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CHRIS BALDWINperformance director, curator and writer

Chris Baldwin

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Chris Baldwin is known widely for Teatro de Creacion (TdC) and citizen-centred dramaturgy - approaches to making large scale performances designed for a place, about that place and made in deep collaboration with the people of that place. Chris was Artistic Director of big events for Kaunas2022 (European Capital of Culture, Lithuania), was Creative Director of Galway2020 (European Capital of Culture, Ireland) and previously Curator of Interdisciplinary Performance for Wroclaw2016 (European Capital of Culture, Poland). He was Cultural Coordinator for Piran4Istria2025 (Slovenia) in its recent shortlisted bid for the ECoC title. He directed two large scale performances as part of the 2012 London Olympics. Full details about his work you can find in the Projects section.

Chris Baldwin is an advisor to cities and rural spaces wishing to develop their cultural policies - in particular within a European context (European Capitals of Culture). He is mamanger and artistic director of CCD Productions.

His PhD was awarded by the University of Kent. His articles, books and plays have been published in various languages and his new book on citizen-centred dramaturgy is due out in 2022 (Routledge). He regularly teaches and speaks at universities across Europe.

Chris is also a permaculture designer.


Teatro de Creación and Citizen Centred Dramaturgy

The working methods associated with Chris Baldwin’s productions are called Teatro de Creación and Citizen Centred Dramaturgy. Productions are both site and time-specific and designed to be of that place, its history and problems and its relationship with local people. The productions are usually for and made with the people of that place and are not readily transferable. This approach to making performances abandons concepts such as 'professional' and 'amateur' although professional and non-professional involvement in the process of performance-making is present. The perspectives and stories of people with close attachment to places and spaces determine their importance to the project.

Poetry of space resonates with those who have the need to tell.