ارتباط مجدد یک پروژه‌ی تجربی کاملاً مستقل است و هنرمند-محور، 

با هدف پژوهش و آموزش تخصصی در حوزه‌ی هنرهای اجرایی با تمرکز روی اجراهای دیجیتال. 

Re-connect Online Performance Festival is a joint project co-founded by NH theatre agency, Ctrl+Z Theater Group and Bohemi Theater Group in response to the global pandemic of Covid-19. This festival meant to bring artists from around the world together as an act of solidarity.
We initiated the festival to network and to bring joy to artists and their audience. The first edition of Reconnect Online Performance Festival took place between March 25-April 17, 2020 in 3 sections of Live Performances, Lectures and Panel Discussions.

The festival aims to bring artists from all around the world together as an act of solidarity.
This Festival is a nonprofit volunteer activity and an invitation to participate in a group to create an alternative space for artists.
During the 20 days of the festival, our program consisted of 20 Panel Discussions and 45 Performances featuring through Instagram Live Streaming (selected among 122 applications we received globally).
The International Curating board of the Festival included: Fariborz Karimi, Nima Dehghani, Sepehr Sharifzadeh, Meera Krishna & Lakshmi Venkataraman from Prakriti Foundation, India, Liu Xiaoyi of Emergency Stairs, Singapore and Erica McCalman of Art Oracle, Australia.

We hope that all together, with joining forces we could take a step in the interests of society, the arts, and the human connections.

 

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About the first edition

 

Re-connect festival is an online performance festival that was born in the time of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. We, as a group of young theatre artists whom our performances were directly impacted by the pandemic, decided to launch this festival as a way to remain active and stay connected with our artist friends and our colleagues during the quarantine days. We see this online event as a way to maintain the spirit of theatre which we believe is hope, unity, and discover new talents. We also believe theatre is something beyond religion, race, age, nationality, and… so we strongly think this event is an international one especially because of the same situation we are all stuck at. As the Corona-virus pandemic is a global situation, we decided to present performances through an online medium to protect all these meanings during these trying times and send a strong (also a theatrical) message of solidarity to the artistic world in lockdown.

We are aware that online performance is not a brand new idea but this festival was the first festival launched during the pandemic of COVID-19. The festival announced its existence in February. 

We chose Instagram as the festival's main platform and published an open call for all performance artists from around the world. The results fascinated us: 

122 artists sent us their work which was supposed to perform on Instagram’s live. The festival’s team chose 45 of the performances to perform at the festival. There were 9 international performances among them (from India, UK, Romania, US, Netherlands, Lebanon, and Germany). The other part of the festival was panel discussions and artist talks. The professionals in theatre studies were invited to have online debates or presentations about digital art, online performance, the impacts of the pandemic on performance art, and other related subjects. The number of these talks was 22 in English or Persian.

The number of audiences was between 30 to 370 in different live performances. 

The re-connect festival Instagram page has 6,687 followers right now and the most post engagement is 1364.

 

We want to keep this festival alive. We are holding live discussions and online workshops to keep engaging followers until the next edition of the festival.

 

 

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OPEN CALL for the 1st Reconnect Online Performance 

Festival 

 

A note to remember: 

"Our artists enlighten us, in these darkening times we need all the light we can get..."

We often hear this sentence in discussion panels. It is true that in dark times we need all the lights, but have we ever thought these lights also need something to burn on? 

These artists need a source of energy to keep enlightening our darkening times. 

Perhaps in the whole history of the past decades, we have never had to experience such a pandemic that restrict people from one of their very first needs: Connection 

To honor this need that many of us have lost during the past weeks due to coronavirus outbreak, we have decided to launch a festival of live digital performances. An online festival for all the artists to challenge their creativity, to come together on an online platform to "Re-Connect", to network and to bring joy to themselves and their audience.

