International conference

The Future of Performing Arts: Theatre Expanded

Time: 22-23 May, 2017

Venue: Performing Arts Centre Vaba Lava (Telliskivi 60a/C1, Tallinn)

During the two days, participants from Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Sweden, Germany and the United States are tackling issues related to both institutional and organizational changes as well as artistic tendencies in the performing arts; future visions both for the society and the arts.

Rewatch the conference:


Monday, May 22nd

13.30-14.00 Registration of participants and coffee

14.00-14.10 Opening address by Kristiina Reidolv, The Manging Director of Vaba Lava

Session 1

Organisational and institutional changes in the performing arts: the changing nature of work and organisations in the 21st century

Moderator of the day Ott Karulin, the editor in chief of the cultural weekly “Sirp”, theatre critic and researcher

New Technologies in a Changing World:

14.10-14.40 Kristjan Lepik, visionary, start-up Teleport

14.40-15.10 The Theatre at the End of the Universe, Linnar Viik, visionary, Estonian IT College

Performing Arts Policy and State Funding in Estonia, Latvia and Finland:

15.10-15.40 Discussing theatre politics, Katre Väli, Theatre Advisor of the Ministry of Culture in Estonia

15.40-16.10 Funding and Action Scheme in Theatre Field of Latvia, Dace Vilsone, Deputy State Secretary for Cultural policy, Latvian Ministry of Culture

16.10-16.40 How to combine justice, quality, continuity, and change in the public funding of performing arts in Finland? – Scenarios for the futureHanna Helavuori, Director of Theatre Info Finland (TINFO)

16.40-17.00 Coffee break

17.00-17.45  Panel discussion: Kristjan Lepik, Linnar Viik, Katre Väli, Dace Vilsone, Hanna Helavuori and Zane Beinare (Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Senior Desk Officer)

17.45-18.00 Winding up the first day of the conference


19.00-20.30 Distinguishing Marks by Chris Kondek and Christiane Kühl (Germany)

Premier of the Vaba Lava Curated Programme of the 2016/2017 season

Vaba Lava studio hall

The show was created during a series of workshops of artistic intervention of Theatre Expanded: performing arts and IT sector.

18.15 -19.00 Presentation of virtual reality technology by Janika Leoste & Co

19.00-20.30 Conference lounge: Therapy by Kristina-Maria Heinsalu and Doris Feldmann; showing of British science fiction television anthology series Black Mirror (Charlie Brooker).

20.30- … Conference reception, premier party In I Out and performances of short forms presented by creative platform Vaba Vorm: silent disco by DJ Kat Sun, VJ Aleksander Sprohgis, Jan Uuspõld, Minna-Triin Kohv and Kaspar Aus.


Tuesday, May 23rd

10.30-11.00 Registration of participants and coffee

Session 2

Artistic Intervention with Organisations

Moderator Inga Koppel, International Projects Manager of Vaba Lava

11.00-11.20 Inga Koppel (Vaba Lava) and Sandra Lapkovska (New Theatre Institute of Latvia) present the results of the 2-year Interreg project Theatre Expanded

11.20-12.05 Mapping the value canvas for artistic interventions in organisations, lecture and workshop by Anne Kallio, Susinno Ltd (Finland)

12.05-12.30 Latvian trainees in the project present artistic interventions in Riga

12.30-12.45 Estonian trainees present artistic interventions in Tallinn, Viktor Aspel and Piret Jaaks, creative platform Vaba Vorm (Flexible Form)

12.45-13.30 Playing Oneself As If Another – Acting and Directing Strategies as Practical Approaches in Person-centred Health Care, Victoria Brattström, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

13.30-14.30 Expanded Professionalism in Performing Arts: Artistic Interventions and Beyond – Principles of Practice, Kai Lehikoinen, University of the Arts, Helsinki (Finland)

14.30-15.15 Buffet-Lunch at conference site

Session 3

The overall trends affecting performing arts: implications about the future

Moderator Madli Pesti, theatre critic and researcher, University of Tartu and Drama School, curator of Vaba Lava

15.15-16.00 From Representational Theatre to Data-Theatre, Chris Kondek and Christiane Kühl, performance and video artists (Germany)

16.00-16.45 What about good old acting? New forms and developing possibilities make us ask once again: what is the essence of theatrical event? Starting to use new possibilities, we are certainly abandoning some old ones – what should we take, what should we leave behind? Tiit Ojasoo, director of the theatre NO99 (Estonia)

16.45-17.30 Working with documents – yesterday´s news as Source for dealing with today, Hans-Werner Kroesinger[1], director of documentary theatre (Germany)

17.30-18.00 Panel discussion: Hans-Werner Kroesinger, Tiit Ojasoo, Chris Kondek, Christiane Kühl

18.00-18.30 End of the conference and refreshments


19.00-20.30 Distinguishing Marks by Chris Kondek and Christiane Kühl (Germany)

Vaba Lava studio hall

20.30-21.15 Artists talk in the studio hall, moderator Thomas Frank (international curator of Vaba Lava)


20% discount online tickets from Piletilevi. Discount code: viiendik vähem

Conference is free of charge



The conference is organized in the framework of Interreg Central Baltic project Theatre Expanded, which winds up a two-year producer training course taking place simultaneously at the Performing Arts Centre Vaba Lava and the New Theatre Institute of Latvia as well as the Vaba Lava international curated programme of the 2015/2017 seasons. The focus of the last two seasons was on German-speaking countries Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The curators were Thomas Frank (Germany) and Madli Pesti (Estonia).

The project is funded by the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Estonia and the National Foundation of Civil Society (KÜSK).

Conference is also supported by the Goethe Institute (Hans-Werner Kroesinger) and the Finnish Institute in Estonia, Suomi 100 (Kai Lehikoinen).


[1] A guest performance Stolpersteine by the outstanding German director of the documentary theatre Hans-Werner Kroesinger takes place on 25 May 2017 in the Vaba Lava blackbox hall: