Vol. 5 No. 2 Winter / Spring 2003
Vol. 5 No. 2 Winter / Spring 2003
Following on the heels of its first book, Étudier le Théâtre (2001), IUTA’s Publications Committee (Maria Horne, Jean-Marc Larrue and Claude Schumacher) published in the fall a second volume of the proceedings from our previous world congresses, entitled Théâtre sans frontières - Theatre Without Frontiers - Teatro sin Fronteras (2002). This new publication very much encapsulates our overall concern at IUTA to combine theory and practice in a way that transcends frontiers—and by “ frontiers”, we not only mean frontiers between countries and languages, but also between theatrical genres and categories. In this regard, I would like to stress the high level of the various contributions this book contains; these reflect the importance and quality of our discussions. We plan to maintain the same high level at our next world congress in Olympia, Greece, in August 2003.
As the very cradle of (western) theatre, Olympia is bound to be a source of inspiration for the “ theatre buffs” that we are. This mythical setting is also bound to attract many participants to our congress. In addition, the topics we plan to cover are also sure to generate brilliant, dazzling “ sparks” in our discussions, because, although very different, the topics are all close to our hearts in that they all reflect the same enthusiasm for theatre and the young people who practice and study it.
Thinking back to the IUTA founding congress in Liege in 1994, who could have thought that we would be witnessing the fifth version in 2003 and in Olympia no less. Considering the material and structural conditions in which we all work within the association, I think that this a good sign—a sign that the association still has “ pilots” at the controls and that the “ plane” still has its engines. It is also a sign that, despite our extremely young age for a global association (not yet 10 years old!), our organizational abilities are getting better and better as we move ahead and many thanks to our Greek friends, in particular, for the fresh opportunity to demonstrate this improvement in practice. So, I hope to see you as many of you as possible in Olympia—our congress there will be well worth the trip!
Attending the 5th IUTA
5 th IUTA World Congress
THEMES OF THE CONGRESS :
On the other hand, while literary drama as such has existed since virtually the beginning of human society, the pioneers in this field decided to focus their research on what is now called “ performance”.
Because every human activity should be analyzed and assessed and because the essence of theatre is action.
But that is NOT THE ONLY REASON.
It is also because the early researchers were fascinated by the subject of theatrical performance and, in those days, “ studying” was considered to be a respectable activity in itself with no need for further justification.
However, nowadays, all that has changed and we are obliged to justify our activities in a social context.
That is why our 5 th International Congress is going to take a totally pragmatic approach to these basic questions. We plan to do this by proposing three discussion themes that are essentially part and parcel of the same theme but viewed from three different angles:
Why teach theatre?
Why study theatre?
What are theatre’s responsibilities at a university?
Needless to say, these three questions cannot be considered separately and are closely linked with each other. We could reformulate them as follows:
First, what do we reply to students who ask why we have chosen to teach theatre?
Second, why have the same students chosen this subject and what do they expect of it? Are universities able to supply what students want (and is this their role as institutions)?
Third, should theatrical activity be encouraged within the university? If so, what kind of activity should that be?
We are hoping for a wide range of responses. Although we are aware that there are currently other “burning” issues to cover, but these will be better analysed if we first deal with basic principles. We plan to organize a congress that is firmly focused on its proposed theme and which provides food for thought on our discipline’s raison d ’ être.
WHAT TO SEE DURING
Throughout its centuries-long history, the region of Ilia in Greece has always been distinguished for its originality and uniqueness, both in terms of scenery and people. The area contains a number of remarkably beautiful but different landscapes: mountainous regions of varying heights that go back to legendary times, small mountain villages with their traditional way of life, extremely rare marine sites, thermal springs and many famous archaeological sites like Ancient Olympia, Ancient Ilida, the Temple of Apollo Epicurius and the fortress of Hlemoutsi. All these are truly unforgettable places.
In Pyrgos, the departmental capital, visitors can admire several examples of neo-classical art like the city ’ s municipal market and the Apollo Theatre, both of which were built by German architect Ernst Ziller.
The second largest city in the department is Amaliada with its extensive, wonderful beaches.
In Andritsena, a remarkable little village in the mountains, you can visit its library that contains many manuscripts by not only Greek writers but also foreign ones as well, like Rousseau.
The Temple of Apollo Epicurius is located in Bassae, near Andritsena. This unique work of architecture is now very well preserved by a special tent that covers it.
