In Memoriam - Petar Selem

Petar Selem PhD (1936 - 2015), Croatian historian, theatre critic and stage director. Former President of the International Association
of Theatre Critics ...
The Critic is Present Or: Toward an Embodied Criticism
Novi Sad and Belgrade, Serbia, September 16th -20th, 2015

The traditional International Symposium of Theatre Critics and Theatre Scholars took place from 16th to 20th September 2015 in Novi Sad and Belgrade (Serbia), organized by Sterijino Pozorje, in collaboration with the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC/AICT) and
Bitef (Belgrade). ...
In Memoriam - Üstün Akmen

We received the following announcement about the death of the president of the IATC Turkish section:

Dear Friends and colleagues,
We are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend and colleague Üstün Akmen. He died at the age of 72 of a heart attack. He was a warm person, a man full of courage and deeply committed. He was my successor as President of the Turkish Theatre Critics Association,
we had worked together for the last 40 years! ...
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The IATC executive committee in Malmö

The Executive Committee (Excom) of the IATC was in Malmö, Sweden, for its spring 2015 meeting, from 26-31 May, hosted by the Swedish
Biennial for Performing Arts directed by Ann-Mari Engel. ...
The 15th International Symposium of Theatre Critics and Theatre Scholars - Invitation
Novi Sad and Belgrade, Serbia, September 16th -20th, 2015

The traditional International Symposium of Theatre Critics and Theatre Scholars will be held on September 17th and 18th 2015 in Novi Sad (Serbia), organized by Sterijino Pozorje, the Festival of National Drama and Theatre, in collaboration with the International Association of
Theatre Critics (IATC/AICT) and Bitef (Belgrade) ...
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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 - Eugenio Barba Named Winner of the IATC Thalia Prize 2014  
The Executive Committee of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC/AICT) is pleased to announce that the winner of its fifth Thalia Prize for Critical Writing is Eugenio Barba, theoretician, director, and founder of Odin Teatret in Denmark. The prize will be given in Beijing during the 27th World Congress of the IATC in October, 2014.

Eugenio Barba is one of the world’s most important writers on the subject of theatre anthropology. For critics and actors in the Western world, his writing opened new windows to acting, especially in relationship to Eastern tradition. His early works particularly popularized achievements of the Grotowski Laboratory and new methods of actor training. He formed a Scandinavian laboratory theatre called Odin Teatret/Nordic Teatrlaboratorium (1964), which still operates in Holstebro, Denmark; and he founded the International School of Theatre Anthropology (ISTA) in 1979.

Eugenio Barba (Photo: Tommy Bay)
Eugenio Barba was born in 1936 in Brindisi, Southern Italy. His family's socioeconomic situation changed drastically as a result of World War II. In 1954, Barba emigrated to Norway, where he worked as a welder and sailor. He went to Poland in 1961 after receiving a UNESCO scholarship to study at the state theatre school in Warsaw. Between 1962 and 1964, he worked with the Laboratory Theatre, assisting Jerzy Grotowski in his work on Akropolis by Stanislaw Wyspianski and Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe. Based on these experiences, he wrote his first book dedicated to Grotowski’s theatre – Alla ricerca del teatro perduto (In Search of a Lost Theatre, Padua 1965). In 1963 Barba traveled to India where he studied Kathakali, a theatre form which was unknown in the West at that time.

Barba has directed dozens of productions with Odin Teatret and Theatrum Mundi Ensemble including My Father’s House (1972), Come! And the Day Will Be Ours (1976), Brecht’s Ashes (1980), The Gospel According to Oxyrhincus (1985), Talabot (1988), Kaosmos (1993), Mythos (1998), Andersen's Dream (2005), Ur-Hamlet (2006), The Chronic Life (2011).

The first ISTA session took place in Bonn in 1980. The most recent one was organized in collaboration with the Grotowski Center and took place in Krzyzowa and Wroclaw in April 2005. In his essay, Eurasian Theatre, or a chance, Barba writes, “ISTA allows me to gather theatre masters from the West and Asia, compare extremely diverse work methods and reach for the common ground of technique – common for the work of West and East, common for ‘laboratory’ and traditional theatre, mime, ballet or contemporary dance.”

Barba has published many essays and books. Among his most recent publications, translated into many languages, are The Paper Canoe (Routledge), Theatre: Solitude, Craft, Revolt (Black Mountain Press), Land of Ashes and Diamonds: My Apprenticeship in PolandFollowed by 26 letters from Jerzy Grotowski to
Eugenio Barba (Black Mountain Press), Arar el cielo (Casa de las Americas, Havana), La conquista de la diferencia (Yuyachkani/San Marcos Editorial, Lima), On Dramaturgy and Directing: Burning the House (Routledge), and, in collaboration with Nicola Savarese, The Secret Art of the Performer: A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology (Routledge).

Barba has been awarded 11 honorary doctorates for his artistic and scientific work from various universities including: Århus (Denmark), Ayacucho (Peru), Bologna (Italy), Havana (Cuba), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Edinburgh (Great Britain), Hong Kong (China), and Warsaw (Poland). He is also the recipient of the Danish Academy Award, the Mexican Theatre Critics’ prize and the Pirandello International Prize. He is member of the editorial boards of journals such as: TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies, New Theatre Quarterly, Performance Research, and Teatro e Storia.

Previous honorees of the Thalia Prize have been Eric Bentley (2006) and Richard Schechner (2010) of the United States, Jean-Pierre Sarrazac (2008) of France and Kapila Vatsyayan (2012) of India.
  AWARDS - Kapila Vatsyayan for the IATC Thalia Prize 2012  

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.

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