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The UTE General Assembly | Vienna

On the 14 and 15 November 2015, the UTE member representatives will meet in Vienna to attend the General Assembly of the UTE.
Held twice a year, UTE General Assemblies bring together all the UTE members’ representatives, in order to discuss and vote major decisions regarding the future of the network. UTE members reflect on today’s most relevant topics, the role of the theatre and the UTE network in this context, they discuss the UTE programme, suggest activities, projects, vote on important administrative and legal questions.
This November the General Assembly will take place at the Volkstheater Wien, in the context of a special artistic programme, the SERBIAN NOVEMBER, dealing with the the facets of immigration, with an emphasis on Serbian migration to Vienna, including guest-performances, a round-table, a conference and a movie. 


14 November 2015
Refugee Movement and Right-Wing Populism
A public event with academic specialists and UTE members

by Vuk Torbica

15 November 2015
UTE General Assembly
A UTE event for UTE members only

Serbian November | Serbischer November
at the Volkstheater Wien 

13 - 16 November 2015 

The Serbian November will take place at the Volkstheater Vienna, the Volx/Margareten and the Rote Bar. There will be shown the plays Katzelmacher/Žabar from Rainer Werner Fassbinder (directed by: Bojana Lazić), Der Verblichene/Pokojnik by Branislav Nušić (directed by: Igor Vuk Torbica) and the motion picture No One's Child/Nicije dete from Vuk Ršumović and Aleksandra Zec from Oliver Frljić.

Round Table in the context of the UTE-programme CONFLICT ZONES will treat refugee movement and right-wing populism â€œFlüchtlingsbewegung und Rechtspopulismus". Speakers are Chantal Mouffe, Anton Pelinka, Karim El-Gawhary, Matti Bunzl, Daniela Pichler, Ibrahim Amir and Michael Genner, moderated by Corinna Milborn.

The Young Volkstheater will present the project Die Sprache der Anderen/The language of the others with Students from Belgrade and Vienna that examines the issues language and future.


More info here
Photo from Pokojnik ©  JDP 

News from our UTE member theatres

Vienna, Austria 

By Gerhard Fritsch
Directed by Anna Badora
Premiere: 5 September 2015

With Anna Badora’s relocation as an artistic director from Schauspielhaus Graz to Volkstheater Vienna the UTE welcomes a new member theatre at the heart of the Austrian capital.
A promising season has been inaugurated with the Austrian premiere of ‘Fasching’: After twelve years, Felix Golub returns to the town where he had hidden as a deserter. A mysterious baroness had rescued the 17 year-old at the time, by apparently following an old law: “The coward is to be disguised in women’s clothing”. Felix hated his life-saving female part, but used it cleverly in order to persuade the amorous Nazi-commander to an unconditional surrender. Thereby Felix saved the town in April 1945 from devastation… After returning from Russian war captivity, he is not welcomed as a homecomer or hero but is made by the inhabitants of the village into a laughing stock. 

On stage: 16 & 26 October / 
19 & 20 November

Alte Meister | Old Masters
By Thomas Bernhard
Directed by DuÅ¡an David Pařízek
Premiere: 18 October

The famous novel of Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard is about an older man, visiting the Kunsthistorische Museum in Vienna every second day in order to find a fault in Tintorettos painting Weißbärtiger Mann. Another man, a so called private scholar, meets him there, listens and learns from him. Thomas Bernhard’s figures enter into a relationship characterized by mutual dependence and outdoing. 
At the Volkstheater, the novel will be shown in a version of director and stage designer Dušan David Pařízek who was awarded director and stage designer of the year by the prestigious journal “Theater heute“.

On stage: 17, 20, 21, 24, 25 October / 5, 6, 13, 17, 27 November

Zu ebener Erde und erster Stock
by Johann Nestroy
Directed by Susanne Lietzow
Premiere: 21 November 2015 - 19.30

The typical Viennese buffoonery takes place in an apartment house, where two unlike families live: one of a rich speculator, one of a poor merchant. Of course, love blows up all those boundaries at last. The Austrian director Susanne Lietzow puts on stage this piece about hierarchy, mastery and how conditions change.

