IOTF 2023: International Online Theatre Festival will launch April 17 – 30. Now in its fourth edition, IOTF 2023 will feature 39 shows from 23 countries, across all six continents, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Croatia, Finland, Greece, India, Iran, Japan, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, the UK, and the US.
Their range of artistic approaches and social concerns is astounding. We encourage audiences to journey freely through their worlds and worldviews.
Among the many shows, highlights include productions of The Penelope, by Margaret Atwood, Other People , by Dorota Masłowska, and A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction, by Miranda Rose Hall. Well-known theatre companies include Arlekin Players, Greenpig, La Phármaco, The Royal Court Theatre, The Workshop Theatre, Hotel Europa, ProEnglish Theatre, Theatre Barakah, Paroxa, The Center for Less Good Idea, and NTGent.
This year’s festival theme, Theatre and Its Others, honors the human, animal, and machine interdependencies of theatre practices and tests cultural, social, political, and economic acts of “Othering.” A contemporary moment marked by wars, health crises, and ecological collapse calls us to care for our shared materiality and environments. This year’s festival strives to showcase the alterities and the marginalized. Building on our ethos of pluralism and decolonization, IOTF’s shared curatorship across the network of The Theatre Times Regional Editors fosters a greater representation of the wealth of global theatre practices.
Thanks to this group of global curators and international artists, who present their work pro bono, IOTF 2023 is able to offer high-quality theatre performances to groups typically excluded from theatre experience: the disabled, the elderly, the clinically vulnerable, the homebound, the culturally and economically marginalized, and the geographically distant.
In addition, IOTF 2023 worked with the European Theater Convention to bring to online audiences five STAGES productions from theaters around the world of Miranda Rose Hall’s A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction (2020). First staged by the British director Katie Mitchell at Théâtre Vidy Lausanne in Switzerland, the production has been taken on as an experiment in sustainable touring by theaters in Belgium, Croatia, Italy, Denmark, and Taiwan.
STAGES (Sustainable Theatre Alliance for a Green Environmental Shift) is an ambitious theatre experiment aiming to challenge how the cultural sector interacts with the concept of sustainability. Fourteen influential theatre organizations, including a leading European theatre network, a theatre partner from Asia, and partners in academia, have joined together with director Katie Mitchell and choreographer Jérôme Bel – two artists renowned for embedding sustainability in their work – to test radical solutions to the biggest challenges posed by the climate crisis.
All productions are free to watch, wherever in the world you are.
IOTF 2023 will be launched online from April 17th through April 30th, 2023. Audiences will be able to access the shows via the festival page at:
IOTF will also offer a series of talks and online events related to the screenings, including panels and post-show talkbacks with the artists. Through a range of auxiliary events, we’re aiming to contextualize local works nested within particular cultures for a global, international audience.
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IOTF: International Online Theatre Festival is a yearly event streaming international theatre shows. So far, IOTF presented over one hundred shows. In total, over 1 million people have participated in the past three editions.
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