The fact that Ancient Olympia, which is the most important archaeological site in modern Greece, was also the centre of pan-Hellenic religion at least as early as the 9 th century B.C. has been historically corroborated. The first official Olympiad took place in 776 B.C. The ancient Greeks were said to have chosen the most beautiful part of their country to celebrate their Olympic Games, a reality that is obvious to anyone who goes there! Thus, for visitors, their time in the region is not only a kind of pilgrimage, but also a unique opportunity to enjoy luminous, joyous and serene countryside.
At the site of Ancient Olympia, you can see:
The ruins of the Temple of Zeus (460 B.C.), the largest temple on mainland Greece that used to contain the gold-and-ivory statue of Zeus by Phidias, a work that was considered to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
The Gymnasium (2 nd century B.C.) used for physical exercise.
First International Culture and Arts Festival, ARTEulalia 2002, Mexico
An initiative jointly launched under the aegis of the town of Aquiles Serdan in Chihuahua and the COMART arts festival, the first ARTEulalia Festival successfully took place from 12 to 16 September 2002. This multidisciplinary event, open to new forms of artistic expression and creation, featured shows and performances in theatre, music and the visual arts, as well as showings of avant-garde films. The organizers were so pleased with the outcome that they are now preparing the second edition for September this year.
Festival/Convention at the University of Urbino, Italy
From 4 to 8 December 2002, the University of Urbino and its Teatro Aenigma hosted their sixth theatrical festival on the theme: Shadow, Trace and Evanescence. More than 12 productions from Italy and other countries (Belgium, Bulgaria and Greece) were performed during the event. In addition, a number of roundtables took place that covered themes that IUTA cares deeply about: * The specific characteristics of university theatre as opposed to other forms of theatre + , * cultural diversity and how it is received + , * Audience involvement + , * Performer creativity + and * Forms of irony and the grotesque + .
Very proud of the success of its sixth festival, Teatro Aenigma has been moving ahead with its “ International Workshop on the Author, the Actor and the Audience” project. As a result, its first workshop on the role of the actor was held from 16 to 19 January 2003 with Lech Maria Raczak, one of the leading figures of contemporary Polish theatre and co-founder of Teatr Osmega Dnia, as the facilitator.
During the first half of May, Ludwik Flasszen, founder of Teatr Laoratorium in Grotowski, will facilitate a workshop in Urbino on the “ body of thinkers”.
International university theatre gathering in Liege, Belgium turns 20
This year, the Rencontres internationales de university theatre de Liège (RITU) celebrate their 20 th anniversary. A genuine fulcrum of international university theatre, this gathering is hosting a number of theatrical troupes from Europe, America and Africa at the end of February.
12 th TUFC Festival in Besançon, France
The Théâtre universitaire de Franche-Comté has announced that it will hold its 12th Rencontres internationales du théâtre universitaire de Franche-Comté in Besançon and Vesoul (Franche-Comté) from 11 to 15 March 2003.
During the week-long event, the TUFC will host around 10 university theatre groups from France and other countries, i.e., an estimated 130 B 150 students representing at least 10 nationalities. Each troupe will perform its play in its own language and two or three plays will be performed every day.
Seventh edition of Fêtes théâtrales du Suroît in Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada
The Fêtes théâtrales du Suroît returns for the seventh year in a row, featuring approximately ten foreign troupes from Europe , Africa , America and Asia . Besides the Canadian and American groups, the festival is expecting the participation of productions from Cameroon , Iran and Bengal , as well as a particularly strong representation from Central Europe . Two troupes composed of mentally challenged people will also be taking part for the first time. The festival will take place from 22 to 29 April 2003 .
Fifth International Festival of Theatrical Schools in Baranquilla , Colombia
Our colleague, Teobaldo Guillen Valdes, is organizing the fifth International Festival of Theatre Schools under the auspices of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of the Atlantic in Barranquilla . This major international event will take place during the first week of June 2003.
Fifth RITUAL ( Dunkirk , France )
The Culture Workshop at the University of Dunkirk is preparing the fifth edition of the RITUAL (Rencontre Internationale de Théâtre Universitaire et Amateur du Littoral) Festival that will take place from 13 to 16 May 2003 . The festival will feature plays by contemporary authors, thereby showcasing works that do not receive very much exposure. Each play lasts an hour and a quarter at most.
Szeged Festival of Francophone University Theatre Szeged , Hungary
The fifth edition of the Festival de théâtre universitaire francophone (FTUF) in Szeged will take place from 22 to 27 April 2003 . The FTUF has become an indispensable meeting-ground for university theatre in Europe . As an occasion where troupes of young Francophones and troupes of students of French as a second language meet each other, the event represents a wide range of theatrical practice in French. What ’ s more, the event is held in an extremely beautiful region of Hungary . Plays at the festival last an average of 50 minutes each.
