Global Changes – Local Stages

How Theatre Functions in Smaller European Countries

Volume Editors: Hans van Maanen, Andreas Kotte, and Anneli Saro
Global Changes - Local Stages investigates the relationships between what happened the last twenty years on the ‘world stage’ and how theatre life developed on the local level.
The subject has been approached from three different angles, each covered by one part of the book: “The Effects of Social Changes on Theatre Fields”, “Values in Theatre Politics” and “Localization of Theatrical Values”. The group of authors tries to find the links between these three areas.
The book profits from the fact that the authors come from two sides of the former ‘Wall’. Twenty years after its fall, the transitional processes in countries of the former ‘Eastern Bloc’ can be compared, not only mutually, but also with the changes in the Western part of Europe.
With its 537 pages Global Changes - Local Stages is the most extensive research of the possible relationships between cultural change, theatre politics and theatre life in smaller European countries.

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Since 2005 the International Research Group STEP (Project on European Theatre Systems) investigates the question of how theatre systems condition the functioning of theatre in different countries. The members of the group work at universities in such different cultural regions as Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, The Netherlands, Slovenia and Switzerland. With Global Changes – Local Stages STEP exposes a structure of the research field and lays the foundations for following, more detailed studies.
Editors’ Preface
About the Contributors
Part 1: The Effect of Social Changes on Theatre Fields
Anneli Saro: Introduction
S.E.Wilmer: National Theatres and the Construction of Identity in Smaller European Countries
Anneli Saro: The Interaction of Theatre and Society: The Example of Estonia
Barbara Sušec Michieli: Between Inertia and Cultural Terrorism: Slovenian Theatre in Times of Crisis and Change
Zsófia Lelke: Changes in the Hungarian Theatre System
Kristel Pappel: National Identity Embedded in an International Art Form: The Role of Opera in Estonian Culture
Áine Sheil and Joshua Edelman: Internationalization and the Irish State’s Relationship with Theatre and Opera
Part 2: Values in Theatre Politics
Hans van Maanen: Introduction
Louise Ejgod Hansen: Artistic Diversity as a Political Objective
Ott Karulin: Becoming a Performing Arts Institution in Estonia
Joshua Edelman: Arts Planning in the Irish Theatre: A Cautionary Tale
Quirijn Lennert van den Hoogen: Functioning of the Performing Arts in Urban Society: Political Views on Artistic Experience
Mathias Bremgartner: Artist or Manager: Who Should Lead the Swiss City Theatres?
Part 3: Localization of Theatrical Values
Andreas Kotte: Introduction
Andreas Kotte: Theatre and the Discourse on Subsidization
Pia Strickler: From Review to Preview: A Process of Rationalization in Mediating Theatre?
Attila Szabó: Changing Frames of Social Spaces on the Hungarian Stage
Maja Šorli: The Internationalization of Slovenian National Theatre Between 1989 and 1996: The Seven Years of Pandur Theatre
Marlieke Wilders: How Theatre Buildings Condition the Realization of Values for Local Audiences
Hans van Maanen: How Theatrical Events Determine Theatre’s Functioning in Society
Quirijn Lennert van den Hoogen and Marlieke Wilders: STEP on Stage: Studying Theatre Systems in Glocal Contexts