TOPIC refuses to have its own stable company. This is because we strive for a certain room for manoeuvre in our programme so that our doors are always open for productions and companies of different origin that make use of diverse techniques and offer alternative artistic conceptions. This will enrich our offer and afford opportunities for more artists.
TOPIC will offer its premises to those companies that would be interested in using temporarily a fully-equipped space where they will be able to carry out the process of production. This will be open to any company, and they will be provided with the proper infrastructure for the creation, assembly and rehearsal of their work.
Regarding dissemination, our project envisages potential coproduction agreements that encourage the creation, staging and dissemination of modern theatre, especially that of younger authors. We hope that this would help produce quality contemporary texts that are scarce at the moment, which is a situation that leads to puppeteers reaching for the classic fairy tales, ending up in many a version that does not satisfy the public and, at times, shows little respect for the original work.
We also look at the internet as a tool that allows us to make our activities and programmes available to as many people and educational, leisure and artistic collectives as possible. Equally, we reclaim more visibility for the puppet theatre in the media in order to attract the interest of critics.
Given that, as a centre, our principal target audience are children, TOPIC has developed an 18-week school campaign that will give children the chance to establish a deeper and fun contact with the art of puppetry thanks to activities like shows, talks with artists, museum visits, the creation of basic puppets or a tour of Tolosa’s old town. The school campaign will be complemented with family-friendly weekend shows, and others exclusively directed to adults.