and Curating Producer at the Bush Theatre in 2012 (London). She was co-artistic director of FLIGHT OF THE ESCALES between 2013-2018 and since then, runs her own theatre company, TUCAN RIOT. More information on: http://www.carolinaortega.eu/
She is currently working with a Berlin-based international theatre booking agency and consultancy firm Aurora Nova as an agent and Sustainability consultant. Together with Heleen De Boever they developed the Sustainability Lab, a toolbox for artists, presenters and agents towards more sustainable touring options. She completed the Weiterbildung in Transformation Managerin Nachhaltige Kultur with Aktionsnetzwerk Nachhaltigkeit. More information on: https://www.sustainability-lab.eu/
IMPULSE! – New Focus on Puppetry and Visual Theatre
A two-year project that aims to promote European contemporary puppetry and visual theatre by developing sustainable touring structures, creating networks, and enhancing professional development for artists and producers – as well as introducing new audiences to ambitious international performances.
The project focuses on Northern and Southern Europe: project partners are situated in Finland, Lithuania and Portugal and share similar challenges related to geographical location and lack of access to Central European touring networks and educational institutions.
The three partner institutions – Aura of Puppets (FI), A Tarumba – Teatro de Marionetas (PT) and Kosmos Theatre (LT)- are all invested in developing visual theatre and puppetry as ambitious, innovative, contemporary artforms and reaching wider and more diverse audiences both locally and internationally.