in collaboration with
Bildungshaus Schloss Retzhof 
barrier-free international education center in Styria, Austria!

International Conference 
"Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity"

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

December 17 - 21, 2015
Retzhof Castle - Styria, Austria

"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 -
etting 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. 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.


The programme includes practical workshops and seminars, performances and works-in-progress, photo and video presentations, interactive lectures, research papers, discussions and more events. 
Practical workshop and discussion on the principles of Biomechanics and the teachings of the Russian outstanding theatrical innovator, Vsevolod Meyerhold, by theatre director and teacher, Sergei Ostrenko (Russia). Read more...

My Face on the Wall
Exhibition and practical workshop, exploration of Iranian mask traditions, and how artist's imagination and creation allow to combine them with the well-known characters existing in works of the world plays - by Ali Asghar Khatibzadeh, playwright, writer, permanent member of Street Plays Society, Tehran Theater Center and designer of Mask and Puppet (Iran). Read more...

Master acting class – participatory workshop with Q&A by Carrie Ann Quinn - MFA, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, Head of acting and directing, Associate Chair, Department of Performing Arts at University Massachusetts Boston, and Grayson Powell – MFA, Columbia University, New York based actor and co-founder of GrayKings Film Productions (USA). Read more...

Lecture-PowerPoint and video presentation on the performance experience -
the combination of Chinese Opera and The Metamorphosis by Kafka
 - by Phoenix Tsailuan Chang (Taiwan).

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

Interactive talk/lecture/discussion with live dance performance by Thomas Vacanti - dancer, choreographer, Assistant Professor in Dance at UMass Amherst (USA). Read more...

Upside Down or Downside Up?
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...

Interactive conversation and audio-video presentation on the multicultural international performance project in Nepal by Greg Mitchell - lighting and scenic designer for theatre, opera, music, dance, and television, Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of California, Santa Barbara M.F.A., Scenic and Lighting Design from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (USA). Read more...

Lecture/video presentation and discussion on the collaboration experience in creating a choreodrama (story based choreography) using motion capture technology by Professor Eric Brandt Nielsen - dancer, director, choreographer, Director of Dance at Valdosta State University, Georgia (USA). Read more...
Interactive talk and video presentation, the overview of the anatomical components needed to create healthy, sustainable sounds of vocal violence by Tara Snyder - musical theatre voice specialist and assistant professor for Theatre UCF in the School of Performing Arts at the University of Central Florida (UCF), in Orlando (USA). Read more...

Interactive talk and video presentation, the practical guide to performing musical theatre abroad, discussing cultural differences and professional expectations by Amanda Hornberger - Musical Theatre BFA student at the University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando (USA). Co-presenter: Tara Snyder - musical theatre voice specialist and assistant professor for Theatre UCF in the School of Performing Arts at the University of Central Florida (UCF), in Orlando (USA)Read more... 

A practical guide to how the avant-garde Italian Futurists continue to inspire creativity in theatre-making and theatre education today - 
interactive discussion/lecture/brief participation by the audience/video demonstration - 
by Jeffrey Bracco - director, actor, playwright and teacher, Lecturer at Santa Clara University (USA). Read more...

Lecture/presentation/writing exercise by Lauris Gundars - playwright, screenwriter, director, award-winning author, creator and Head of Writing for Theatre, film and TV Program at Latvian Academy of Culture in Riga (Latvia). Read more...

Research presentation (Power Point and documentary projection) - by Lisa Adams-Davey, performer, consultant, artistic director, Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at Edge Hill University (EHU), United KingdomRead more...

Is it possible to used chemistry formula structures as a source of Blocking? The researcher could discover 80 formula structures as patterns for all of the theater directors. Interactive conversation and workshop by Erfan Khatibzadeh (Iran). Read more...

More details coming soon. Please follow the news! The conference agenda is being formed, and the programme is being regularly updated.


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


For Participants: 450 EUR (early bird reduced fee) / 550 EUR
(for those who wish to participate in practical workshops and events)    
The fee covers participation in all events of the program.
Group Registration Discounts.
For groups of three or more people - 350 EUR per person
Student's Rate 250 EUR per person (with student identity document presented).
For student groups of three or more people 200 EUR per person.

For Observers: 300 EUR.
(for those who wish to attend and observe the workshops without participating).   

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 is 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 will stay and practice all together in the same venue.
The group meals are also organized at Retzhof Castle restaurant. 
Click here for transportation details, room information and prices.

The official arrival day is Thursday, December 17th from 13:00.
The conference opening begins at 19:00.

The departure day is Monday, 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

"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

"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