1st Edition

Independent Performing Arts in Europe Establishment and Survival of an Emerging Field

By Thomas Fabian Eder Copyright 2023
    174 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This structural account of independent performing arts in Europe is complimented by an analysis of the challenging social situation within the field.

    This book presents a neo-institutional examination of the organizational field including its routines, scripts, and expectations which provides a contribution to theatre studies, labour studies, and to social and cultural policy studies as well as valuable context for current advocacy and governance. This study offers knowledge based on empirical data and thus a foundation that is equally important for scholarly discourse, cross-national learning, and scientifically based recommendations for action to administration, the cultural policy level, and associations alike. The book examines the independent performing arts communities in Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.


    List of acronyms and abbreviations


    Chapter 1: Institutional Change between Structural Barriers and Agency

    Chapter 2: Design and Implementation of a Mixed Methods Strategy

    Chapter 3: Exploring the Independent Performing Arts in Europe

    Chapter 4: The Future from Here

    Appendix 1

    Appendix 2

    Appendix 3

    Appendix 4

    Appendix 5

    Appendix 6



    Thomas Fabian Eder is a postdoctoral research fellow at the DFG research group Configurations of Crisis (DFG-Forschungsgruppe Krisengefüge der Künste), School of Arts, Theatre Studies Institute at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich.

    ''This book constitutes an impressive piece of original research, using methods which are unusual in the field of theatre studies. It examines in remarkable empirical detail a whole range of questions regarding income, social security, and governance of the independent performing arts in Europe. It will become a benchmark for future research.'' Professor Christopher Balme, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany

    ''This is the first comprehensive and comparative study into the independent performing arts in Europe. The book is pathbreaking in its empirical richness and institutional analysis. I highly recommend it to all practitioners and scholars who seek to gain a deeper understanding of current field dynamics in the performing arts.'' Professor Axel Haunschild, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany