Cracow Theatrical Reminiscences
Baltic Circle
Homo Novus/Homo Alibi
Divadelna Nitra
4+4 Days in Motion
FIT program 2005-2006
Mobile Lab for Theatre and Communication
With an enlarged network now involving ten festivals, from 2007 FIT embarks on a new project - a MOBILE LAB for Theatre and Communication.
Ten European festivals focusing on contemporary theatre creation have come together to create a travelling laboratory to explore, develop and test drive innovative practices of discourse, critical writing and communication between artists, programmers and audiences in response to contemporary performance. Through carefully developed artistic programmes, public discussions, collaborations with the media and Mobile Lab workshop programmes for young theatre critics and writers, the project aims to facilitate a deeper and more wide ranging communication around contemporary art to a wider audience.

We face the fact that much of contemporary art, and more specifically contemporary theatre and performance is not regarded as part of the public discourse within European and local cultures. On the one hand, the audience often has preconceptions about the elitist character of contemporary theatre and is afraid of "not understanding anything". On the other hand, there is a paucity of language to engage with and communicate a contemporary theatre practice to a wider audience because journalists and theatre critics do not have the tools and are frequently unable to follow and adapt to the fast development of new theatre forms. This project proposes that given the theatre is a communicative art form it contains the possibilities to re-enforce a dialogue between artists, programmers and audiences in response to contemporary artistic expression and the complex world in which we live.

The objectives of this initiative are:

• to promote the creation of contemporary performance with a special focus on the communicative aspect of theatre
• to search for the tools to re-enforce a bridge of understanding and dialogue between artists and audiences
• to encourage a wider discussion on contemporary performing arts and their discursive potential, creating a space for critical reflection from the audience
• to develop a new generation of skilled journalists and theatre critics who can engage with the language of contemporary performance and are internationally competent
• to activate the involvement of local and national media in reflecting performing arts and reinstalling contemporary art in the public discourse.

The festivals of the FIT network:

SPIELART Munich, Germany
Crakow Theatre Reminiscences, Poland
Baltic Circle, Helsinki, Finland
LIFT, London, Great Britain
Baltoscandal, Rakvere, Estonia
Homo Alibi and Homo Novus, Riga, Latvia
Divadelna Nitra, Slovakia
4+4 Days in Motion, Prague, Czech Republic
Sirenos, Vilnius, Lithuania
Exodos, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Mobile Lab schedule
Mobile Lab texts
Media partners