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Open Call for Performances, Lectures and Workshops
The International Dance Committee IDC is organizing the International Dance Symposium which will take place during the 35th ITI World Congress, in collaboration with the Spanish Centre of ITI, the Alicia Alonso Dance Foundation, the Municipality of Segovia and the Municipality of Royal Site of San Ildefonso.
The International Dance Symposium of IDC is part of the 35th ITI World Congress, held from 17 to 22 July 2017. The activities of the Symposium will take place from 18 to 20 July 2017, in Segovia and the Royal Site of San Ildefonso.
The theme of the Symposium is “The city is our stage; the stage is our nature”. The purpose of the Symposium is to highlight the relationship between the artist and his/her natural or urban environment.
The application deadline is 15 May 2017. For more information please contact: alma.llerena(at)
>>Open Call for the International Dance Symposium 2017
>>Application form for the Dance Performances
>>Application form for the Lectures
>>Application form for the Workshops
International Dance Day 2017 Message author
The message author of 2017 Trisha Brown US born dancer, choreographer and artistic director of the Trisha Brown Company.
It is with great sorrow that we share the news that Trisha Brown, dancer, choreographer and dance theorist (as well as International Dance Day message author 2017), died on March 18th after a lengthy illness. As one of the most acclaimed and influential choreographers and dancers of her time, Trisha’s ground-breaking work forever changed the landscape of art. Her passing signifies a great loss to dance and the performing arts. We are sure that everyone associated with ITI will join us in expressing our grief and sadness at the news of Trisha Brown's death. She will never be forgotten by lovers of dance and the performing arts.
2017 International Dance Day Summit
We are happy to announce that this year, the International Dance Day will be held in Shanghai. This is the first time that the International Theatre Institute, together with the International Dance Committee and the Shanghai Theatre Academy will organize a 3-day event, from 27 to 29 April 2017. As part of those 3 days, educational activities will take place such as Workshops (on Friday 28 April and Saturday 29 April), Work presentations, Round tables, but also keynote speeches (on Thursday 27 April at the Fosun Art Centre, 600, Zhongshan Road (E-2)). For this occasion, more than 30 specialists are invited from all over the world. The detailed programme will be uploaded soon!
Call for application
With a history of over 70 years, Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA) is a leading comprehensive university of arts in China, which has made outstanding achievements in theatre arts education and research. STA is seeking specialists from around the world who can be part of and contribute alongside our existing fraternity of specialists who are at the vanguard of performing arts studies. >>For more information please click here. The application deadline is 30 April 2017.
Summer School 2017
The Shanghai Theatre Academy is running a Summer school from 15 June to 16 July 2017. The students will study three courses: Chinese opera, Chinese culture, and/or Chinese language. The main course is traditional Chinese opera, which is composed of the learning of Chinese opera steps and movements, water sleeve routines, spear and sword routines, and selected scene work. Supporting courses in Chinese culture and language are offered to help students better understand the essence of Chinese culture. >>For more information please click here. The application deadline is 15 April 2017.
Croatian Theatre and Dance Showcase
The Croatian ITI Centre is honoured to invite you to the 12th edition of the Croatian Theatre and Dance Showcase. The Showcase will be held from 20 to 25 April 2017, in two cities: Zagreb and Rijeka. Please note the mentioned dates.
>>Please click here for the programme
MA Programme in Intercultural Communication Studies
The Shanghai Theatre Academy is looking for applicants for their MA Programme in Intercultural Communication Studies. Applicants are expected to have a strong interest in Chinese culture and intercultural communications in any academic and/or artistic field, including but not limited to, performing arts, performance studies, literature and all forms of the media. STA’s bilingual (Chinese and English) MA programme in Intercultural Communication Studies recruits excellent students with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from top international and Chinese universities. >>For more information please please click here.
