There are two questions posed by researcher Ben Spatz that have been inspiring our moves as a parliament.

-What does it mean to “consider politics of embodied practice as distinct from those of representation and spectacle?” (Spatz 2015: 7)

– “What if the politics of performance training are not limited to how we prepare young performers for the stage, but intersect directly with other kinds of embodied pedagogies by revealing and foreclosing possible avenues of everyday practice? Could this not suggest a very different understanding of how performance arts embodies politics?” (Spatz 2015: 7).

The Parliament of Practices

The Parliament of Practices is an international network of theatre artists and researchers, forming an ecology of personal researches and practices. The Parliament breaks through professional boundaries, fragmentation and isolation and creates an ongoing dialogue on theatrical practice and research. It provides the opportunity for sharing, exchange and knowledge creation that is based on personal practices and lineages.

Central to the Parliament is the idea of ‘speaking from the practice’. Practice is the anchor of the Parliament, that grounds it in direct and embodied knowledge that comes from doing. It resonates with a particular genealogy of theatre laboratory, research and third theatre. From this anchor the Parliament can also connect and extrapolate to other levels of social organisation, civic life and society at large.

The activities designed under this umbrella include Parliament meetings, Cross Pollination workshops, a masters module for academic students (in preparation), the Festival of Work and the Living Book project.

The first Parliament meeting
was held on February 3, 2020 at the Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium in Holstebro, Denmark. This first meeting of the Parliament was attended by 25 people from the circles around NTL / Odin Teatret. The group had ten different nationalities, a wide range of ages and professional experiences, both from theatrical arts and academia (sometimes combining both).
read more about the meeting

For more information contact us at:
Adriana La Selva (Belgium):
Marije Nie (Netherlands / Denmark):