Waiting for a session - 8th World Congress (Leicester)
Waiting for a session - 8th World Congress (Leicester)
Theaterschnittchen Ensemble - Ruhr University Bochum
Theaterschnittchen Ensemble - Ruhr University Bochum

"Celui qui dit oui, celui qui dit non" Théâtre-Etudes de l'INSA de Lyon
Vol.1 No.1 June 1998

Vol.1 No.1 June 1998

University Theatre : Playing a Challenge. Games and Gaming

Because its nature is to speak on man to man, the theatre is no innocent game : throughout the theatre history, one sees the image of the society changes. This applies perfectly well to university theatre ! Its history (as long as the history of the university itself) reflects the changes in society and, in parallel, in university itself.

Originally a theatre of well-read people, true to the university ivory tower, the student theatre has been making breaches for these last fifty years, by opening increasingly to the outside world… as the university of today. One can even assert that, since the sixties, the university theatre has been building up a particular label merely in the theatre world.

Of course, it remains a game, as it must go on giving pleasure, but the university theatre is also an important gaming : for those who practise it, for the research on university theatre, for the theatrical practice outside university, for the vocational training on the arts of stage, for the international and intercultural relationships, particularly through the obvious multiplication of international festivals and of cross-border joint productions.

The consciousness of this gaming and its importance as training tool led an increasing number of higher education schools worldwide to assign a more and more important place to theatre – purely amateur or pre-vocational – sometimes even including it into the general education courses, even in the scientific departments.

This consciousness also generated the International University Theatre Association which was created in Liège in 1994 and which will hold its third World Congress in Dakar in November 99. At the end of the founding Congress in Liège, I said : By creating here the IUTA, we created a crossroad. Now, we have to create movement… inside this crossroad. If we were all in Valleyfield, more numerous even than in Liège, it means that there has been some movement.

The movement must be speed up, to make a bigger step ahead. In this respect, we surely have to better define the respective tasks within the Executive Committee, which would help the different commissions we dreamed of (means, information,...) to progress concretely. And also to issue this periodical information bulletin which will be a connection between all of us… and the others. We are on the right track. Let’s go ahead.

Robert Germay, IUTA’s president

Vladimir Sirikov, an active member of the IUTA and director of French courses at the Institut français of Kiev, in the Ukraine, left us suddenly and prematurely in April – only a few days after the end of the Kiev International Francophone Festival, of which he was the founder and director. We remember him as a warm, extremely likeable and efficient colleague and we are convinced that the Festival to which he gave so much will continue thanks to the strong impetus he provided.

The International University Theatre Association (IUTA) devoted its second World Congress to the analysis of theatre as it is taught and practiced in universities. The theme of the gathering, «Studying Theatre : Research, Training and Creation», provided scholars, creators, practitioner-scholars and teachers from academic institutions throughout the world with an opportunity to think collectively about the close ties that now exist between universities and theatre in the areas of theoretical research, creation and training (of practitioners, theorists, teachers, practitioner/scholars and amateurs).

In order to cover the full range of university practice, the Congress set up two kinds of scholarly presentation, demonstration workshops and papers, with the workshops including a more significant practical element than the papers. Both types of presentation were grouped under three headings : Theatre and Training, Creative Practices, and Theory and Theoretical Research.


The Executive Committee held its semi-annual meeting on February 28, 1998, during the 15th Rencontres internationales de Théâtre universitaire in Liège.

The agenda for the meeting included six points : legal status of the IUTA, financial report, report on the Second World Congress, IUTA internal and external communications, preparation of the Third World Congress and the IUTA’s Regional Centre for the Balkans.

The major decisions arising from the meeting involved the Third World Congress and the IUTA Regional Centre for the Balkans. The President of the IUTA, Robert Germay, reported on meetings and discussions with official representatives of the Balkans. Milousha Bojinova is responsible for coordinating the Regional Centre.


The IUTA now has a Web site on the Internet. It is an interactive site at which users can both give and receive information in all three official languages. The site, which is continuously evolving, includes the following headings:

1. Description of the IUTA
2. History, tasks, executive committee:
2.1 Objectives
2.2 Liège Charter
2.3 Executive
3. Membership form
4. General news
5. Newsletter
6. World Congress
7. Photographs – multimedia

Address of the IUTA Web site :

Held as part of the 15th Rencontres internationales de théâtre universitaire de Liège, the colloquium dealt with the following theme : «Practical Work in the University Courses». Participants from a variety of countries focused on the articulation between academic programs and theatrical practice in a university theatre environment. Two sessions were organized : «Practical Work in the University Courses» and «University in the Service of Practice».

Organizers are making every effort to publish the results of this highly productive exchange.


The Congress Organizing Committee received registration forms from 45 different countries. In all, 35 countries were actually represented at the Congress : Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, the Ivory Coast, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Participants from Quebec : 124
Participants from elsewhere in Canada : 32
Participants from other countries : 186
Student participants : 127
Participants from the world of professional theatre : 32
Participants from the academic world : 171
Others : 12


Scholarly activities :

Number of scholarly lectures : 6
Number of public (non-scholarly) lectures : 73
International forums : 15

Activités autres :

Nombre de conférences publiques (non scientifiques) : 4
Forums internationaux : 2
Événements spéciaux : 9
···············Spectacle de l’Opéra de Pékin (deux représentations-démonstrations)
···············Deux lecture publiques
···············Trois représentations théâtrales : – The Orpheus Project – La Sélection – Los Conquistadores de la frontera norte
···············Visite du Théâtre du Nouveau monde à Montréal et rencontre avec Lorraine Pintal
···············Visite de la Caserne à Québec et rencontre avec Robert Lepage


Proceedings of the Valleyfield/Quebec City World Congress, currently in preparation, will be published in late 1998 or early 1999 and will include articles in all three languages. Indications on how to obtain a copy of the proceedings will be provided in the fall Newsletter and on the IUTA Web site.


A preparatory meeting took place in Liège on March 1, 1998. The IUTA’s Third World Congress will take place in Dakar, Senegal, on November 22-26, 1999. The theme of the Congress will be : University Theatre and Professional Training at the Dawn of the Third Millennium.

Ousmane Diakhate will coordinate organization of the Congress. More details on this event will be provided in the fall issue of the IUTA Newsletter and on the IUTA Web site as of October 1998.


If you have information or comments that you would like to see published in this newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact us through our Web site or by regular mail.

Le Bulletin est une publication semestrielle de l’Association internationale du théâtre à l’université (AITU-IUTA). Son but est d’informer ses membres et toutes les personnes intéressées des activités et projets de l’Association. La reproduction du contenu de ce numéro est encouragée à condition qu’il soit clairement indiqué qu’il provient du Bulletin de l’AITU.

Coordination du Bulletin : André Brassard, Jean-Marc Larrue et Luis Thenon
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