New Tides Platform

An independent organisation based in Bristol, exploring and encouraging cross-cultural exchanges and dialogue within contemporary performing arts.

New Tides Platform is an independent organisation established in 2015, exploring and encouraging cross-cultural exchanges and dialogue within contemporary performing arts. We aim to map and assess theatrical, literary and cultural crossings in theatre and creative writing through research, public events and outreach programmes.

New Tides Platform wishes to function as an interface between scholarly research and the creative sector. As a collaborative venture we are working together with universities and research centres, theatres and theatre-makers, creative/ art organisations as well as journals and publishers.

As facilitators of cultural projects and initiators of new research, we provide a forum for encounters, debates and interchanges, connecting academic research, contemporary theatre-making and communities of thinkers, makers and spectators.

Working as an outreach platform, we develop local, national and international collaborations and networks that are responsive to social and cultural changes within and outside contemporary theatre practices.

// Activities //

We are currently working on a series of events as well as pursuing our own research exploring new modes of creative encounters in theatre, spanning across a range of theatrical and cultural contexts.

Our first collaborative project entitled Redefining Theatre Communities. Community Perspectives in Contemporary Theatre-making, took place in September 2015. This international symposium was co-organised with the Department of Theatre Studies at the University of Malta



Redefining Theatre Communities. Community Perspectives in Contemporary Theatre-making

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Our first international project in collaboration with the University of Malta’s Department of Theatre Studies took place in Gozo in mid-September 2015. The three-day conference entitled ‘Redefining Theatre Communities. Community Perspectives in Contemporary Theatre-making’ introduced and discussed a whole array of perspectives on the changing relationship between contemporary theatre and communities.rnrnParticipants from around twenty countries were involved in this event, mapping new approaches and shifts in the theatrical environment on an international level. Aesthetic, social, cultural and political aspects of community-conscious theatre practices were discussed in a variety of formats. Academic papers, practical workshops and practice-led talks were equally present at the conference. The conscious decision to invite scholars and researchers as well as theatre directors, actors, dramaturgs and cultural managers proved to be a constructive one. Participants gained insight on emerging theatrical projects and transnational initiatives with strong social and community engagement, and also had the chance to experience new modes of community building and devising in practice via workshops.rnrnAcademic presentations addressed and contextualized topics such as temporary communities, spaces and politics of community engagement, translocal communities in theatre and performance, formation of new theatre communities and new forms of spectatorship. Established and early-career researchers from divers cultural backgrounds shared their current projects and discussed ideas of mutual interest. Lively debates were an important part of the programme and it often continued beyond the formal settings.rnrnOne of the main outcomes of this project is the establishment of an international network, bringing together academics and theatre practitioners from around the world expanding our understanding on contemporary theatre making and communities. An edited collection of essays is also planned to be published later.

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