We believe that elaboration and share of ideas are essential for the dynamics of the professional field of culture.
We want to promote the knowledge gained through professional practices, the approaches designed by professionals themselves, the cross-paths between disciplines, and the shifts from one field to another.
These precious moments of exchanges, encounters, study, and reflections within a team or a group are all the more important that they are fruitful on the long term.
This activities are developed according two forms:
We are regularly commissioned to do research and / or to produce publications on related issue such as cooperation in Europe, Team management, life long learning in the field of contemporary performing arts
In each of these occasions, we are keen to highlight professional practices innovations coming from the ground, bottom-up thoughts .. We often work with interviews.
« Training and exchange of knowledge » Identifying training initiatives in the field of performing arts in South-East Europe
Carried out by Albane Guinet-Ahrens, La Belle Ouvrage for the Institut Français/ TEATROSKOP Programme 2015-2016.
Launched in 2012 by the Institut Français, the TEATROSKOP programme (platform for the performing arts in South-East Europe) has endeavoured to initiate, renew and boost exchanges between France and 13 countries in the region in the fields of theatre, dance, circus and street arts and puppetry. The first necessary step has been the mapping of potential partners for French artists and professionals: festivals, receiving houses, theatres and companies established in one of the countries of the programme: Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Hungary and Turkey.
Over the last years, TEATROSKOP has endeavoured to collect and share information, to initiate and foster encounters, to support the mobility of professionals and accompany some of these innovative projects. The questions of the sharing of knowledge, of training and capacity building in the field also quickly came to the fore as major challenges for the region.”
On the demand of TEATROSKOP – Institut Français, we carried on this initial collection of initiatives, practices and interviews, about what’s going on in the Region in the field of education, training for the performing arts. In this document, you will find interviews of KELLY DIAPOULI (Greece), MATE GASPAR (Hungary), MILENA DRACEVIC SESIC (Belgrade), TAMARA BRACIC VIDMAR (Slovenia) and ANNE BAUTZ (France), that give insight about education and training issues in this Region, as well as 16 examples of training or educational poposals.
This document strives to put these in context and to sketch some of the possible routes for further developments. It features ideas for potential partnerships as well as providing contact details. The interviews and the examples of exisiting projects featured in this document can be a source of motivation and lead to future contacts and projects amongst cultural actors within this large region of Europe in which TEATROSKOP operates.
Teatroskop - training, education and exchange of knowledge
Everyday innovators – developing innovative work organisation practices in the cultural sector in Europe – 2012
An IETM publication – Researched and edited by La Belle Ouvrage
We have been asked by the IETM team to research around work organisations models in our sector. We have been working closely with IETM, organising a call for contributions.
By providing these accounts, we would like to contribute to encouraging people involved in the cultural sector to seize upon the vast issue of work, and more particularly of working together, and turn it into an area of experimentation in which they can translate the core values of their day- to-day activities into the artistic and cultural projects they oversee.
Working groups, debates
We are regularly commissioned to imagine and/or run working groups, debates, and conferences, for example:
– To start this reflection on sustainable development and culture, we designed and ran a day of discussions for around 20 participants, consisting of local politicians and technicians, festival organisers, production administrators, venues administrators – to better understand each other’s notions of the concept of sustainable development, and highlight obstacles, needs and ideas.
– To work on a new policy in favour of contemporary dance, we helped to design approach and organisations for working groups followed by a national conference.
We are also regularly asked to participate in meetings and conferences.
Through various mediums, we support professionals from different backgrounds, for a close-up examination of their professional issues. This leads us to elaborate reflections on the evolution of professional practices and issues involving people working in this field.
« Approaches and practices of performing arts production houses in Paris region » (Démarches et pratiques des bureaux de production de spectacle vivant en Île-de-France)
In 2006, La Belle Ouvrage was asked by 6 production houses (Bureau Cassiopée, Et bientôt…, Lelabo, Les Productions de la Seine, Minijy, Scènes de cirque) to coordinate a participative study on production houses, in partnership with ARCADI, Centre National du Théâtre and ONDA.
The study involved 22 production houses based in that region between 2006 and 2008. The full document includes 150 pages, including a 10-page section on the « Description of a production house’s core shells ». A 26-page summary is available in french.
Download the abstract (French only)
Download the abstract (French only)