Organized under the patronage of the Municipality of Carrara 

International Conference "Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity"                      
  Международная Конференция - Италия, 2014
Theatre -
 Dance - Music - Visual & Multimedia Art - Arts Administration - Performing Arts Training - Theater Design & Technology

December 18 - 22, 2014

"Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity" 

is the annual international multidisciplinary conference 

researching the Bridge between Tradition and Contemporaneity in performing arts. 

Performing arts in the era of constantly evolving technology - traditional forms of performing arts constantly reconsidered and reshaped by contemporary practitioners.

Performing arts traditions influencing, enhancing and co-mingling in contemporary performing arts processes and inspiring our artistic expression - what means "traditional" and "contemporary" for performers, artists and audience today?

Astonishing phenomena of arts appearing on the intersection of cultures, when the borders of countries become conditional - getting inspired by the unique connection and stepping beyond usual practices.

Traditions as the impulse to search for the universal “intercultural” language in contemporary performance and artistic expression. Traditions as the inexhaustible source of inspiration for contemporary generation of artists and firm foundation for intercultural dialogue.

The conference meeting is highly recommended to performing arts practitioners and researchers from different countries interested in the traditional methods as applied to contemporary performing arts work, searching for international network opportunities and new collaboration partnersperforming arts academics, arts educators and teachers, performers of various genres and techniques, theatre directors, dancers and choreographers, arts administrators and producers, musicians, stage designers costume designers, mask makers, multimedia artists, scriptwriters, playwrights, theatre critics and arts journalists.

The conference offers the unique opportunity:
  • to exchange experience and share ideas in contemporary performing arts education and training, rehearsal process and performance practice;
  • to become familiar with diverse methods and techniques in contemporary performing arts inspired and formed in the connection with the world traditional heritage;
  • to meet colleagues from all over the world, establish new contacts and lay the foundation for future networking and collaboration in multicultural and multilingual artistic environment.
The conference creates the unique encounter of different arts in multicultural and multilingual artistic environment and offers a great platform for performers, performing arts educators and teachers to find new collaboration partners from all continents!

The conference working language is English.


Practical workshops, performances, presentations, interactive lectures, exhibitions, discussions and more!

Exhibition of the genuine Venetian Masks created by the masters of Bluemoon Venice workshop (Venice, Italy)
who specialize in the production of Venice's famous paper-mâché masks. 

IUGTE Conference is glad to present the multidisciplinary art exhibition and the opportunity to meet with the local artists of Carrara city - 
sculptors, painters, graphic designers, illustrators, costume designers and scenographers: Giulia Bellè, Gabriele Mosti, Tiziana Ricci, Daniele Eschini, Federico Brambilla, Marcello Nesti, Nastasia Grillotti, Francesco Tufo, Tommaso Milazzo, Sonia Ravenna, Sandra Ventarelli, Alem Teklu.

Interactive workshop for actors, directors, and theatre educators by Professor Eric Domuret (USA) -
Actor, Director and Teacher, 
Professor of Drama at University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Read more...

Research presentation, lecture and discussion by Professor Ritirong Jiwakanon (Thailand)
Theatre Designer, Teacher, Professor at the Department of Dramatic Arts,
Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Interactive workshop investigating non-verbal storytelling by Professor Laura Wayth (USA)
Assistant Professor of Acting and Coordinator of Actor Training at San Francisco State University (USA). Read more...

Exhibition of photos, paintings and traditional costumes by Professor Asiye Aslan Özşen (Turkey)
Artist, Researcher and Teacher, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University.

Australian artist (songwriter, singer, playwright), Roz Pappalardo, presents a performance fragment of her self-penned, one-woman play.
"Rosa" is a new Australian love story, written and performed by Roz Pappalardo, which traces a family’s history from Sicily (Italy) to Mena Creek, Far North Queensland (Australia). This is a joyous tale told through story and original songs, which examines the ties that bind while investigating the power of maternal ancestry, from grandmother to granddaughter. Read more...

Workshop, lecture, storytelling & discussion on the common threads and traditions of renewal for performing arts educators, artists, people of all ages who have interest in the creative process by Professor Brandon R. McWilliams (USA)
Designer, Assistant Professor of Costume Design at Louisiana State University. Read more...

Presentation and discussion by Professor James Oliverio (USA) -
Composer, Director, Educator, Performing Arts Administrator, Producer, Professor of Music, Professor of Digital Arts & Sciences, Executive Director of the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida. Read more...

Did You Know that in Ushuaia the World is Upside Down (...and Viceversa)?
Interactive workshop and discussion for arts managers, administrators, artists and everyone interested and involved in multicultural and international arts organization, exchange and collaboration by Luca Fabbricotti (Italy) - 
manager and consultant expert in international and intercultural projects. Read more...

Practical workshop by Ken Skrzesz (USA) - Actor, Choreographer, Director, Educator, 
Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Teacher Specialist and Theatre Teacher. 

Lecture-demonstration on one of the most “theatrical” musical compositions ever written for piano by Prof. Dr. Mira Kruja (USA) -
international award-winning Scholar, Performer, Music Researcher, 
Director of Piano and Pedagogy Studies, Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts Department, College of Education, Humanities, and Behavioral Sciences, Alabama A&M University. Read more...

Interactive conversation and shared dialogue exploring the process and necessity of building partnerships between theatre artists and individuals and organizations in the non-arts related fields who are addressing global and local issues of social import. 
Speakers: Bari Hochwald (USA-Italy) - Founding Artistic Director of The Global Theatre Project located in Los Angeles, California & Florence, Italy. Professor Rita Shackel (Australia) - legal advocate and Associate Professor of law at Sydney Law School. Read more...

Interactive talk, lecture and discussion by Pofessor Elizabeth S. Palmer (USA) -
Educator, Composer, Performer and Clinician, Thornton School of Music, University o
f Southern California, Los Angeles.

Presentation and masterclass by Deanna Paolantonio (Canada)
Master in Dance Studies, Dancer, Teacher, Educator, Fitness Instructor. Read more...

Random, fleeting moments, animator-machine-animator, briefly connect, and move
Performance, presentation of the research integrating digital interactivity with live performance, explanation of process, and opportunity to interact with the technical interface, and with others through the interface. Professors William J Mackwood and Gwenyth Dobie (Canada),
Project Animators, York University, School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design. Read more...

Exhibition and presentation by Sara Csonka (Hungary) artistic name Evgeni Somarov - Animator and Comics Artist, Illustrator, the winner of IUGTE International Competition for Comics Artists, Cartoonists and Graphic Novelists. The presentation takes place in the framework of IUGTE support programme for young talents and emerging artists. Read more...

Interactive lecture with PowerPoint visual presentation on Laban Movement Studies (LMS) as a potentially cross-culturally viable approach to the theatrical interpretation/reinterpretation of fighting arts, in specific Zulu stick fighting by Prof. Dr. Marié-Heleen Coetzee (South Africa),
the Head of the Department of Drama at the University of Pretoria. Read more...

S - Messing with Stravinski” 
Performance presentation by Parpignol Theatre (Francesco Marchesi, Valentina Paradiso, Paolo Giannelli, 
Andrea Mosti - Italy), inspired by Stravinski music, traditional Russian fairytales and the Italian mask tradition - a melting pot of music, classic theatre and dance evolving into a sensory theatre experience. Read more...

The Conference provides: transfer on arrival day from Carrara Avenza train station to hotel, 
coffee/tea breaks, Carrara city cultural marble tour and the final conference buffet.

(for those who wish to participate in practical workshops and events)   

To apply for participation, please send a cover letter briefly describing professional activity to 

The participation fee is 450 EUR (early bird reduced fee) 
(550 EUR - if payment is made after the early bird deadline)
The fee covers participation in all events of the programme. 

Group Registration Discounts.
We offer a discounted conference registration rate for groups of three or more people - 350 EUR per person.
The fee covers participation in all events of the programme. 

Student Registration Discounts (with student identity document presented) 
There is a discounted conference registration rate for students 250 EUR per person.
For student groups of three or more people there is a special discounted registration rate - 180 EUR per person.
The fee covers participation in all events of the programme. 

(for those who wish to attend and observe the workshops without participating)     

To register for the Conference programme as an Observer, please send a cover letter briefly describing professional activity to 

There are three payment options for Observers:
1) Observation of the whole conference programme. The fee - 250 EUR.
2) Two-day programme attendance. The fee - 180 EUR.
3) One-day programme attendance. The fee - 95 EUR.

Bring and share your creative materials with colleagues!
We encourage all participants to bring their promo materials to share with colleagues during the conference - booklets, cards, DVDs, book samples, publications or any other format. You may bring materials with you or send them to us in advance by post
(please contact us for the postal address).

The official arrival day is Thursday, December 18th. 
The conference opening meeting begins at 17:00.
The departure day is Monday, December 22nd. 

The nearest international airports are located in Pisa, Genova and Florence.
The conference will take place in the beautiful Carrara city.

IUGTE Staff will be glad to help you in planning your travel itinerary, information on accommodation options and practical details!


"The IUGTE Conference was an incredible opportunity to connect with like-minded colleagues from all over the world. Through IUGTE, I have made many valuable contacts for continuing my work, and I have made lifetime friendships with other artists". 
Laura Wayth (USA)

"IUGTE Conference is a perfect platform to link up people who work in the performance industry from different cultures. Theatre people are always very generous and are ready to share with other people about their own culture and always welcome people from other cultures to share their own...As we can see in IUGTE Conference, the participants use up every minute to talk about their culture and ask questions about others’ culture. Everyone is so enthusiastic. This exchange is valuable and should never stop"
Kady Cheung Cheuk-Ki,
Hong Kong

"IUGTE's conference was very well organized and operated on highly professional level, giving oppotunity to the artisting practitioners and as well as academics" 
Sheila Gordon, USA

"This shared enthusiasm for creativity and collaboration created a congenial atmosphere, facilitating an open exchange of ideas, new friendships and paving the way for future research and development of collaborative productions. Some of my new found colleagues and I discussed joint ventures even before leaving the conference" 
Amy Drake, USA

"I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and feel I gain a huge insight into other areas of dance, performing arts and experience. I feel I developed both as an individual and as a member of my company, and have made some invaluable contacts along the way. I was very inspired by the diversity of people who attended"
Rebecca Price, UK

"The opportunities to be a part of international conference was really grateful choice for demonstrate different techniques in acting. For me as a teacher was this practical training the best chance to get together theory and practice". 
Katarina Misikova, Slovakia

"This event aligned directly with the mission of IUGTE, in that it effectively made the bridge between continents that much smaller, and in turn, produced multicultural dialogues that enlightened and informed participants with new knowledge, both practical and perceived"
Andrew Carroll, USA

"This experience was very precious, and not only artistically but also with regards to relationships with the other participants. Finding yourself in front of so many people coming from different backgrounds and with different artistic experiences helps to see theatre as a realty which is always changing and creating new expressive channels"
Giuseppe Perez, Italy

"The Conference provided me with a new understanding of different training programs in different aspects of theatre and performance from all over the world. The other wonderful part about the conference that went beyond my expectations was the people I met from all over the world, all of them brilliant artists"
Anya Gibian, USA

"This was a fantastic experience as I feel that in just a week I’ve learnt so much. I brought a lot of knowledge back to my country and I’ll make sure to use it in the best way possible"
Anthea Xuereb, Malta

"The different viewpoints on the arts, on work ethic, on training, all opened my mind to different possibilities for how to use the work from the conference and how to shape my training and career in the future. While I plan to share what I learned with the students at my university and grow an interest in physical theatre there, this conference has given me a professional network of artists with related interests that I may create with in the future". 
Alex Elliott, USA

"The experience changed me greatly. Through this experience I realized that theatre - and all art forms- provide a common language for us all;
one that transcends language barriers and cultural differences and unites us all..."  
Laura Wayth, USA