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The placement experience
by: Georgina Saggiante Montero
A report on the placement realized at the
National Theater Festival of Croatia
ASSITEJ October 2016
Hello! My name is Gina Saggiante and on the next paragraphs I am going to talk about my experience at the National Theater Festival of Croatia as a part of the ASSITEJ Placement Program hosted by the Hause of Culture of Čakovec
From my perspective a placement is an oportunity to be in the middle of an artistic experience, where you will get the chance to see several plays a day, take workshops on your free time in between those plays, get to know other artists as you walk towards the theater, engage in discussion tables on certain topics of TYA and on your free time get voluntarily lost around the town.
The benefits are quite obvious, you make great connections with artists from other parts of the world and perhaps future cooperations, learn how other cultures see and do TYA and get tons of inspiration.
So this placement at the NTFC, in which I had the privilege to be part of, took place in Croatia, Čakovec to be more specific and as its name explains it was a teather festival that gathered the best performances for children and young audiences from this country. In return for this experience I made an everyday report of what was going on during the festival on their facebook page (Report that you will find under the title “The placement experience”)
For a week I got to see up to 3 plays a day for children and teenagers, take a workshop about the relationship between schools and theater, facilitated by Prof. Taube from Germany, see an exhibition of costume design, scenography and puppetry from the very talented bachelor students of the Art Akademy of Osijeck, and see how ASSITEJ Croatia organizes itself to improve and grow.
*Although Next Generation Placements programme primarily involves international exchange, two young artists from Serbia happen to have received the invitations to become observers at The 46th Meeting of Professional Puppet Theatre of Serbia from Puppet Theatre in Niš. This interesting twist came, on one hand, as the result of an immense interest expressed by the playwright Jelena Paligorić to see the annual puppet theatres’ programmes in Serbia, and her decision to write and publish the reviews in the printed media. Given the fact that virtually the only periodical which publishes reviews and critiques on puppet theatre in Serbia is the puppet theatre journal Threads (Niti), one young author who wishes to write about these performances represents an enormous support for this branch of theatre art.
On the other hand, Sandra Nikač, a young artist who has just obtained her MA in Puppetry in the UK, has in her application expressed her wish to practice her profession in Serbia and in the region, which, in these times of brain drain, is a real rarity. These young artists’ applications, their strong will to participate in the development of puppetry in Serbia could not be neglected. Here is what one of them says about the experience.
Inclusion Through Learning and Working
by Sandra Nikač
Bitef Polyphony experience
writen by Nina Horvat
Nina Horvat drama writer and theatre pedagogue from Croatia writes her impressions after spending a week in Belgrade as a member of the Social media managers team on the 16th Bitef Polyphony program ( 17th – 25th September). Bitef Poliphony has participated in the NG Placements program on the invitation of ASSITEJ Serbia.
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