Cologne Cultural Week ( Cologne , Germany )
This year, Cologne Cultural Week will be devoted to the meeting of Slovak and German theatre. More than 12 plays are on the program of this major event that is being organized by our colleague, Georg Franke, of the University of Cologne ’ s StudioBühne. Cologne Week, which will take place from 15 to 22 March this year, will also feature workshops and discussion forums.
3rd Olympia International Meeting of University Theatre, Olympia , Greece
The Olympia International Meeting of University Theatre takes place every year in Ancient Olympia, an extremely beautiful site with great cultural and historical significance for the whole western Peloponnese .
This event was initiated by the Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People and is based on the same principles as the festival ’ s in terms of the meaning, objective and aesthetic values of the works shown there. This meeting has also adopted the principles and objectives of the International University Theatre Association (IUTA) that was founded in Liege in 1994 and which operates under the auspices of UNESCO and the International Theatre Institute (ITU).
The mission of the Olympia International Meeting of University Theatre is to:
Create an international forum for exchanging ideas, experiences and new creative interests between everyone involved in organizing or taking part in university theatre.
Plays performed by university theatre groups:Theatrical workshops for amateur actors
This organization operates under the aegis of the Greek Ministry of Culture. It is sponsored by the Prefecture of Ilia , the Greek National Institute of Youth and various educational institutions.
The third Olympia International Meeting of University Theatre will take place from 17 to 23 August in the old city of Olympia . More than 15 university troupes from all over the world are expected to attend at a time that also coincides with the holding of IUTA ’ s fifth World Congress.
RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP
IUTA is starting its membership renewal campaign for 2003. All members will shortly receive their membership renewal forms. Please check whether all the information contained in this form is accurate. If there are any mistakes, let us know what corrections should be made.
To help certain colleagues who need to apply for reimbursement from their respective institutions, we systematically issue an official receipt to everyone. Remember that you can pay IUTA by cheque, money order or credit card (Visa or MasterCard) in American dollars, Euros or any other convertible currency.
We would be grateful if you could pay as soon as possible.
In June 2002, the IUTA Publications Committee published the second IUTA proceedings, entitled Théâtre sans frontières - Theatre Without Frontiers - Teatro sin Fronteras. All regular IUTA members (institutional, ordinary, student or retiree) should already have received their copy. If not, please request one by contacting the address below. If you do not belong to any of these categories of member or if you want extra copies, you can contact this address as well:
IUTA Publications Committee
Since November 2002, IUTA has attracted 35 new members (16 institutional and 19 Individual) from 21 different countries. We wish them all a warm welcome! IUTA now has more than 260 regular members spread over all five continents and in almost 80 countries.
New individual members : Shafiul Alam (Dacca, Bangladesh), Sanchez Distacio Alicia (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Zahaf Alya (Paris, France), Marika Buffat (Lausanne, Switzerland), Robert Cohen (Laguna Beach, United States), Bérengère Dambrine (Belgrade, Serbia), Gustav Frank (Stuttgart, Germany), Gregoire da Silva (Porto Novo, Benin), Jorge Guerra (Miami, United States), Sylvie Jouanny (Paris, France), Ashley Lucas (San Diego, United States), Orencia Moreno Correo (Paris, France), Mariella Pentcheva (Sofia, Bulgaria), Vicente Paul Ruiz Atoche (Lima, Peru), Shakeel Sarwar (Punjab, Pakistan), Meslem Seddik (Sba, Algeria), Mark Staley (Pitttsburgh, United States), Magnus Thordarson (Reykjavik, Iceland) and Andrew Wallis (Whittier, United States).
New institutional members : Academia Chaplin (Santiago de Cali, Colombia), Atelier théatral AFSA (Agadir, Morocco), Festival de théâtre universitaire d ’ Agadir (Agadir, Morocco), Higher Theatre School of Estonian Academy of Music (Tallin, Estonia), Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru (Lima, Peru), Smashing Times Theatre (Dublin, Ireland), Taller de Teatro de Paysandu (Paysandy, Uruguay), Teatro UIS (Bucaramanga, Colombia), Youth Theatre of Macedonia (Skopje, Macedonia), Ubu Teatro Universitario (Albacete, Spain), Universidad de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Universidad del Atlantico (Colombia), Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico), Athens University (Athens, Greece), Barquisimeto Technical University (Barqusimeto, Venezuela), and University of Nairobi (Nairobi, Kenya).
