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IATC young critics' seminar in Cluj, Romania, November 29 to December 5, 2014 - Report

IATC was proud and pleased to hold an international young critics' seminar between November 29 and December 5 during the 2014 Interferences Festival in Cluj, Romania. Working in two groups (one speaking English, the other French), monitored by experienced critics Mark Brown (from Scotland, UK) and Jean-Pierre Han (from France), the seminar involved 20 young critics from across Europe; from Georgia, Russia and, of course, Romania in the east, to Spain, Italy and France
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The International Association of Theatre Critics (AICT-IATC) extends its deepest sympathies to the victims of the January 7 terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. This act of senseless violence is a chilling assault on freedom of expression. For those who practice the profession of criticism, free expression is the air that sustains our life's work. Vicious attacks such as these threaten not only our daily work but also demand that we stand firm in the face of those who would
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Three books by IATC Honorary President John Elsom have been re-published

(1) Post-War British Theatre
(2) Post-War British Theatre Criticism
(3) Cold War Theatre
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Message from the Turkish Association of Theatre Critics

This message was received in French. Please turn to the French section of this site to read it. ...
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Georges Banu, laureate of the French Academy

President of the IATC from 1994 to 2001, Georges Banu received on June 26, 2014, the Grand Prix of Francophonie (French-speaking countries) for his overall achievement. We see him receiving his diploma from the perpetual secretary of the Academy, Mrs Hélène
Carrère d'Encausse.
IATC 27th congress in Beijing completed
Beijing, China, October 2014

We arrived from all continents on the globe: theatre critics from journalism, scholarly theatre critics, and everything in between. We were young writers and veterans who publish on paper, for blogs, for social media. One hundred critics gathered in Beijing, China, for the 27th World Congress of the International Association of Theatre Critics. It was a busy and inspiring meeting organised by the China Centre of the International Association of Theatre Critics, which was generously
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  New books
  New websites
New edition eWAT
- English anthology of the best articles published in theatre magazine Svet a divadlo
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Website of the UK Critics' Circle

ATCA's blogspot

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More Glimpses of the Theatre, More Glimpses of the World, the new book by Kalina Stefanova, is an account of a ten-year
journey in the world of the theatre and the theatre of the world alike. It's a sequel of Going to the Theatre around the World
which covered the previous 10 years. Together they form a vivid and in-depth two-volume survey of contemporary world theatre
from 1993 till 2013.

Още театър, още свят
Калина Стефанова

Publisher: Uniskorp, Sofia
Publishing year: 2013
Language: Bulgarian
Paperback / 272 pages
ISBN - 9789543303731
  AWARDS - Kapila Vatsyayan for the IATC Thalia Prize  

Kapila Vatsyayan
It is our pleasure to announce the Thalia Prize laureate Ms. Kapila Vatsyayan, Ph.D, India. This prize of honour will be handed over during the 2012 congress of the IATC in Warszaw in April.
Kapila Vatsyayan is one of India's most important writers on the subject of Indian Theatre and Indian Dance. To theatre lovers in the Western world her writing has opened new windows to Indian performing arts, early in her work popularizing Indian performing arts and multi-culturalism. Born in 1928, she has lived a life dedicated to the arts generally and to theatre and dance in particular. Her influence as a scholar and critic of Asian theatre has been deep and exemplar and deserves wide recognition.
She has authored 15 books which have become classics in the field, such as Classical Indian Dance in Literature and the Arts (Sangeet Natak Akademi, 1968), Indian Classical Dance (SNA, 1972), Traditional Indian Theatre: Multiple Streams (NBT, 1972), Traditions of Indian Folk Dance (Clarion, 1975), The Square and the Circle of Indian Arts Roli, 1983, Bharata - The Natyashastra (Sahitya Akademi, 1996) and numerous volumes on Indian regional dance. Her writings  through the 70s and 80s particularly put the entire area of Indian dance and theatre on the world map and she has been a leading figure in this area ever since. In the decades ot the 20th century when globalisation and multi-culturalism was highly influential on the stages of the western world her clear analysis and insightful understanding of the Indian tradition enlighted the way to true exchange avoiding ”cultural tourism”.
A long-time director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre of the Arts in New Delhi,  she has worked closely with the Indian government in a variety of areas as a Government Secretary in cultural development.  Since 2004, she has been a member of Unesco's Executive Board and earlier taught at major universities around ther world including the Universities of Pennsylvania, California and Michigan as well as at Banaras Hindu University, Manipur University and Kolkata University in India. She has lectured in China, Japan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Russia, France and the UK. She has been awarded numerous honorary doctorates and has been awarded India's highest honour, a Padamshri.

Margareta Sörenson's speech >........... Kapila Vatsyayan's Acceptance speech on the occasion of the award of Thalia Prize >
Invitation to the IATC Thalia Award handed over to Dr Kapila Vatsyayan in Delhi, on June 6th, 2012. > > >

The IATC draws together more than two thousand theatre critics, through some fifty National Sections. Founded in Paris in 1956, the IATC is a non-profit, Non-Governmental Organization benefitting under statute B of UNESCO.

The purpose of the IATC is to bring together theatre critics in order to promote international cooperation. Its principal aims are to foster theatre criticism as a discipline and to contribute to the development of its methodological bases; to protect the ethical and professional interests of theatre critics and to promote the common rights of all its members; and to contribute to reciprocal awareness and understanding between cultures by encouraging international meetings and exchanges in the field of theatre in general.

The IATC holds a world congress every two years, seminars for young critics twice a year, as well as symposiums, and contributes to juries. English and French are the association's two official languages, and its place of incorporation is Paris.

Please send any post mail either to the president, to the secretary general or, for subscriptions and payment of dues, to the general treasurer.

  President - Ms Margareta Sörenson
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