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ETC News October 2016
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The City, a Scene for Stories of Difference
The ETC international conference successfully concluded on 10 October at International Theatre Festival MESS, Sarajevo
The latest international theatre conference organised by the European Theatre Convention (ETC) came to its successful conclusion on Sunday, 9 October 2016, in Sarajevo. Hosted by the International Theatre Festival MESS, the conference “The City, a Scene for Stories of Difference” brought together theatre representatives and experts from over 35 ETC members theatres and art organisations, who discussed issues of urbanity, South East European history and the future of theatre with other professionals from the digital arts field, playwrights, directors and academics.

Throughout the conference, participants had the opportunity to attend performances at the International Theatre Festival MESS. The productions offered a varied overview of contemporary drama in countries of Ex-Yugoslavia and the approaches theatres and writers take to express their views on urgent social issues. Dubravka Vrgoč, President of ETC, summed up the conference: “Sarajevo provided the perfect backdrop for three days of engaging discussions and four evenings filled with innovative theatre from this part of Europe. We are confident that our conference made a lasting contribution to the cultural scene in Sarajevo by bringing numerous members of our European-wide network to the city, many of whom were visiting for the very first time.”

Day One of the Conference: The first day of the conference kicked off with a keynote address by Haris Pašović, one of the most renowned theatre directors from  Bosnia and Herzegovina, who talked about notions of modernity in theatre. Mr. Pašović urged the sector to bring new audiences into the theatres by allowing them to experience first-hand the mystery of the live encounter between actor and spectator. A panel discussion followed the keynote speech, bringing together László Végel, a Hungarian national living in Serbia who represents a novelist, essayist and playwright from the older generation, the emerging playwright Tanja Šljivar from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Dino Mustafić, a veteran theatre and film director and executive producer of the MESS theatre festival. Panellists debated the challenges theatre faces in relation to ethnic complexity, its new era in the contemporary Balkan society, the role of theatre as a sacred ground that fosters a critical stance towards mainstream political discourse without censorship.

The afternoon session began with the MESS Market, a production platform developed with the aim of promoting performing arts regional projects, as well as establishing regional and EU co-productions. It was followed by the presentation of artistic collaboration projects by some of the ETC member theatres, and it concluded with the ETC General Assembly, when the following theatres joined ETC as new member: Teatro Stabile di Genova, Italy, National Theatre Tirana, Albania and the National Serbian Theatre Belgrade, Serbia.
Day Two of the Conference: The second day of the conference was dedicated to several parallel workshops and working sessions. In the morning Haris Pašović led a workshop about theatre and uncertainty, and in the afternoon Dick van Dijk from Waag Society Amsterdam involved the workshop participants into an imaginative exercise of integrating digital technologies into a theatre project.

A major conference milestone was the launch of the EU-funded project “European Theatre Lab: Drama Goes Digital”. Bringing together a prominent group of artists, scientists and theatre makers, the European Theatre Lab sets out to test new technologies to expand the boundaries of theatre and bring it to new audiences. The project has received generous funding from the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Project partners include an Advisory Board representing distinguished institutions such as the Waag Society and Ars Electronica, as well as prestigious theatres from around Europe. More information will be available prior to the official launch in Spring 2017.

For the complete program of the event, please go to ETC’s website by clicking
International Theatre Conference in Karlsruhe
6 - 9 April 2017
The next ETC International Theatre Conference will take place between 6 - 9 April 2017 at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.
next premieres and latest theatre productions at european stages
Deutsches Theater Berlin, Germany - This season’s motto: NO ANGST OF NOBODY (KEINE ANGST VOR NIEMAND)
See the complete list of all up and coming premieres this season in clicking here.
Schauspiel Leipzig, Germany - 89/90
After the novel by Peter Richter, directed by Claudia Bauer
The latest performance by Germans director Claudia Bauer "89/90“  pictures the time when the Iron Curtain fell and the boarder between Germany was torn down. The German „Wende“ with all the chaos and anarchy. A time of revolution in which the current atmosphere in German society has its foundation - surprisingly in a very obvious way.
For more information and tickets, click
“MARIN SORESCU” National Theatre of Craiova, Romania - A Month in the Country
Premiere at "Marin Sorescu" National Theatre of Craiova- "A Month in the Country” by Ivan Turgenev
Directed by Cristian Juncu, the show had its opening night on October 8 at 19:00 in the Main Hall.
For more information click
Schauspielhaus Graz, Austria - Milo Rau's EMPIRE and MALENKAYA STRANA (KLEINES LAND)
From an Empire to a small country: Milo Rau's EMPIRE and MALENKAYA STRANA (KLEINES LAND) at the Schauspielhaus Graz. In her solo performance "Malenkaya Strana", Ukranian born actress Tamara Semzov looks back on her Ukranian roots, her arrival in a new culture and asks, what "home" acutally means. Milo Rau's "Empire", the third part of his European-trilogy, is staged October 14 & 15 at the Schauspielhaus Graz.
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Timisoara National Theatre, Romania -
Timişoara - European Capital of Culture in 2021
The Timisoara National Theatre has the great pleasure to announce that Timisoara will be European Capital of Culture in 2021. At the initiative of the National Theatre, Timisoara joined thirteen other Romanian cities in the race for the coveted title. Friday, September 16, Steve Green, president of the expert jury designated by the European Commission announced the winning city - and the winner is, Timisoara!
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ETC’s events are jointly financed by its member theatres.
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Europe Culture Program The ETC project "European Theatre Lab: Drama goes digital" is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Le projet "European Theatre Lab: Drama goes digital" est cofinancé par le programme Europe créative de l'Union européen.
Federal Foreign Office The ETC project "Theatre is Dialogue - Dialogue of Cultures" is co-funded with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office.
Le projet de la CTE "Theatre is Dialogue - Dialogue of Cultures" est cofinancé par le Ministère fédéral des Affaires étrangères
Kulturstiftung des Bundes
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The ETC project "NADIA" is co-funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and developed in cooperation with Allianz Kulturstiftung.
Le projet de la CTE "NADIA" est cofinancé par la Fondation culturelle de l'Etat fédéral et développé en coopération avec la Fondation culturelle d'Allianz