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Devoted & Disgruntled 12: What Shall We Do About Theatre and the Performing Arts Now?

International Residencies. Why do them? What do people want from them?

Ruby Glaskin - 15 January 2017

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What do people want? Why do them?\
- The ability to travel and work
- Working in a situation without the constraints of day to day life
- Immersing yourself in a new experience
- Opportunity to learn new skills
- Opportunity to learn in a different context
- Opportunity to meet other artists from different places and share ideas
- Seeing a different perspective
- No distraction
- Cross polination

Questions about what residencies are about/should include/how they can be run
- Should there be a connection to the local community? Should this be organised by the residency programme? (thoughts on how this should be done - sharings, social, visiting places, networking events). Suggestion that the answer to this might be dependable on the length of residency
- What level of care should there be. Residencies where the artists are looked after (food cooked etc) can provide a working holiday. This helps freelancers justify the trip/time off. A kind of working holiday. Importance of pastoral care, there is a lack of this with residencies in the UK
- Cost? Should they cost? If so how much? Can you dod a spectrum where you charge people who have money and then subsidise those who don't. Important to keep costs low in make sure there is a diversity of artists accessing it.
- Suggestion for keeping costs low: Artists do one of week of residency and then 1 week of work that supports the next residency (cooking etc)
- Slung low maybe offer this type of exchange with regard to rehearsal space
- Some people rehearse abroad because it is cheaper than the UK and London!
- It's important that the residency is reciprical - what can the artist give back?
- Do you have to present work at the end? Are there other ways of sharing your practice?
- Can the residency start with a social with the local community - dinner/party
- Depending on how long the residency is it might have a different outcome
- Does there always have to be an emphasis on the environment? Agriculture - how important is this?

Places that offer residencies:
- The HopBarn - Package holidays with In Good Company
- The Owl Barn
- Winston Churchill memorial fund - for international learning
- Derida - Bulgaria/Spain
- The Place - every other summer

People who came: Kelli Desjarias, Chantal Guevara, Sarah Hoppersburger, Hannah Tookey

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