On stage: 22, 25, 26 November / 31 December 

by Yael Ronen and Ensemble
Directed by: Yael Ronen
Premiere: 18 December 2015

The Viennese youth has a long history of fighting the wars of other people: they moved away to fight in the Spanish civil war as well as they now do for the IS. But why do young people leave their homes and families to join combats in other countries? This is the question that Israeli director Yael Ronen wants to investigate with her ensemble. She is famous for this way of working: her plays always arise at the rehearsals, on stage and in the group.

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Luxembourg, Luxembourg

The Gulf (between you and me)
A Triptych | Creation
Texts: Pierre Joris
Staging: Andreas Wagner
Opening night: 23 October 2015 at 20.00
A few months after the 20th April 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico and the ensuing disastrous oil spill - the largest and most destructive in recorded history -, Donald Nally, the conductor of the Philadelphia based chamber choir The Crossing commissioned Pierre Joris to compose three texts for their 2013 Month of Moderns project, The Gulf (between you and me).
Simultaneously, he asked the composers Gene Coleman, Chris Jonas and Gabriel Jackson to write music for these texts. The work premiered in June 2013 in Philadelphia over the course of three weekends. Now, the work will be heard in Europe for the first time.
The Gulf (between you and me) explores how we seem to hear what the earth is saying to us with the same sad inability with which we often listen to those we most love. William Saroyan wrote: "The intention of art has always been to deepen, extend, elevate, ennoble, strengthen, and refresh the experience of living. It cannot begin to do these things until it accepts part of the management of the physical life of man, which is now in the hands of inferior men."
The three texts are inspired by Un Coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard by Stéphane Mallarmé, as well as by an interview with Sheri Revette, who talks about her husband’s death, and yet another interview with Kindra Arnesen, fisherwoman, wife of a fisherman, mother, activist, cofounder of the Coastal Heritage Society, a feisty and power-ful voice in the fight for justice after the Gulf disaster. More info

On stage: 25, 28 October
A production of the Théâtre National du Luxembourg

Tebas Land | Theben Park
By Sergio Blanco
Directed by Frank Hoffmann
German world premiere: 11 November 2015 | 20:00
An author goes to prison and meets Martin, a young patricide, there. The author’s idea is: The prisoner should play his role himself. Since he is forbidden to do so, a young actor takes on the role of Martin. From the meetings and the conversations he has had with the prisoner, the author tries to reconstruct the story with the young actor on a barred basketball field.
However, the further the story goes, the less it is about reconstruction – the prisoner’s and the actor’s stories mix and blend in, the one inspires the other. In the end, it is not only about the murder and the facts behind it any more, but also about the nature of theatre and storytelling. And how reality can be shaped into  theatre. Tebas Land is inspired by the Oedipus myth and also refers to works by Dostojewski (The Brothers Karamazov), Maupassant and Freud.
On stage: 14, 20, 25, 28 November, 20.00, 29 November, 17.00
A co-production: Théâtre National du Luxembourg,
Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen.
Nussknacker – das Fest | The Nutcracker
hannah ma dance / P.I. Tschaikowsky
Production, direction, scenography: Hannah Ma
Choreography: Noala Aquino, Jill Crovisier, Juliane Hlawati, Hannah Ma, Alister Noblet, Cecile Rouverot
Premiere: 11 December 2015 | 20:00
Enter the world of fantasy – become part of a wonderful party of gold and excitement, experience snowflakes, the nutcracker, the mouse king, happiness, love, and communication!
Under the direction of Hannah Ma, a German-Chinese dancer and choreographer, the dance collective from Trier  has given the Nutcracker, as the classical Christmas ballet inspired by E.T.A Hoffman, a new interpretation. The outcome of their work is a festive dance experience – enchanting, reminiscing, contemplating and animating for young and old.
On stage: 12 December, 18.30, 13 December, 17.00
Théâtre National du Luxembourg
A production by Hannah ma dance

