The XXV International Directors' and Trainers' Colloquium will take place from the 3rd to the 7th January in Berlin. The Colloquium is a creative and productive meeting of colleagues from across the world. The Artistic Director of the World Theatre Training Institute, Dr Jurij Alschitz, has suggested as this years's theme, 'The New Role of the Role'.
Nowadays, the work of directors and actors involves little work on the role. Dramatic Theatre has receded behind other forms, such as performative collages, rituals, mysteries, exhibitions and many others. Older actors have forgotten the practice of complicated, nuanced work on the role; younger colleagues' knowledge of this classical approach is at best rudimentary and seldom practised.
But how should we approach our existence on stage? What actually is the role? Precise reflection and in-depth questioning will expand the concept of the role and open up new dimensions for contemporary rehearsal practice and supports the emancipation of the actor as the bearer of meaning on stage.
We want to explore these themes, among others, through collaborative dialogue, practice and training.
The Colloquium will begin online in Autumn with questions and exercises on our online Hybrid Theatre Platform.
At the beginning of the year, this is an exciting opportunity to grapple with new ideas and build new contacts with colleagues, many of which have in the past led to further artistic collaboration.
We look forward to seeing you in Berlin in January!