Organized by IUGTE in collaboration with "ArtUniverse" and New International Performing Arts Institute

International Conference 
"Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity"

Theatre - Dance - Music - Visual & Multimedia Art - Arts Administration - Performing Arts Training - Theatre Design & Technology

December 17 - 21, 2018
Leitring bei Leibnitz - Austria

"Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity" 

is the annual international multidisciplinary conference 

researching the Bridge between Tradition and Contemporaneity in performing arts. 

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 program includes practical workshops and seminars, performances and works-in-progress, photo and video presentations, interactive lectures, research papers, discussions and more events. 

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 workshop by theatre director and teacher, Sergei Ostrenko. Read more...

Live performance by Diane Thueson Reich - Associate Professor of Voice, Division Chair for Classical Voice, Robert Brandt - Assistant Professor of Voice and 
Jared Pierce 
coordinator of group piano studies and a member of the piano performance faculty at Brigham Young University. Read more...

Interactive practical seminar by Luca Fabbricotti - manager and consultant expert in international and intercultural projects. Read more...

Performance, coaching, and discussion of excerpts from three theatre pieces by Karen Kopryanski - Head of Voice & Speech and Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Kelley Schoger - Assistant Professor of Acting & Movement at The University of Alabama, and Stacey Cabaj - Assistant Professor of Acting and Pedagogy at the College of Communication and Fine Arts of Loyola Marymount University. Read more...

Practical workshop by Gennadiy Ostrenko - choreographer, set designer, theater artist and educator. Read more...

Practical workshop/master class by Autumn Eckman - Assistant Professor of Dance, The University of Arizona. Read more...

Interactive talk and discussion by Robert Richmond - Department Chair and Artistic Director Department of Theatre and Dance University of South Carolina, and Gabrielle Peterson - Adjunct Instructor Department of Theatre and Dance University of South Carolina. Read more...

Performance fragment by Achutamanasa - a renowned Kuchipudi danseuse of India. Read more...

Work in progress / Research Presentation by Dustin Whitehead - Assistant Professor of Acting, Director of BFA Acting, and Ashlee Wasmund - Assistant Professor of Dance, Director of BFA Musical Theatre & Dance at Western Carolina University, School of Stage & Screen. Read more...

Collaboration performance project Shelley Cooper - Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Augustana College, and Dr. Corey Trahan - Assistant Professor of Applied Voice and Theory Department: Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts, Northwest Florida State College and Ross Osmun - Professor of Piano and Theory at Bishop's University. 

Interactive Talk/Lecture/Discussion by Alexis Macnab - Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts & Dance, Sonoma State University. Read more...

Practical participatory workshop by Lucia Repašská - creative director of D’epog Theatre, a Brno-based progressive stage platform. Read more...

Workshop and exhibition by Achutamanasa - a renowned Kuchipudi danseuse of India. Read more...

Interactive lecture by Amy Drake - Ohio Ambassador for the Dramatists Guild of America, Board member of the International Centre for Women Playwrights and a member of Producer’s Perspective PRO. Read more...

A Lecture – Recital by Ross Osmun - Professor of Piano and Theory at Bishop's University. Read more...


To apply for participation, please fill in the online Application Form


Participant's rate: 
(for those who wish to participate in practical workshops and events) 
550 EUR (early bird reduced fee until 7th of December) / 650 EUR after 7tof December.   
The fee covers participation in all events of the program.
Group discount:
For groups of three or more people - 450 EUR per person

Student's rate:
(with student identity document presented)
350 EUR per person.
For student groups of three or more people 250 EUR per person.

Observer's rate: 
(for those who wish to attend and observe the workshops without participating)
350 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 accommodation for the participants can be organized at the guest house of the beautiful 15th century refurbished Retzhof Castle in the landscape of natural beauty in Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria. 

The group can stay and practice all together in the same venue.
The group meals also can be organized at the castle restaurant. 

The official arrival day is Monday, December 17th from 13:00.
The conference opening begins at 19:00.
The departure day is Friday, December 21st at 9:00.

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

"The December IUGTE Conference in Leibnitz was a wonderful experience!  Perhaps the best theatre conference I have ever participated in – wonderful colleagues and stimulating presentations and performances.  Thank you and congratulations to the IUGTE."
Art Horowitz, USA

"We attended the IUGTE conference in Carrara where 31 countries assembled to explore art, theatre, music, dance. We presented our Butterfly interactive study to a very enthusiastic group of artists, academics and students. I was honoured to be a part of this conference and I’d like to thank the IUGTE organizers for an excellently run event and manifesting such a rich celebration of art and culture." 
Gwenyth Dobie, Canada

"Great company, contacts, learned scholars, innovative research, lovely venue, a vibrant sensorial mix combined with a great amount of laughter...
Just perfect for the soul!
It was a complete pleasure to meet you all."
Lisa Adams-Davey, UK

"It was such a pleasure to participate and meet so many amazing people. Congratulations on a most successful conference."
Greg Mitchell, USA

"I'm so lucky to have a chance to attend this extremely marvelous conference, and get to know so many incredibly talented artists like you all!" 
Phoenix Tsailuan Chang, Taiwan

"Thanks for bringing together
such talented, intelligent
and generous souls."
Carrie Ann Quinn, USA

"It was a pleasure to have met many sincere and talented performers, artists and educators all over the world". 
Rina Angela Corpus, Philippines

"This conference opened for me a new level of of looking upon the way of conecting between the theatre tradition and contemporary ways of performing arts. It offered a great overwiev on the theatrical world and different possibilities how we can create a real theatrical space full of truth...IUGTE Conference is an international place, where people, who really love arts came to share their ideas and passion for their art work".
Janka Fedešová, Slovakia

"Thank you to all the speakers, really interesting talks and topic being explored."
Eileen Mc Clory, Ireland
"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

"The exchange that became important to create something new, this is what I was breathing during the four days; this have been a wonderful opportunity for artists, educators, teachers and designers. I hope it's the beginning of a series of meetings and collaborations..."
Sandra Ventarelli, Italy

"The conference organized by IUGTE provided the space and opportunity for creative dialogue and exchange that for me are fundamental elements and the essence of contemporary art making. Thank you for organizing an excellent conference. I was very happy to experience very special moments..."
Daniela Gatti, Brazil

"I felt as though I gained a huge insight into other areas of drama, dance, performing arts, and experience. The different viewpoints regarding the arts and work ethic demonstrate different techniques in acting and training. This opened my mind up to different possibilities and caused me to brainstorm ways that I could apply the work from the conference to shape my training and career in the future".
Youngsuck Kim, USA

"This was a fantastic experience that allowed me to meet many people from different countries and to be able to communicate with them and learn the aspects of their cultures. This experience was very valuable, and not only artistically, but also in terms of relationships with other participants. All the people were very helpful and ready to share their experiences and knowledge..."
Sonia Ravenna, Italy

"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

"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

"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