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Reims, France

The Learned Ladies
By Molière
Directed by Macha Makeieff
3 > 6 November
Macha Makaeieff has devoted all her fantasy – both musical and aesthetic – to this comedy, plunging spectators into the heart of a family at the verge of implosion and approaching with unequalled humour women’s emancipation within a patriarchal society.
Returning to Reims
after Didier Éribon
Directed by  Laurent Hatat
6 > 7 November
From the autobiographical essay of the sociologist Didier Éribon comes an intimate, exceptionally intense dialogue between a son and a mother after the father’s death; the story of a departure, of a relief and the shame that comes with it. We are sent into the depths of despychologized human relations to better understand a man’s journey.
La Fonction de l’orgasme
a theatrical experiment by Didier Girauldon, Constance Larrieu and Jonathan Michel
17 > 28 November
Wilhelm Reich, mad scientist and precursor of body therapies, wants to place the highest value on the body, while society bars the way to a free satisfaction of sexual urges. On stage, Constance Larrieu embarks on an investigation in the shape of a true-false scientific conference: explosive and off-key.
Un album
artistic director and interpretation Laetita Dosch
20 > 28 November
Un album is a gallery of portraits that build up a humanist journey, which tells about our despair, about our pettiness, about cruelty; which takes a close look at our dark side while turning it into something tender and laughable. However, the young actress does not imitate, she integrates and transforms. She is the Other.
En même temps | Odnovremenno

By Evgueni Grischkovets
Directed by Chloé Brugnon
15 > 17 December
A breathtaking and comical monologue, in which a young man recounts his awakening to the incredible complexity of his own body and thought. How can you say at the same time all the thoughts that fill your mind within a second? The actor Maxime Kerzanet takes us off into a flow of words coming thick and fast.

Budapest, Hungary
Találkozás | Encounter
By Péter Nádas and László Vidovszky
Directed by EnikÅ‘ Eszenyi
Premiere: 23 October 2015 | Pesti Theatre

The Encounter is a cathartic piece about confronting the past, the passion play of a young man and a woman that carries within the chance of absolution and forgiveness.
Péter Nádas (b. 1942, Budapest) is an outstanding figure in Hungarian and European literature. He is a renowned Hungarian essayist, short story writer, and novelist, whose Book of Memories Susan Sontag called „the greatest novel written in our time, and one of the greatest books of the century.” He also wrote a trilogy of plays, Spring Cleaning (Takarítás, 1977), Encounter (Találkozás, 1979) and Interment (Temetés, 1980) which, with their revolutionary style and incisive look at life, swept over the stages of Hungary, only to be eclipsed by the success of his monumental novels. All three one-act plays posit a new kind of theater that in Nádas's own words is not literary but physical—an opera of words, a ballet of movements, minimalist, bare, heavy with pregnant silences imprisoned by space and time. They also evidence Nádas's masterful use of minute movements on stage, which he considers the basic forms of human contact. „The human face and body”, he wrote in Játéktér (1988), „the play of expression and the system of gestures reveal, in a very real way, the individual's experiences, and through it, the environment in which he came by these experiences.” In Encounter, his best-known play, this environment is as much political as it is social and personal.  
Nádas’ voice and style is unique in Hungarian drama literature, it has neither forerunner nor follower. It is the duty of contemporary theatre to discover him again and again.