THE ARCH OF LANGUAGES:
Organized by the Théâtre universitaire de Franche-Comté, the Arch of Languages is a project involving education, cultural action research and theatrical creation relating to the work of Armand Gatti. This project associates various universities, cultural services and theatrical institutions in France and other countries.
The program consists of four interconnected yet separate strands. Each of these strands can be considered in their own right, but together they form a coherent whole that will serve as preparation for the Armand Gatti international creation residency in Besançon from 1 July to 31 August 2003 . The residency will be used to stage one of the poet ’ s A scientific @ plays whose themes will reflect those expressed in Didascalie se promenant seule dans un théâtre vide, published in October 2002 at the end of the A La Traversée des langages @ cycle.(Coulisses, Special Issue no. 1, Armand Gatti et la Traversée des langages)
1. Cultural action, Knowledge-sharing, in partnership with Université Ouverte [Open University]:
All year long in Besançon: A Approches de l ’ oeuvre d ’ Armand Gatti @ cycle with three special sessions on the scientific aspects of the poet ’ s work: reading-performance, video showing presented by the videomaker and a play.
Dissemination of an overview of the cycle to INSA in Lyon, the cultural services of the Universities of Nice - Sophia-Antipolis and Artois, the cultural services of the CROUS in Lille, and the Théâtre Saint-Gervais in Geneva.
Provisional involvement: the cultural services of the Universities of Montpellier and Neuchatel.
2. International transdisciplinary symposium: * Theatre, poetry, sciences, city: an Armand Gatti reference work + , 2-4 July 2003 in Besançon
3. Creating two plays :
15 March: Incertitudes de la mécanique quantique devenant chant des oiseaux du Graal pour l ’ entrée des groupes (de Galois) dans le langage dramatique (Cahiers de Coulisses no. 2) performed by the INSA de Lyon Theatrical Studies section with Armand Gatti himself in attendance, as part of the 11 thRencontres internationales du théâtre universitaire de Franche-Comté and the Printemps des poètes [Poets’ Springtime] event.
28-30 August: Staging of the play that is currently being written. This work repeats the themes in Didascalie se promenant seule dans un théâtre vide and will be worked on by a team of French and foreign students during the Armand Gatti international creation residency in Besançon from 1 July to 31 August.
All the work and output will be published as proceedings or articles in Coulisses magazine.
NEWS FROM THE DONETSK UNIVERSITY THEATRE IN THE UKRAINE
The National Technical University of Donetsk is reviewing and redesigning its cultural mission. The students in the French-language Technical Sciences Department are initiating various extra-curricular activities and the very nature of the French language is playing a major role in this development. The French-language theatre in this university has become a site for exchange, interaction and high-quality cultural output. Our shows and actors are now known not only in Donetsk but in other parts of the country as well. Every year, the Francophone students who attend the national “ Grand Competition in French” applaud our students ’ talent. We have also taken part in various regional, national and international festivals. Since its founding in 1996, our group has performed Médée by Jean Anouilh (Prize for Best Actress at the Kiev International Festival of Francophone Theatre, 1997); Les parents terribles by Jean Cocteau (Prize for Best Actress at the Kiev Festival, 1998); Caligula by Albert Camus (Grand Prize at the Kiev Festival, 1999); La machine à écrire by Jean Cocteau (performed at the Kiev Festival, 2000); Tour de la Défense by Copi (performed at the Donetsk Regional Festival of Francophone Theatre, 2001); Un piano dans l’herbe by Françoise Sagan (Grand Prize and Prize for Best Actor at the Kiev Festival, 2002); and Le revizor by Gogol (Third Prize and Prize for Best Actor at the International Festival of Francophone Theatre in Yalta ).
Our French-language theatrical group was very happy to work with the Lycée de Bagatelle in Saint-Gaudens, Comminges , France , in carrying out the Revizor cultural project. In April 2002, the group of French lycée students came to Donetsk to show us their version of the play. Our French-language theatre group was then invited to return the favour in Saint-Gaudens, which was done from 21 to 29 September 2002 . The students from our university were very warmly received by their French host families and were able to practice their French. We are happy to have carried out this project and establish contact and bonds of friendship at the administrative level as well as with educational and cultural institutions. We were particularly happy with the human exchanges that took place between the young French students and their Ukrainian counterparts.
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