Vol. 6 No. 2 :: Fall 2004 / Winter 2005
Vol. 6 No. 2 :: Fall 2004 / Winter 2005
Our IUTA is ten years old: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
On 15 October last year, a number of us exchanged e-mails to wish a happy birthday to… the IUTA! As the news was kept just a little too quiet, even amongst ourselves, we’d like to take this opportunity to give it pride of place in the opening lines of this issue of our newsletter.
That’s right, our association is already ten years old. On 15 October 1994, the AITU-IUTA was voted into existence by the Inaugural General Meeting at our first Congress, held in Liège , Belgium . Not that we didn’t have our share of disagreements and dissension: “What’s the point of an international association? Who needs it? Do we? We’ve managed until now without an association. Etc…” The whole issue remains up for discussion.
This newsletter is not the place to take stock of our first ten years. Simply put, the IUTA is still here: we ’re still here! With the emphasis on that collective “we” – which allows us now and in the future to meet our challenges and manage with meagre, almost non-existent, resources. Made possible by the commitment of all concerned – which today is more crucial than ever.
Long may we work together and collaborate as a team! And it’s already time to start preparations for our 6th Congress!
6th IUTA WORLD CONGRESS
The International University Theatre Association (IUTA) is in process of preparing its Sixth World Congress. Originally planned for November 2005 in Puebla , Mexico , the Congress was postponed to spring 2006. However, a number of difficulties have delayed the official announcement of the finalized date and place. While the Executive Committee is still prepared to approve an alternative solution, preferably in Latin America , if so requested by our Mexican colleagues, it now seems clear that IUTA’s Sixth World Congress will not take place, as planned and hoped, in a Latin American country. Nonetheless, IUTA will do its best to ensure that its Seventh World Congress will take place in Latin America .
As soon as it has news of any further developments concerning the next World Congress, the IUTA Executive Committee will let all members know both by e-mail and on the IUTA Web site.
“LIVES AND DEATHS OF COLLECTIVE VREATION”
IUTA’s second international symposium, “The Lives and Deaths of Happening Theatre,” will take place in April 2006 in Cracow , Poland .
In March 2004, the IUTA held its first international symposium on happening theatre at the University of Cologne in Germany during the Theaterszene Europa – Kölner Universitäts – Theater Woche festival (see following report). Based on this success, the symposium’s organizing committee and its participants have decided to continue working and interacting together and are inviting colleagues interested in this subject to join them for a second international symposium on the same theme during the Reminiscences international festival, to be held in Cracow, Poland, in April 2005.
A first call for papers will be launched in June 2005.
Contact: Jean-Marc Larrue and Christiane Page
IUTA MEMBER FESTIVALS
Liege, Belgium, 21-27 February:
22nd Rencontres Internationales de Théâtre Universitaire de Liège – RITU 22 [22nd Liège international symposium on university theatre]
On the program: Performances, daily workshops, roundtables and open discussions.
Participating troupes from:
South Africa, Algeria, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Greece, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, United States, Quebec and Belgium;
- and observers from Estonia , Italy , Poland , Burkina Faso , Argentina , Croatia , Slovakia , Senegal and Sweden .
IUTA’s Executive Committee will be in attendance and hold its statutory meeting on Saturday, 26 February 2005 .
CONTACT : Théâtre Universitaire Royal Liègois Director: Prof. Robert Germany, University of Liège , Bldg. A 4, Quai Roosevelt 1b B 4000 LIEGE Tel.: +32 (0)4 366 53 78
Fax: +32 (0) 4 366 56 72
Web site: http://www.ulg .ac.be/turlg
Cologne , Germany , 5-12 March:
Turco-German Festival –
“Theaterszene Europa -Kölner Universitäts-Theater Woche.”
Participants to include a dozen Turkish and German troupes.
The Europa Theatre Stage / University of Cologne Theatre Week was founded in 1982 with the goal of bringing together a number of theatre troupes from across Germany at a single event. The project was thus originally only national in scope. Then, in 1987, the University of Cologne ’s Studiobühne took over the event and made it what it is today. Every year an equal number of German troupes and troupes from another country – a different one is chosen for each event – come together to celebrate and portray the theatrical culture of the guest country. In that spirit, from 5 to 12 March, 12 theatre groups from Germany and Turkey will present their productions, discuss them, and organize workshops and forums intended to familiarize Cologne ’s audiences with the riches of Turkish theatre.
The event is organized by Studiobühne.
