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The performing arts have always been connected to traveling. Whether it be touring productions or cruise ships, being employed by foreign theaters or training abroad, most professionals are used to packing their suitcases on a regular basis. As a result, many stage productions encompass a wide range of cultures from all over the world.
However, cultural diversity is not only based on people’s provenance. Even among members from the same region, we can find groupings sharing the same languages, dress codes, norms, and values. Cultural facets appear just as much within working departments. To allow a fruitful exchange between these social circles, we need to consider the possible cultures of dancers, technicians, or directors.
A shared language
In this chapter, we elaborate on how a multicultural work setting affects our communication. We learn about the advantages and difficulties diversity carries along and how dealing with culture shocks can support our creativity. Establishing a mutual language within the team leads us to generating a common working culture.
- Avoid daily culture shocks
- Understand your partners’ differences and similarities
- channel the given diversity towards the production
- establish a common (work-)language
- Develop a unique culture within your team
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