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Theatre and Digitality Lecture performance in interaction

Theatre and Digitality  Lecture performance in interaction
© Akademie für Theater und Digitalität

October 2022

The Academy for Theatre and Digitality is a globally unique model project for digital innovation, artistic research and technology-oriented education and training for all types of performing arts. The focus of artistic research is the question how digital tools can be used meaningfully and sensually on, in front of and behind the stage: So what can a theatre of the future look like that is open to digital change and its possibilities?
Marcus Lobbes and Michael Eickhoff will present the work of the Academy in an interactive lecture: the audience will decide by majority vote which topics and questions will be addressed.
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Marcus Lobbes

is the director of the Academy for Theater and Digitality, the sixth division at Theater Dortmund; he has also worked since 1995 as a director, stage and costume designer, and author in opera and drama, including a focus on premieres and first performances, at many well-known theaters and opera houses in German-speaking countries. Since 2014, he has been regularly invited as a guest lecturer at various renowned colleges and universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As director of the Dortmund Academy, he is in demand locally, nationally and internationally in lecture and discourse formats; an important concern for him is the development and encouragement of a wide variety of networks for the performing arts, as well as the communication of artistic research in correspondence with the latest technologies to theater and educational institutions, politics and the public.

Michael Eickhoff

studied history, sociology and German literature in Bielefeld and Paris. Since 2000 he has been working as production manager, dramaturg, curator and lecturer for various theaters (Theater Bonn, Wiesbaden and Bielefeld) and universities. From 2010 to 2020 he was part of the artistic management team at the Schauspiel Dortmund under the direction of Kay Voges as (chief) dramaturg. Here he has accompanied a large number of productions, curated discourse series, festivals and international guest performances, and co-created the concept and the funding of the Academy for Theater and Digitality.
He is particularly interested in theater in discourse with various social actors, political activism, journalism and a variety of related disciplines of art. Since summer 2020, he has been part of the Academy for Theatre and Digitality and is responsible here, among other things, for (international) networking and cooperation between art, science and business.

Tanween 2022

A flagship program of Ithra (The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture) located in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia runs for 15 days from 26th Oct - 12th Nov 2022. Since launching in 2018, Tanween has welcomed over 200,000 visitors, hosted 130 speakers, delivered
100+ workshops, 30 Exhibits or Installations, and 40 live performances.
Each day visitors will find an active program to inspire, to learn and connect their creativity. Each weekend provides a focus on industry sectors with talks and masterclasses from leaders in Business, Graphics + Architecture using the power of creative collaboration.

In 2022 Tanween will explore the creative process through the theme of ‘Stop, Collaborate, Listen'‘ The program of talks, masterclasses, exhibits, workshops, challenges, performances, meet-ups & festivities show the power of the creative industries and the benefits of innovative thinking.


The Goethe-Institut Saudi Arabia

opened in 2014 offering language courses and exams on site in Riyadh and Jeddah and online. The Goethe-Institut Saudi Arabia also promotes the German language in Saudi schools and offers exams and courses in cooperation with Batterjee Medical College in Jeddah.
The cultural program of the Goethe-Institut Saudi Arabia promotes cultural exchange and dialogue. A particular focus is set on collaboration with local stakeholders, trying out new community-oriented formats, and fostering dialogue between Saudi Arabia and Germany in the fields of art, culture, and civil society.