Call for application for a Master in Arts of Theatre / Physical Theatre
The Master’s degree programme of the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in Verscio is aimed at professionals and graduates of the performing arts. The Master’s program focusses on the process of theatrical creation and artistic reflection, and provides time for the development and realisation of an individual project for the stage. The training, structured modularly and composed of workshops, courses, and seminars, allows each student to develop their own expressive capacity in terms of composition and theatrical creation, to enable them to cultivate their own aptitude for theatrical reflection and self-criticism. The application deadline is 30 April 2017. For more information please contact: corinna.vitale(at) or silviana.vogt(at)
Call for Papers for the Conference ‘I laugh, therefore I think’: The Power of Comedy in the Twenty-first Century
Organized by the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) in the framework of the Comedy Festival of Bucharest (FestCo), on 2 and 3 June, the conference ‘I laugh, therefore I think’: The Power of Comedy in the Twenty-first Century invites critics and scholars from around the world to discuss the meaning of stage comedy in the twenty-first century, between local specificity and the global context. Please send your abstracts (no more than 250 words) to soerenson(at) and octavian_saiu(at) before 21 April 2017.
Punto Cadeneta Punto
Umbral Teatro is organizing the second version of PUNTO CADENETA PUNTO (Encuentro Iberoamericano de Dramaturgia) to be held in Bogota, Brazil, from 1 to 8 December. It will be a week in which playwrights, actors, directors, musicians and writers meet to celebrate and discuss Dramaturgy, with workshops, colloquiums, lectures, dramatic readings, etc. Attendees will consist of theatre professionals from all over America, which shows the importance of Punto Cadeneta Punto as a prestigious space for meetings and high-level training, and show it to be a key contributor to the development of dramaturgy in the region.
Twenty playwrights from six countries - Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Spain - will be attending.
Showcase Weekend
The German Centre of ITI (ITI Zentrum Deutschland) is happy to welcome 30 international students (theatre studies, stage design, dramaturgy, performance studies etc.) to a showcase weekend at MÜNCHNER KAMMERSPIELE from 10 to 12 March 2017, in Munich. Please find below the programme and the application, deadline is 31st of January. Apply now! Program: Application form:
International Artistic Cooperation for the Performing Arts
Applications for the International artistic cooperation for the Performing Arts run by the German Centre of ITI together with the Robert Bosch Foundation are now open. The German Centre is looking for cooperation projects that address prevailing social themes and change and manifest them in a joint artistic response. Applications can be submitted until 15 February 2017 online in German and English. Partners from North African or Eastern European countries should submit their application together with a partner from the German-speaking world. >>For more information please click here
18th International Translators’ Workshop, Mülheim
Together with Mülheim’s “Stücke” festival, the International Theatre Institute (ITI Germany) is inviting translators of German plays to a workshop during the festival in Mülheim from 12 to 21 May 2017. Please send your application (in German) via e-mail with a bibliography and information about your professional background before February 10 to a.zagorski(at) >>For more information please click here
Call for Participation
The Chinese Centre of ITI is now calling for the participation of the first meeting of The Traditional Performing Arts Forum (TPAF), which will be held on from 18 to 22 June in Yinchuan, China.
Events will include traditional theatre information exchange, discussion and networking, Chinese "Xiqu" workshops, international workshops on traditional performing arts, and free access to the plays of the 15th China Theater Festival during the stay in Yinchuan.
TPAF looks forward to the participation of the traditional theatre practitioners, scholars and leaders or delegates from ITI Centres.
>>For more information, please click here or write to ctawangling(at) or pangjinlai(at) before 20 February.
New ITI Website
In collaboration with Futura Communication the ITI Headquarters have worked on a new ITI Webiste, in the last three month. Explore the universe of ITI and give us a feedback.

>Letter Introducing the new ITI Website
35th ITI World Congress
The Executive Council of ITI is proud to announce that the next edition of the ITI World Congress will be held in Segovia, in Spain from 14 to 22 July 2017

From 14 to 16 July there will be a Theatre School Festival, General Assembly and Opening Ceremony is on 17 July. Closing Ceremony 22 July.

More detailed information soon.
International Directors and Trainers Colloquium
Dr. Jurij Alschitz invites for his annual artistic meeting in Berlin, from 4 to 8 January 2017, all colleagues interested to discuss a new dimension of theatre training:
A ground-breaking innovation called 40/40 - forty days for forty years - using the tools of hybrid education for theatre practice with a new approach of creating knowledge and changing mindset.
