Winterschool RITCS, Brussels


Winterschool RITCS Brussels


The RITCS Winterschool is an interdisciplinary research module of two and a half weeks focusing on a specific theme. The participants are given the opportunity to intensively participate in this module which is all about practice-oriented artistic research that is directly connected to the present-day challenges of our society, our art and the very idea of craftsmanship. The RITCS Winterschool is a collective bath concerning a mutual content, in which students work with artists and students from outside their own school. Its program consists of a preparatory seminar with lectures, films, documentaries and other possible interventions and three parallel workshops of two weeks in which the participants work, discuss and eat together. The participants from different groups meet in the evenings. The two weeks are concluded by a festive presentation in which the results of the three different workshops are made public. A curator takes the lead in the conception and the program. For this edition, artistic director and theatre maker Airan Berg was invited to set up a program around a central theme. This resulted in an elaborated program around the notion of Radical Animation in which the relation is examined between art and participation.


Radical Animation Is ther ART in pARTicipation? The Anima – the Soul is at the core of an artistic creation.

The role of animation in the (performing) arts is a central one. By entering the masks and puppets Bali masked dancers (Wayang Topeng) and Shadow Puppeteers (Wayang Kulit) animate the spirits of the ancestors and bring them back to life. Actors give life to characters on stages and in film. Animators by and or with computer animate millions of images to create movement in cartoons. And artists involved with participatory projects animate small or large scale processes and the people involved in them. In Radical Animation we will investigate different forms of animation, from shadow puppetry (probably the oldest form of theatre) to video and new media and the animation of participatory processes. We will examine interactivity and the redefinition of artist-public relationships as well as the notion of empowerment and human / community development. We will also explore the ongoing debates between art and society and analyze concepts of contemporary democracy, and how can art address them? What are the social and artistic values of participatory authorship? What are the aesthetic limits of such projects? What roles do inclusion and accessibility play in our aesthetic and communicative decision? And indeed, is there ART in pARTicipation? Is participation a fashion? Does it have artistic and/or social value?


The workshops 14-15 January 2017 Scott Smith and Natalie Kane: Animating the future

“What could a future designed by people look, sound or feel like? With all of the change going on in Europe and the world, what it means to belong, to migrate, to be part of a culture or cultures is being redefined. This workshop will ask what it means to think about and build futures, provide simple tools to make sense of future themes, and animate them into scenarios, stories and experiences that enable participants to share visions of new futures. Workshop participants’owned sketched visions will be combined with weak signals and hints of tomorrow gathered from the community to tell radically different stories of what might be.”


Martina Winkel: Shadow Puppetry Shadoe puppetry is considered to be the oldest form of theatre in the world. With its roots in Asia it has travelled into the Middle East and to Europe. Depending on the culture in which it is practiced shadow puppetry can be dance like and full of grace, as well as rough and cartoon like. The workshop will focus on the creation of shadow puppets and simple techniques of animation and narrative/dialogue creation, as well as the employment of the form in different story telling formats. The new skills will then be employed in a dialogue with people from different communities.


Chris Baldwin: Teatro de Creación

In this workshop, Chris Baldwin explores the way we can make performance and theatre using place and the stories associated with that place as a starting point – rather than a pre-existing script. In these sessions, he also integrates the techniques for participation called arts market and cultural bartering and collaborative practice based on listening and responding.

Dramaturgical concept: Karel Vanhaesebrouck
Artistic coordination: Karel Vanhaesebrouck
Partners: all 8 partners have participated (Total 10 persons in 4 groups + 50 of the RITCS)

More information about RITCS winterschool can be read here.


– to defy young professionals of different art programs to leave their personal comfort zone, to discover possibilities beyond one’s own craft and to take pleasure in hand-on interdisciplinary research.
– to learn from experienced artistic researchers sq. artist with an outspoken interdisciplinary profiles
– to get acquainted with existing artistic research methods and to exchange methods
– to learn from each other
–to apply these newly discovered methods to concrete, personal projects.

photo by Marc Vandermeulen

©2015 Platform European Theatre Academies | Supported by Europese Unie - Programma Creative Europe 2014-2020

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