MINSK, July 2 (Itar-Tass) — Prominent theatre workers, outstanding theatrical companies and influential theatrical organizations from 35 countries had gathered for the 10th World Congress of the International University Theatre Association that opened in Minsk on Monday.
“We are very pleased that the International Organization of University Theatres has chosen our country as the venue for the congress this year. Almost every Belarusian institution of high learning has its own student theatre,” Sergei Ablameiko, the rector of the Belarusian State University, said at the forum’s opening ceremony.
He said that the Belarusian State University has been keeping the tradition of university theatres for the past 90 years. At present, it has two university troupes which are well-known outside Belarus.
Tobias Biancone, the secretary general of UNESCO’s International Theatre Institute, Jean-Marc Larrue, the president of the International University Theatre Association and well-known Russian theatrical critic Pavel Rudnev are the congress’s honorary guests.
Over 200 scholars, stage directors, theatrical critics, professional and student actors will attend master classes and practical classes. Professors from the Belarusian State Academy of Arts, the Sofia University and the Art Institute of California will be their teachers in the next four days.
Thirteen theatrical companies from 11 countries will take part in the 9th ‘Teatralnyi Kufar’ international festival of student theatres to be held on the sidelines of the congress.
The audiences will have a chance to see the most popular productions of the world’s best stage directors. The festival will open with a play “Family” staged by the Central Academy of Drama from China.
All theatrical companies taking part in the festival will participate in the ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ project on the occasion of Belarus’s Independence Day marked on July 3. Productions devoted to the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 will be shown on all festival floors on July 3.
The Moscow State University Theatre will close the festival with its play “Illusion”.
This year, the festival will have an independent jury. The best theatrical troupe will get a Grand Prix.
The festival’s co-organizers are the Belarusian State University and the International Association of University Theatres.