For more information please visit: or >>click here
From 27 to 29 October 2016, a series of activities were held in the campus of the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, which included keynote speeches, workshops (covering almost all the field of the stage art: stage design, make-up, sound design, light design, multimedia, set design, stage technique, cultural heritage, etc.), lectures and the presentation of the iSTAN Lifetime achievement award which was given to the Swedish stage artist: Gunilla Palmstierna-Weiss.
For more information please visit: or contact Chen Zhongwen, Director for Collaborations of ITI: chen.zhongwen(at)
International Fadjr Theatre Festival
We are pleased to announce that the Dramatic Arts Centre of Iran will hold the 35th International Fadjr Theatre Festival from the 20-31 January, 2017, in Tehran.
You can submit any new productions your theatre company is undertaking to be considered for inclusion at the festival. The festival’s main theme focusses on the use of technology & new methods in theatre, and adjudicators will prioritise entries relevant to this topic for admittance. However, the organisers are open to performances which touch on other themes. If you are interested, please fill in the application form below. Be aware that the application should reach the secretariat of the festival by the deadline on the 22nd November 2016. For more information please write to: dramatic.artcenter.iran(at) >>application form of Fadjr Theatre Festival
Theatre Born in Conflict Zones
The International Theatre Institute, under UNESCO, launched project called “Theatre Born in Conflict Zones” all over the world to achieve peace through the performing arts.
As part of the “Theatre Yearbook” special projects, our Japan Centre has been acting in concert with this project and has carried out “Theatre Born in Conflict Zones” activities since 2009. This is the 8th production of the “Theatre Born in Conflict Zones” in Japan, and we would like to contribute to the promotion of peacebuilding operations between countries. The production period is from 14 to 18 December. For more information about the programme please >>click here
2017 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama
The Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Cyprus Centre of the International Theatre Institute, and the Cyprus Tourism Organization are pleased to announce the “2017 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama”, which will be held during the entire month of July 2017, in Cyprus.
All proposals from theatre groups or individuals expressing interest in participating in the 2017 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama should be submitted using the form available at The deadline for submissions is January 16, 2017. For more information please visit the festivals website or write to ccoiti(at)
Call for participation
The Dramatic Art Centre of Tehran, Iran, is organizing an International Seminar On “Theatre and the capacity of independent department” from 5-7 March 2017 in Tehran.
Any person who wishes to attend this seminar (which will be delivered in Persian/English), please declare your interest to the seminar secretariat before December 21 2016 at dramatic.artcenter.iran(at)
For more information, please >>click here
Croatian Theatre and Dance Showcase
The Croatian ITI Centre is honoured to invite you to the 12th edition of the Croatian Theatre and Dance Showcase. The Croatian Theatre Showcase 2017 will be held from 20 to 25 April 2017, in two cities: Zagreb and Rijeka. Please note the mentioned dates and soon we'll give you more information about the programme and production conditions.
The Croatian ITI Centre also presents to you the 25th edition of its dance magazine Movements. The topic is “What makes a performance dance and contemporary?” On the following link you can find online editions of previous Movements:
Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts
On July 15th 2016 : Opening of the Information Centre of the Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts in Moscow, Russia
The Raykin Higher Education Institution of Moscow has been appointed as the Information Centre" of the ITI / UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts.
On 15th July this was celebrated with a Press Conference in Moscow.
Fore more information about the Network, please contact: Dimitry Trubotchkin, trubotchkin(at), or Chen Zhongwen, chen.zhongwen(at)
Call for Collaboration with the Theatre Department of Universidade de Estado do Amazonas
The situation in Brazil and Manaus not only hit culture, but also arts education. The teachers and students of the Theatre Department of Universidade de Estado do Amazonas were extremely disappointed that the workshop programme of the Congress did not happen. They need your support. Please write to the leader, Annie Martins, from the Universidad de Estado do Amazonas, if you see any possibility of offering a workshop. Email:
12th edition of the Shakespeare Festival in Yerevan
This year from 22nd to October 28th 2016, the Armenian Centre of ITI will organize the 12th edition of the Shakespeare Festival in Yerevan. The festival will be opened with an international project of the Dramatic Theatre Committee of ITI “The Tempest”. All ITI Members are invited to join the festival as participants with their Shakespeare performances. You can send the brief information about your theatre company and the synopsis of the play, along with the link to video of the play to sitfarmenia(at) till August 15th 2016. The results will be announced on August 20th 2016.