This Festival is a nonprofit volunteer activity and an invitation to participate in a group to create an alternative space for artists. So any person or group who likes to and ables to join the executive team is welcome. Most importantly, we are inviting artists to send us their creative ideas for this festival, to perform here. 

Maybe if this festival was repeated in the following years, We would say to all that in February 2020, when the theaters were closed when the people were stuck at their homes when it was the Corona years, a group of artists came together through the internet and the festival started.

We hope that all together, with joining forces we could take a step in the interests of society, the arts, and the human connections. 

 

Ctrl+Z theater group, Bohemi theater group, NH theatre agency

 

Our Goals

 

  1. We have been involved in a global issue with the world, regardless of race, religion, age, or belief. Perhaps this is a good time to improve solidarity and exchange of knowledge and culture. Many artists and audiences have settled in their homes these days due to the spread of the strange Coronavirus. Now is the perfect time for artists to test their creativity to revitalize the regular theatergoers as well as to attract new online audiences; those in their quarantines, far or near, local or international, they all need good cultural nourishment.

 

  1. We all know that for the past few months, the people weren't feeling good. The annual festivals become ever more impersonal and less favorable to non-private art. It may be a good opportunity to practice providing a different context and to present the work of independent artists in a coherent way to the new media.

  2. There are not that many theaters, galleries, and performative spaces in other cities in Iran as there are in Tehran, hence many young people often get anti-cultural educations through the internet, free and in abundance. Whereas the Internet can be used to educate, entertain, and develop the public and to help improve the level of the audience's mindset.

  3. Digital, environmental and experiential performances have often been considered a byproduct of indoor festivals. At this festival, we strive to provide a unique space for this kind of performance and to dare the artists to challenge and to dare to be alternative than the mainstreams of these days.

  4. This virtual event is a great opportunity to discuss performances, theoretical topics, and concepts, and definitions of multimedia arts. Not only inside Iran but interacting with artists from around the world. Our effort is to have the festival held internationally and without borders to invite Iranian artists living abroad, as well as non-Iranian artists, to both online panels and performances in the first round.




 

Criteria and Instruction 

 

  • Performances should be designed for Instagram live feature, taking into account the features of this media.

  • Each performance can be performed by one or more performers. (In one space, or sharing live feed online - of course for health consideration In the current situation, the presence of artists in one space is not recommended. Ideally, reduce as much city transport as possible.

  • The use of classical texts or stage plays is permitted if the texts and performances are based on the online platform. The priority is with works written and designed solely for online performance.

  • The time limit for each performance is between 2 -15 minutes. (please feel free to reach us in case your performance really need more than 15 min)

 

Deadline and application form

Please find the application form in the link below.

Application Form

Deadline: 20 March 2020

 

How we do it

  • The festival has two pages of Instagram. Lobby (Homepage) for festival information, open call, promotional material including Posters, videos, and more. And the Main Stage(Hall), which will be private and only for performances, there will be no posts there. The password to the "Hall" will be given to each artist/group two hours before each run and will be changed after each performance.

  • Please indicate the audience’s suitability of each performance.

  • The PR department will cover promoting the materials for each group online and through our social media channels.

  • Please send us all your materials through google drive or wetransfer. 

  • After the festival, all performances will be broadcast on IGTV for those who did not watch the live performance. If your run is only for the live platform and you don't want to save it to the festival website and page make sure to inform the team of the festival in advance.

  • Regarding the moral/social codes of Iran, we need to watch a dress rehearsal of each performance before going live in which the artists would interview the curators first, talk about the show, and follow the rehearsal.

  • In case of using language in your performance, we would appreciate if you could send us a brief summary of the show in English in advance so we could share it with our audience.



 

***Important note to be considered***

 

Considering the current situation of Iran and the other countries, the first edition of the festival will be organized, program and execute pro bono. There will be no ticket to buy as well. 






 

Sincerely, 

 

Team of the 1st Re-connect online performance festival

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