From Performance to Installations: Practices of Interaction Between Theatres and Museums

17:30 — 19:00

Initially, traditional theatre and museum opposed each other: starting with their goals and objectives and ending with ways of interacting with visitors. However, the joint striving for democratization of art, radical experiments of Russian representatives of avant-garde, as well as theatrical experiments of the German Bauhaus school led to the birth of performance art and creation of interdisciplinary works.

Museums have realized that introduction of theatrical tools leads to a new emotional response from the audience, which is less and less satisfied with their role of outside observers of the exhibition. Also, theatre technologies help museums to acquire new language for interaction with visitors, making them involved in the stories told. And, anyway, theatricalization of the museum space opens the doors to those who rarely go to museums or do not visit them at all.

For modern theatre, in which there are no borders, museums are primarily treated as a performance space. At the same time, new venues are not everything that theatres are interested in museums. Increasingly, theatre workers do stage plays that resemble shape halls with exhibits, where the audience is given freedom of movement and action. Such interactivity gives theatre new ideas and new themes.

What forms of cooperation between museums and theatres exist? What is the benefit of the joint work of museum and theatre institutions with each other? What is the world practice of interaction between theatres and museums in the implementation of successful collaborative projects? And what difficulties arise when working on museum and theatre projects?