The Importance of Regional Councils
Regional Councils are important for the development of ITI. They are regional collaboration body that enables for the Centres and Cooperating Members of the region to exchange information, to coordinate activities and projects, to help each other by showing “best practices” and to scout for new Centres in the region. That is why the Executive Council, its president and vice-presidents plan to organize regional councils in the near future, preferably before the ITI World Congress.
The Arab Regional Council happenend on February 23, in Fujairah
The Regional Council for Asia / Pacific is planned for 28 March, after the World Theatre Day celebration in Guangzhou / China, by the Chinese Centre of ITI. The European Regional Council is planned to happen at the end of March or beginning of May in Lecce / Italy, on the initiative of the Italian Centre of ITI. The African Centres meet regularly and the Centres of the Americas (North, South and Central America) might meet before the Congress as well.
Relocation of ITI Headquarters to Shanghai and the ITI Office at UNESCO
Moving from Paris to Shanghai.First of all I would like to clarify that we still have an office at UNESCO. We moved from the UNESCO Office of ITI into a smaller (and cheaper) office space in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, Bonvin Building, Room 9.44. The address is the same: UNESCO, 1 Rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France. This is still the official address of ITI. ITI still is registered in France. The office is used when the members of the General Secretariat are in Paris for meetings or for the International Dance Day in April this year. Account in France: All the contributions of the ITI Centres and Cooperating Members go, to keep it simple, to the same account as usual, Société Générale. The relocation of the General Secretariat to Shanghai is now completed. After sending all the material to Shanghai, handing over the archive of ITI to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France BNF where the information is easily accessible to all interested persons such as ITI Members, academics and students from all over the world, etc., emptying the old office spaces and moving the furniture and materials needed in France to the new office, ITI officially was welcomed by the Shanghai Municipality, the Shanghai Theatre Academy and the Jing´an District in a provisory office at the beginning of April.
The Development of the New Team in Shanghai
As you were informed in March the Paris staff do no longer work for ITI. This meant that a new team in Shanghai had to be built up.
CHEN Zhongwen was the first staff that was employed for the General Secretariat, in April. Originally from Shanghai, she lived in France for 8 years. She did her master degree in education in France. Before she left to France she worked in Xinhua News Agency Shanghai Branch and afterwards established a private school in Shanghai. That means she is well acquainted with the procedures in China, and a very good asset for ITI. The participants of the last Congress met her there as a photographer. She has the post of Assistant of the DG / Director for Collaborations. She also is responsible for the Accounts, Budget and Collaboration with the Shanghai Theatre Academy and the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. She speaks Chinese, English and French. Email: chen.zhongwen(at)
TANG Yiming is a Chinese staff. He holds the post as ITI Establishing Officer. He work for different organizations connected with the performing arts, and a event management agency. For ITI he is helping to establish the organization, takes care of new international staff when they arrive in Shanghai, translates from Chinese to English and English to Chinese at events and at meetings. He started to work in autumn last year. info(at)
GUO Ping is a Chinese staff. She is well versed in accounting and purchasing and is doing all the thousand things that have to be done with dealing with finances, receipts, accounting, and all the regulations that are legally mandatory for finances and purchases. She worked for different big companies and organizations before she joined ITI mid-2015. She speaks Chinese and is currently improving her English. Email:
Malory DOMECYN es from France. She is the ITI Communications Officer and just started working for ITI, part time, after her return from Hong Kong to Shanghai. She did two master degrees one in United Kingdom and one in France. She started working in Shanghai and then in Hong Kong. She is doing translations from English to French and is currently introduced in part of the huge communication tasks that ITI has to develop for being a highly professional world organization for the performing arts. Email: malory.domecyn(at)