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May. 10, 2013
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IETM Spring Plenary Meeting held in Dublin (Apr. 11 – 14, 2013)
The International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM) in an international network and membership organization based in Belgium dedicated to the development of contemporary performing arts. Each spring and autumn the organization holds plenary meetings on a rotating basis around cities of Europe. In April 2013 the Spring Plenary Meeting was held in Dublin, Ireland. Over a three-year series of plenary meetings IETM has been exploring themes linking the arts with contemporary society: Ownership, collaboration, participation in political life, rights, ideas and ideals, and for this year’s meetings the theme is Trust. It posed the questions of how do citizens trust those in authority amid Europe’s continued change, whether it is due to recession, austerity cuts or the rise of fascism, and how do artists, curators, producers and cultural workers trust one another and the structures built to support our work? The meeting’s four-day agenda consisted of the Artistic Program presenting performances of works, the Working Sessions and the Networking Program.
For the Dublin meeting, the artistic director of Dublin’s Project Arts Center, Cian O’Brien, was in charge of the Artistic Program with its lineup of works by representative Irish artists. It included: the Pan Pan Theatre installation/performance All That Fall based on Samuel Beckett’s radio drama; the play Have I No Mouth performed by the company Brokentalkers’ director Feidlim Cannon, his mother Ann Cannon and their psychotherapist Erich Keller, telling the story of tragic events in Feidlim’s family; Richard Dormer’s Drum Belly in a production by Abbey Theatre, known as Great Britain’s first national theatre; the Liz Roche Company dance piece Fast Portraits inspired by the work of video artist Bill Viola; choreographer John Scott’s duo piece Body Duet; site-specific projects Dublin’s fare city and Am I Rambling curated by Dublin Fringe Festival; and visual artist Michelle Browne’s performance work Between you, me and the four walls / Spectral (my lake of eggs).
Working sessions included discussions and presentations of the subjects of “Creative Europe and Audiences,” “Music Theatre Network,” “How to trust and be trusted,” “Are the Performing Arts Driving Us Mad?” “Arts under the economy” and others. There were also discussions on IETM’s next 3-year management plan to go into effect from 2014. The full agenda also included network programs such as Speed Dating and the Mentoring programs, workshops and other related programs.

The Exodus Festival is a performing arts festival held in the spring in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia in Central Europe. The festival was held annually from 1995 and in 2011 it was changed to a biennial schedule. Among the past artistic directors have been Jan Fabre and Dave St-Pierre, and for the 2013 holding the artistic director was Forced Entertainment’s Tim Etchells. The festival is organized by the Exodus Institute. The main venues are one of Slovenia’s largest arts facilities, Cankarjev dom and others.
+International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM)