International Conference "Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity"

December 18 - 22, 2014
Carrara - Tuscany, Italy

"Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity" 

is the annual international multidisciplinary conference researching the Bridge between Tradition and Contemporaneity in performing arts. 


Theatre - Dance - Music - Visual & Multimedia Art - Arts administration -
Theater Design and Technology

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 partners
performing 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.

You are welcome to take part as a Presenter/Speaker or a Participant/Observer.

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 demonstrate 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.
At the moment the Conference is accepting presentation proposals!

The conference offers a great platform and opportunity for performers, performing arts educators and teachers to demonstrate their methods and techniques, to share creative work with international audience from different countries and to find new collaboration partners. 
 


PRESENTATION FORMATS
 

- practical workshop/master class
- work in progress/work demonstration
- performance fragment not requiring special technical conditions
- interactive talk/lecture/discussion
- photo/video demonstration
- exhibition
- research presentation
- other way of demonstration offered by Speaker/Presenter can be considered.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

To submit your presentation proposal, please send the following information to iugte.projects@gmail.com
  • Brief letter of motivation stating the conference dates and describing the purpose of your application.
  • Presentation title and format (please clearly state, if this is a "practical participatory" workshop or a "sitting" talk, conversation, lecture, etc.).
  • Brief presentation overview and plan - about 250 words.
  • Technical requests (for example, CD player, video projector, etc.)
  • Detailed CV.
  • Brief biography - about 100 words. 
  • Head shot and several additional photos.
The conference working language is English.

Important note for Speakers/Presenters: in preparing your presentation, please consider the following:
  • Practical and interactive formats of presentation are very welcome.
  • The duration of each presentation slot is 60 min (including follow-up questions). 
    If the Presenter would like to book a longer slot in the programme, the conditions can be negotiated individually (subject to availability in the program).
  • Presenter's and Speakers are welcome to bring their promotional materials, booklets, flyers, cards, DVDs, book samples, etc. to share with participants.
  • Conference participants represent various artistic practices, genres, techniques and styles. 
  • Your colleagues will come from different countries of the world, for some of them English is not a native tongue.
  • The conference programme is forming quickly, the number of presentation slots is limited. 

For registration conditions and more details, please Contact Us.

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.

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


  
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"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