Set design by UTE individual member Csaba Antal. 
On stage: 22, 27 October / 6, 16, 28 November / 6 December
The Robbers
by Friedrich Schiller
Directed by Dániel Kovács D.
Premiere: 19 December 2015 | Pesti Theatre

Schiller was not even 23 when The Robbers was first premiered with a huge success: the audience was raving and the performance almost had to be stopped. The success brought quick fame to the author and his first critic already referred to him as “the German Shakespeare”. The story of the two brothers fighting for their legacy and their love became popular mostly among the younger generations, however, the exciting plotline fuelled by the opposition between the cold-hearted Franz and the self-confident idealist Karl, captivates audiences of all ages even today.
The Crucible
by Arthur Miller
Directed by János Mohácsi

Premiere 20 December 2015 | Vígszínház

After one night in Salem, when a group of young girls, fired by lovesickness and other heated emotions summon the devil, hell breaks loose. The so far peaceful small town suddenly turns into a grim battlefield of a war against witchcraft and evil, where nobody is safe any more from the mindless witch-hunters. Beyond the witch trials, The Crucible is a play about prejudices and the disintegration of a community. The selfish interests of individual people smoothly fit in with the political and spiritual scapegoating, as legal and illegal proceedings gradually become self-propelling and end up destroying the whole community.
With this performance, the Vígszínház celebrates the centennial of the great American playwright, Arthur Miller.

Sea Lavender
Presented by The Symptoms – Company of Réka Szabó
Directed by Réka Szabó

In this duet of two women, a 90-year-old Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor teams up with a young dancer. Evoking the past and fulfilling desires. Remembrance and the will to live. The euphoria of movement. Squeezing pleasure out of the moment, as if it was the last. Making plans in the cattle wagon. Sea Lavender is not a domesticated plant. It used to cover the planes around Debrecen. It grew accustomed to the saline soil. It belongs to the family of leadworths. It has an acrid scent. It’s a native plant.
The Symptoms is a performance collective organized around the Hungarian dancer and choreographer Réka Szabó. The members of The Symptoms are not simply performing artists but fully involved contributors, whose personalities, creativity, and team spirit fundamentally define every work of the company.

On stage: 13, 14, 25 October, 15 & 15 November - Víg Studio

Proton Theatre
directed by Kornél Mundruczó
18 and 19 October 2015 | Vígszínház
Based on the strong belief that dialogue and co-operation between different theatre traditions and forms is the future of the theatre, Vígszínház will host Proton Theatre, Hungary’s leading independent theatre company. The performance Dementia will be presented on the 18th and 19th of October in the Vígszínház.
This latest production of the Proton Theatre, which shifts from documentary-like realism to a more abstract world of the subconscious, manages to create an operetta-like reality wrapped in a postmodern melodrama that is frighteningly similar to our own daily life, insofar as every society is best characterized by how it treats its elderly and those livings with disabilities.
The Vígszínház on Tour
Julius Caesar – Theatre World, Brno
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Róbert Alföldi
One of the latest productions by the Vígszínház – great tragedy by Shakespeare Julius Caesar directed by Róbert Alföldi - has been invited to the international festival Theatre World Brno. The Julius Caesar will be presented in Brno on the 19th of October 2015.
The production is a grandiose work about power and treason. Caesar is on the peak of his power. His political enemies conspire to murder him. Personal emotions, political interests and power games escalate as we end up on the planes of Philippi, the place of the final battle between the loyalist and republicans.
Alföldi’s courageous production – staged in contemporary dress and set with its new translation – has a strong actual message to the audience.
Róbert Alföldi the former artistic director of the National Theatre used to be a dominant member of the Vígszínház’s company as a director and also as an actor, and recently he returns to his cradle and directs remarkable productions.
The international festival Theatre World Brno offers the public productions by outstanding ensembles from around the world as well as the most captivating shows the Czech theatre scene has to offer. The festival displays a wide range of diverse theatre genres from traditional drama to theatre of movement, classic plays and alternative performances, all accompanied by various exhibitions, workshops for children and adults, concerts and more.
On stage in Budapest / Vígszínház: 4 November 2015

One Woman in The War 
by Alaine Polcz
directed by Kriszta Székely

at the Astorka Festival, Bratislava the 26 October 2015

Just as a young woman enters the adult world, war sweeps her away. How can we survive the horrors and remain humans at the same time? The stage version of Alaine Polcz’s autobiographical writing is about an extraordinary personality and the ways of dealing with the past.
The autobiographic account of the experiences of a woman, then 19-20, in the closing months of the Second World War. The literary world quickly recognized the merits of this book: It was highly praised by Hungarian reviewers, awarded prizes, and has already been translated into French, Rumanian, Slovenian, and Serbian.
The performance has been invited to the Astorka Festival, Bratislava, the annual international festival of chamber theatre productions. The festival has a rich program of excellent European theatres.