CONTACT : Studiobühne c/o Georg Franke & Dietmar Kobboldt, Universität, D-50923 Cologne
Tel.: +49-221 -470 4513
Fax: +49-221 - 470 5150
Web site: http://www.studiobuehne-koeln.de
Zagreb , Croatia , 7-12 March 2005: TEST!6 – International festival of university theatre and independent theatre
This festival is an annual event that stretches over an entire week and serves as a launchpad for theatre productions by students. The festival is designed to support and encourage creativity amongst young artists, in addition to boosting development of a collaborative network amongst student theatre groups from Europe and the rest of the world.
In parallel with the main festival event, which hosts groups from Croatia and abroad, the festival organizes workshops, lectures and roundtables.
CONTACT : Test! Teatar studentima, Hermanova 13 H, 10020 Zagreb , Croatia
Tel.: (+385) 1 655 48 40, 98 189 1589
Fax: (+385) 1 459 36 68
Web site: http://www.test.hr
Valleyfield College , Quebec , 21-26 April 2005: 9th edition of the Fêtes théâtrales du Suroît - Volet international
[Suroît theatre forum – international session]
The festival is a multilingual and multidisciplinary get-together, mixing performance, dance, theatre and multimedia. The international section is open to university and post-secondary college troupes, as well as young professional artists. It hosts about 20 troupes, comprising 200 to 250 participants from Canada and the rest of the world. Each group presents in its own language.
Training is an essential element of the festival and is offered through workshops, discussion groups and other sessions.
On the program: On average, 20 productions, 200 to 250 participants, three professionally equipped stages (small studio, 880-seat hall, approx. 4,500 spectators).
CONTACT : Jean-Marc Larrue, Theatre Section Valleyfield College , 169 Champlain, Valleyfield , Quebec J6T 1X6
Tel.: 1-450-373-9441, ext. 211
Compiègne , France , 29 May to 6 June: FESTUPIC
The Festival de Théâtre Universitaire de Picardie [university theatre festival of Picardy ] is organized by students from the Compiègne Technical University . This year, it celebrates its 12th edition. On the program:
theatre, improv, circus, street theatre, juggling, fire-eating, clowns, music, brass bands, etc.
On stage and in the street, FESTUPIC takes over the town of Compiègne (in the Oise ) for an entire week!!!
If you’d like to take part and show off your material and your talents, just send us an application form, which you will find on the FESTUPIC Web site ( http://www.festupic.fr.st), or simply send in a request.
OTHER UNIVERSITY THEATRE FESTIVALS
Giessen, Germany, 18-23 October 2005: DISKURS , 21st edition
Diskurs is a festival devoted to the art of Europe ’s pioneering generation based on the performing arts and organized by students of the Giessen Institute for Applied Theatrical Studies. Diskurs welcomes many varieties of theatre, dance, performance, installation, music, literature, film and video.
Diskurs encourages impassioned exchanges among participants and tries to bring out links between different artistic disciplines, as well as common ground in both theoretical and practical approaches.
Deadline for applications: 12 April 2005 .
CONTACT : Diskurs 05, Kunstrasen giessen e.V., Postfach 11 06 25, D-35351 Giessen
Tel: 0049/641- 9931 248.
Web site: http://www.diskursfestival.de
Teheran , Iran , February 2005:
The 18th International festival of drama universities of Iran has been announced.
On the program: performances, street theatre, photo exhibits, scientific and research activities.
CONTACT : Iran ’s international festival of Drama universities No.8, Balavar alley, Vali asr Crossroad, Enghelab Ave , Teheran , Iran
Tel: +98 21 648 27 31-32
Fax: +98 21 648 27 31
THE HISTORY OF UNIVERSITY THEATRE: A PROJECT OF UNIVERSITY OF URBINO’s TEATRO AENIGMA
The Teatro Aenigma of the University of Urbino launched this project, a written history of university theatre, in 2004, under the auspices of the IUTA. The first piece of work on this initiative was presented on 22 November 2004, when Maria Bonilla, of the University of Costa Rica, gave a lecture entitled “Mission and vocation in university theatre: the case of Costa Rica.” The next stage of the program is a piece of research on university theatre in Liège, scheduled for 2005.
The organizing committee is actively seeking other proposals. The essential requirement for these scholarly lectures is of course that they concentrate on the history of university theatre. However, proposals involving productions or workshops suitable for the university setting will also be considered.
Yet another option is to present short productions for prison audiences. Teatro Aenigma has a performance studio in the nearby prison of Pesaro . The studio puts on one production a year.
CONTACT : Vito Minoia, Teatro Aenigma, Urbino University , Italy
Reports from IUTA members
FRANCE: Rennes, 24-26 September 2004: Le Théâtre des amateurs, un théâtre de société(s) [amateur theatre, a theatre of society(ies)]
Report by IUTA president Robert Germay
The CNRS, the French scientific research centre, published a major piece of work this year on amateur theatre, entitled Du théâtre amateur. Approche historique et anthropologique [amateur theatre: an historical and anthropological approach], edited by Marie-Madeleine Mervant-Roux, CNRS éditions, Paris 2004, Collection Arts du spectacle, ISBN 2-271-06182-2.
Two of the articles in this book are devoted to university theatre:
* One by Françoise Odin, “L’INSA et ‘Théâtre-Études’. Des pré-amateurs? ” [ France ’s engineering university and “theatre-studies.” Pre-amateurs?]; pp. 299-309. A very clear description of the role of the theatre in this institution in Lyon . No elaboration needed.
* Another by Evelyne Ertel, “Grandeur et décadence du théâtre universitaire” [grandeur and decadence of university theatre]; pp. 319-344. Much more debatable. The author is an instructor at the University of Paris III and an ex-member of the troupe associated with the Groupe Théâtral antique de la Sorbonne [Sorbonne ancient theatre group], founded by Roland Barthes in the 1930s. The author offers a history of a particular kind of university theatre she obviously knew well, but she does so in such a nostalgic way that the picture she paints of today’s university theatre
is dark, pessimistic and short on praise, which does little justice to the real situation, one she seems to be supremely oblivious to. The concept of “decadence” coming just after a “golden age,” accompanied by pronouncements such as “university theatre is losing its identity and uniqueness” – these are views that deserve a more nuanced analysis.
As soon as the book was published, I immediately contacted the editor, Marie-Madeleine Mervant-Roux, on behalf of IUTA, to offer my opinion on what I claimed was a hasty generalization, to be treated with caution, about a phenomenon which had certainly shaken France after the 1960s, but which should not be indiscriminately projected beyond the borders of this country.
Publishing this fine book had, however, taken so much effort on the part of the CNRS [French scientific research centre] that those involved felt compelled to follow up with a symposium which would bring together actors from, and researchers interested in, this phenomenon known as “amateur theatre.” A fine idea.
Subsequently, an international session was planned as part of the Rennes discussions, in conjunction with Jacques Lemaire, ex-president of IATA, the International Amateur Theatre Association. I was invited as IUTA president to give a talk on university theatre: “Du TU à l’AITU, essai de mise au point, ou le théâtre universitaire a la peau dure” [from university theatre to the International University Theatre Association - a reality check on university theatre’s “thick skin”]. Seated beside me at the roundtable were: Jacques Lemaire, acting as moderator; Jean-Marc Larrue ( Valleyfield College , Quebec ); Jean-Pierre Guingane ( Burkina Faso and International Theatre Institute); Benedict Ayrton ( United Kingdom ); Jamal Boudouma ( Morocco ); and Jakub Korcák ( Czech Republic ).
With Françoise, Jean-Marc and myself in attendance, the IUTA was out in strength at this symposium, which happened to be very worthwhile, in our unanimous opinion.
I can attest that the IUTA’s interests were well looked after. It was time to reset our instruments to the international standard – a need especially evident amongst the French attendees.
We also agreed that the various speakers and researchers were in full mastery of their subject-matter, whether theatrical, anthropological or aesthetic in nature. The research presented shed light on the practical issues. The participants were particularly well chosen.
One real surprise and a source of encouragement about the event arose from the serious connections made between the podium and the floor. An astonishingly large and varied group of attendees talked, responded and communicated with rare enthusiasm on all the issues broached. One small regret was that the session devoted to the international discussion was the least well attended. I would tend to blame that on the fact it was held on the Sunday (and many attendees had travelled a long way), rather than point the finger at lack of interest on the part of the French contingent regarding what’s taking place beyond our borders.
We also speak as one in congratulating the scientific committee for its shrewd and thoughtful selection of speakers, and the Rennes amateur theatre cultural centre for a fine job on the technical and logistical matters, and the warm welcome we received. The food was good, the wine of superior quality, the beds comfortable and the sun a welcome presence. Thanks again to all the volunteers for their exemplary efforts.
We are looking forward eagerly to the promised publication of the proceedings so that we may continue the de(com)bat.
GERMANY : Cologne , 24-26 mars 2004: “The Lives and Deaths of Happening Theatre”
Studiobühne , University of Cologne
Report by Jean-Marc Larrue ( Valleyfield College , Quebec , Canada )
Some 20 researchers from 15 different countries gathered to discuss happening theatre, with a view to better understanding its unique qualities; assessing its impact on contemporary practice (in terms of creation, training and management); and trying to identify the links to both the theatre movements that preceded the happening theatre movement and the trends that followed in theatre, related practices and other disciplines.
The discussions focused on the movement itself, between 1965 and 1980, what it led to, what is left today and the reasons why it has almost completely disappeared. The analysis benefited from the fact that most of the participants approached the subject from the perspective of practices typical of their home countries.
The group decided to create a general bibliography on the subject, as well as a descriptive chronology. These two documents will be issued at the same time as the proceedings, sometime in 2005.
BELGIUM : Louvain-La-Neuve, 19-20 November 2004: “Learning (through) the theatre, ” Centre d’études théâtrales [centre for theatrical studies], Louvain-la-Neuve).
Director: Jean-Louis Besson ( University of Paris X , Nanterre ) and Anne Wibo (Centre d’études théâtrales, Louvain-la-Neuve)
Report by Christiane Page, University of Artois , Arras , France
This symposium brought together teachers, researchers and practitioners from the theatre in order to share ideas on the differences in the practices that typify Belgium and France today. Issues related to content, pedagogy and methods for implementing theatrical activities in education prompted discussions on questions such as what principles should guide practitioners in theatre and education. This symposium gave the organizers a chance to demonstrate the need for a thorough analysis (after several years of neglect) of the ways in which theatre and education can work together.
The proceedings will be published by the Centre for theatrical studies.
(Christiane Page, University of Artois , Arras , France )
FRANCE, University of Artois, Arras, 22-23 March 2005: “Troupe and youth”
The dearth of theoretical research on the notion of “troupe” prompted us in 2003 to undertake a project at the Centre for research on “imaginary and didactic” literatures, with a team comprising both French and foreign researchers. The relationship between the troupe (its organizational methods, ethics, aesthetics) and the issues facing 20th-century theatre pointed to a number of themes that we wished to explore in some depth (troupes and youth, troupes and history, troupes and politics, troupes and marionettes, troupes and training, troupes and identity). The first day’s discussions took place in April 2004 at the University of Artois in Arras . For March 2005, we decided to focus the second stage on “Troupes and youth.” This discussion will touch on various aspects of the subject, such as: troupes comprising children or adolescents, and troupes of adults that also include children, as well as troupes playing for the benefit of children. We are as interested in the reasons why such troupes come into being as we are in their working conditions, their productions and audiences, their working methods, and the impact of these working methods on the children, as well as the reasons why some close down (where applicable).
The proceedings will be published in
Les cahiers Robinson , a journal published by the research centre at the University of Artois .
Symposium coordinator: Christiane Page
POLAND , Cracow , April 2006: “The Lives and Deaths of Happening Theatre II”
The symposium will continue the analysis begun in Cologne in March 2004. The topics will focus more narrowly on issues associated with the collective movement, among them, questions surrounding identity and the role of women.
Co-coordinators of the 2nd symposium:Jean-Marc Larrue (e-mail: ) and Christiane Page (e-mail: )
Claude Schumacher is pleased to announce publication of his edition of Hugo entitled:
Victor Hugo: Four Plays (Marion de Lorme, Hernani, Lucretia Borgia and Ruy Blas), introduced and edited by Claude Schumacher (plays translated by William D. Howarth, John Golder and Richard Hand).
Published by Methuen Drama, London , in the Methuen World Classics Series.
ISBN 0-413-77269-1. Price: £14.99 or $24.95
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Rob Brannen (De Montfort University, Bedford , UK ) is pleased to announce publication of: Teaching Theatre Today: Pedagogical Views of Theatre in Higher Education (2004). Published by Palgrave Macmillan.
“Published under the direction of Anne Flitsos, of Purdue University (United States), who gave a talk at the 2003 IUTA Congress in Olympia, this book consists of:
13 chapters dealing with subjects ranging from changing theories on teaching theatre to the presentation of particular courses. Some chapters touch on teaching theatre history, teaching acting, directing, writing, set design, use of new technologies and the question of ethnicity. Most of the authors are American academics. The article I contributed deals with teaching theatre at university in United Kingdom . In it I have attempted to describe and comment on recent developments in the field and the concerns they have prompted.”
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IN PREPARATION: La notion de troupe [the notion of troupe], Actes de la journée d'études d’avril 2004 [proceedings of the one-day conference, April 2004], University of Artois , Directors, Christiane Page ( University of Artois ) and O. Neveux, ( University of Strasburg ).
“Given the scope of the research required, examining the notion of troupe in 20th-century Europe means looking at many unique situations in order to grasp the overall issues. These include: the troupe with the Parisian Comédie française, the troupe associated with Louis Jouvet, the happening theatre creations of the Cartoucherie, the Roy Hart Theatre, theatre troupes in United Kingdom, the Théâtre Populaire Romand, Poland’s Ósmego Dnia Theatre, the relations between troupes and democracy in Spain, as well as the experiences of an amateur troupe – all were part of the one-day conference held on 2 April 2004. The proceedings are to be published by the Presses Universitaires de Valenciennes during the first semester of 2005.
PREMIERES by our members:
CONTACT : Théâtre Universitaire Royal Liègois
Director: Prof. Robert Germay, University of Liège, bât A 4, Quai Roosevelt 1b B 4000 LIEGE Tel.: +32 (0)4 366 53 78 Fax : +32 (0)4 366 56 72
The Birds (creation), Aristophanes
Collective staging led by Robert Germay
2005: Fri 11, Sat 12, Fri 18 and Sat 19/3 at 8:30 p.m. – Sun 20/3 at 3 p.m.
Mardi [Tuesday] (creation), Edward Bond
Directed by Sylvain Plouette
2005: Fri 29 and Sat 30/4, Fri 6 and Sat 7/5 at 8:30 pm – Sun 8/5 at 3 p.m. .
Every year at this time, the IUTA launches its membership renewal campaign. All members will receive a membership renewal form. We would ask that you check all the information on the form to ensure that it is accurate.
If you find any errors, please send us the corrected information.
We automatically issue an “official receipt” to all members, which will speed up reimbursement from institutions for certain members. A reminder that you can make your payment in US dollars, Euros or any other convertible currency in the form of a cheque or money order payable to the IUTA, or by Visa or MasterCard.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
SEND US YOUR NEWS ITEMS
We like hearing from you. Don’t hesitate to let us know about any event, meeting or other activity likely to be of interest to IUTA members.
Contact: Alain Chevalier
THE IUTA WEB SITE BECOMES A THING OF BEAUTY
Our original site, created in 1995, has begun to show its age and is undergoing a radical transformation this year. George H. Brown, of Bradley University in the USA , has agreed to take on the job. The goal is to make our site more attractive, more interactive and more up-to-date. The new site will also make it easier for members to communicate with each other, whether the subject matter is personal, institutional, or related to events and festivals. Don’t hesitate to send us your suggestions. The new site will be operational in the spring of 2005. The original address will be maintained in the meantime.
EXPAND YOUR THEATRE LIBRARY
IUTA PRESS has issued its first two publications: Étudier le théâtre – Studying Theatre – Estudiar el teatro (2001) and Théâtre sans frontières - Theatre without Frontiers - Teatro sin Fronteras (2002). They are available for $30 or 30 Euros, postage paid.
Each of these publications comprises some 30 articles written by specialists in university theatre: theorists, practitioners, instructors.
If bought separately, each publication costs $20 or 20 Euros.
Payment can be made by Visa or by cheque payable to the IUTA.
You may fill in the order form on the Web site at http://www.aitu.suroit.com or send your order by fax to 1 450-377-6048 or to the following address:
Valleyfield , Quebec , Canada
HELP US KEEP YOU INFORMED
We like to hear from you! Don = t hesitate to let us know about events, meetings or activities that might interest IUTA members. Tell us about conventions, symposia or university
theatre festivals you are attending or organizing; don = t forget to indicate the date, location, purpose and nature of the event, along with names and addresses of organizers. We hope to be able to establish, fairly quickly, a directory of such events and to make it as exhaustive as possible.
We are also eager for information on your own activities, projects and achievements. The Newsletter is an ideal way of communicating this information to IUTA members. If you don = t have a list of IUTA members, please free to request it.
The Newsletter is published twice yearly by the International University Theatre Association (IUTA/AITU). Its purpose is to keep members and other interested parties informed of the Association's projects and activities. Reproduction is encouraged, as long as content is clearly identified as coming from the IUTA Newsletter.
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