“You’ve caught me in my life, the most worrying situation.”
this is the sound of the words from Anna Malzer, who is the director of the theatre Mungo Park in Allerød. One of the many cultural institutions, that in those days the brands, how coronakrisen in the degree to scrunch.
Mette Frederiksen, Denmark closed down from the 12. march, disappeared billetindtægterne from one day to the other on the country’s theatres, which had to close and cancel everything.
On Mungo Park has the shutdown so far 22 of canceled performances, which were otherwise sold out. All employees are sent home, and the actors are preparing over Skype.
Although using Anna Malzer all his waking time researching every possible hole, so she can save his theater.
“I have cut so many heels and toes next year already. But if I fire a human being, I have fired a key figure. It is not an option, then I can just as well shut down,” explains the theatre director.
She looks right now, how the hole in the box is getting bigger every day, and Anna Malzer does not know whether she and her colleagues can expect the help of the state.
None of the stimulus packages, the government has presented, have thus been directed towards the culture, and since the vast majority of theatres are partially publicly-funded, falls just the right type of business down between the two chairs.
“I understand that politicians have many balls in the air, but we will need to know what we are promised. Should I say stop and cancel the half because we cannot afford and must pay off a deficit the next four years?” asks Anna Malzer.
She hopes at the same time, you will recall that the Danish theatres far from wallowing in money.
“There is a myth that theatre is a very privileged industry, and it is, perhaps, because it is often privileged people who go to the theater. But on our last performance we were considering the whether or not we had the budget to buy a new shirt for a actor. It is who we are,” says Anna Malzer.
She is far from the only one in show business, there are missing answers in an uncertain time.
At the teatret Svalegangen in Aarhus, says theatre director Per Smedegaard, that the theatre already has lost the box office and other revenue for the half a million.
Should the current situation continue, it will, however, have even greater consequences.
“If we do not come in the time after easter, we can’t complete our next major project, and so we must close the rest of the year,” says Per Smedegaard, who in addition to his work as a theatre manager also is spokesman for the organization SceNet, which represents the 24 theatres in North and mid-Jutland.
On his theatre work now towards a big performance on FNs verdensmål. There is a raised support for 1.8 million dollars for the show, but continues forsamlingsforbuddet, watching the black-out, and Per Smedegaard don’t know if the money is wasted.
He demand also calls for clearer guidelines for what the arts can expect – or cannot expect – help.
At the Theatre Momentum in Odense, denmark am theatre director Marianne Klint over, that you did not work on a performance, when the theatre had to close.
Anyway, she has lost 180,000 in revenue since the shutdown. It may not sound like much, but it is for the small theatres, she points out.
“I will not pipe, but on the industry’s behalf, there is great concern. It’s that damn,” as she says.
“It is also the question, when the audience begins to return. I think it gets really bloody, it’s here, and I’m afraid on my colleagues ‘ behalf,” says Marianne Klint, which, in line with his colleagues of lack of clarity over the possibility of using.
In an era where Denmark and all over the world are in the midst of a major health crisis, it could be reasonable to ask whether the culture and theater at all is something we can afford to spend resources and energy on.
if you Ask Per Smedegaard, it has perhaps never been more important.
“How can it be, right now we gather and sing the morning song virtual? We need it, the art provides. We need to pull us together and have shared stories. Art is kernevelfærd and defines who we are. It creates our identity. It is a big misconception to think of it as whipped cream,” says the theatre director.
in Addition to theatre criticism has in recent days also been a widespread criticism of the minister of culture, Joy Mogensen, after she in an interview in the Telegraph called it ‘inappropriate’ to talk about the culture right now.
It has not been possible for B. T. to get an interview with the minister, but in a written response, informs her, that you are ready to look at solutions for show business.
“however, We are aware that there is a particular issue for theatres and other institutions that receive more than half of their funds from the public, and I am in the process of investigating, how many are in the situation, so that we can look at possible solutions for them.”
You can read the whole of the minister’s answer in the box below.