On stage at the
Vígszínház: 21 October / 6 & 19 November

directed by Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson combines Jaroslav Hašek's The Good Soldier Švejk and Karl Kraus’ The Last Days of Mankind in this co-production by the National Theatre in Prague, the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava and the Vígszínház.
Švejk, the key novel of Czech literature and an ironic insight into war and its attendant absurdity, is creatively juxtaposed in this production with Karl Kraus’s satirical anti-war novel. The modern-theatre wizard Robert Wilson transforms all this into a cabaret replete with scenic images, music and surprising humour in a parable not only of 1914 but also, and primarily, of our life today, one hundred years after the outbreak of a terrible war that marked the real start of the 20th century.
On stage: 18, 19 & 20 October at the Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava /
5 & 6 December at the National Theatre, Prague

Stuttgart, Germany

Die Möwe | The Seagull
A comedy by Anton Chekhov
Directed by Martin Laberenz
Premiere: 2 October 2015
In Chekhov’s comedy the characters are struggling with lost dreams, they fail in love and in creating art: the author Kostja invites all to a premiere of his play that he wrote for his love, the young actress Nina. The performance marks the beginning of the end as Kostja’s mother, an actress herself, is not only ruining the performance... More 

On stage: 23 October, 3, 9, 17 November, 4, 29 December
Tschewengur | Chevengur 

By Andrei Platonov
Directed by Frank Castorf
Premiere: 22 October 2015

Chevengur by Andrei Platonov is one of the most important Russian novels of the 20th century. Platonov delivers vivid literary images of revolution and civil war. His main characters are in search of Communism, in search of love, happiness and a better life. In Chevengur, a small town in the Russian tundra Communism has been established they heard and so they begin their “migration with an open heart” to Chevengur. More

On stage: 29 October, 7, 22 November, 13 December

Buch (5 ingredientes de la vida)

By Fritz Kater

Directed by Armin Petras

Premiere: 6 November 2015

Utopia. 1966. Scientists in discussion of various utopian scenarios are brought back to reality by two playboy bunnies. – Phantasy. 1974. Two abandoned children, on the way to their father in Berlin-Buch, are waiting for their mother at a snow-covered station. - Love and death. 1984. A terminally-ill alcoholic speaks his last thoughts on tape in Beckett manner while his pubescent son finds his first love. - Instinct. 1998-2006. A female elephant in African tries to interpret the signs of an changing environment.- Concern. 2013. A world-renowned artist and his wife – the disease of their child threatens to destroy the couple’s relationship. Fritz Kater’s play resembles more a surrealistic episodic movie or one of Borges’ dream-like landscapes than a classical drama. 5 chapters as a coordinate system of life itself. More info

On stage: 6, 7, 8, 29 November


By Alain Platel and 
Les ballets C de la B

The Belgian choreographer Alain Platel fascinates the audience as well as the critic with his numerously awarded work. He leads the spectator to discover the beauty behind the supposedly hideous, different and sick. As one source of inspiration served him Tauber Bach, a choir project by Arthur Zmijewski with deaf persons on compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach. Another main motive is the film by Marcos Prado, which documents the life of the Brasilian Estamina who is suffering from schizophrenia and lives on a rubbish tip. On the basis of Estamina’s obsessions and the power of Bach’s chorales a narration about the maintenance of human dignity is born. More info

A coproduction with the ballets C de la B, the Münchener Kammerspiele and the NT Gent
On stage: 15, 16 December 2015

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Athens, Greece
Magda Goebbels 
By Yorgos Veltsos
Directed by Angela Brouskou
Premiere: 5 November 2015
New Rex  / ÎÎ•ÎