Oct 192015
 

Noel McDonald, from the AITA/IATA National Centre SANCTA – the South African National Community Theatre Association – has sent their latest Newsletter.

This edition’s articles include workshops in a S African prison;  a report on the 10 minute play festival Mpumalanga; fundraising evenings; and a funding application.

There are also tributes to two long-standing members  of SANCTA who sadly, have recently died.

The Newsletter is HERE.

Secretariat AITA/IATA

Sep 192013
 

The Bear, USA, Beverley Lord

Arlekin Players was recognized at the 62nd Annual Convention of the New England Theater Conference in October for their excellent performances in Monaco.

More pictures are on Facebook HERE

Rep. Denise Garlick reads the citation of congratulations to the Arlekin Players of Needham, Massachusetts, USA

Rep. Denise Garlick reads the citation of congratulations to the Arlekin Players of Needham, Massachusetts, USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arlekin Players surrounding the podium in the House of Representatives – 3 October 2013

The Arlekin Players surrounding the podium in the House of Representatives – 3 October 2013

 Representative Denise Garlck, Needam, Massachusetts, USA presents a citation of congratulations to Igor Golyak, Artistic Director of the Arlekin Players. AACT Region 1.  Representative Beverley Lord is on hand to support the well earned accolades. 3 October 2013.

Representative Denise Garlck, Needam, Massachusetts, USA presents a citation of congratulations to Igor Golyak, Artistic Director of the Arlekin Players. AACT Region 1. Representative Beverley Lord is on hand to support the well earned accolades. 3 October 2013.

 

 

 

 

Jul 142010
 

Logo iata 250It was a wonderful experience for me to meet so many delegates, friends and new faces in Monaco. As members and friends of AITA/IATA will expect, it was a very well organised Congress and Festival and all aspects were efficient and framed within a warm welcome and warm hospitality.

Thank you to all those who participated in the Festival.

A few notable features are worth highlighting. Simultaneous translation in the plenary sessions was most helpful and our words both in Congress and the Colloquia were expertly interpreted into and from all three official languages. Continue reading »

Jul 142010
 

Coordinator, Mrs. Helle Hauger, reports about the conclusions emerging from the corresponding break out group in Monaco

As an essential part of AITA/IATA the standing committee for children and youth (SCCY) have a possibility to address the Congress and to lead a session of 2.5 hours during the congress. This time we choose to focus on the 1. World Festival of Youth Theatre since this is the newest world wide AITA/IATA event. For over 9 years this event has been on the agenda for SCCY, and last summer the decision was taken to carry out another kind of festival. Under the theme: Right and Wrong 19 youth theatre groups from 19 different countries was selected among 54 applicants. They met in Vienna 16 – 26 July 2009 to explore this new challenge for young people.

Structure

In the afternoon and evenings the performances were on stage and every morning all the participating actors was in workshops. One person from each theatre group ( 2 leaders in each group ) was asked beforehand to lead a workshop consisting of 16 – 18 young actors in internationally mixed groups. The task was to create and to present a 10 minutes piece of theatre under the theme Right and Wrong to be shown in public the last day of the festival. As part of the project 10 students in theatre and drama from Osnabruck university department in Lingen were invited to be part of the leading team in the workshops. The students together with the young actors had here the possibility in safe surroundings to try out their theory in a concrete practice. This part was lead by an “artistic leader” and a team of very experienced “old people”. So the so called Challenging Theatre Project was a part of the concept.

What happened?

The 19 performances were of high quality and reflected the variety of youth theatre influenced by very different approaches, forms, ways of working and different culture. The content of the performances created discussions in general and inspiration in particular for the work in the workshops. To set free the talent of the young actors in the workshops was the big challenge and a task not without problems. To let the students be facilitators and to create a leading team between the students and the young actor leaders was the crucial point in some workshops but in the end all 10 groups had their performance in Museums Quartier in the center of Vienna. The first world festival of youth theatre was a success! This festival was an experiment: we believed in the power and ability of the young people to create and to work together, we believed in theatre without predictable adult influence. We learned a lot and we will carefully evaluate for the future World Youth Theatre Festivals and see what kind of guidelines can be created.

Outcome from the break out group in Monaco

New ideas were discussed: young technicians, young playwrights, young directors to have the possibilities to work together the same way the young actors did? Or just the creation of meeting places for young people behind the stage.

The interest in discussing and hearing about this first world Festival of Youth Theatre was huge and the outcome for the time being is that there is a serious interest in hosting the 2.nd. World Festival of Youth Theatre in 2011. Also interest was spoken from 2 other countries for the 3. World festival of Youth Theatre in 2013. Having these talks with interested countries is the outmost outcome of this breakout group you can whish.

We wanted to tell the congress what our minds were so occupied and engaged in since this festival and if the good story gives people the wish and courage to take the challenge to host another World Youth Theatre Festival we have indeed achieved a lot in Monaco.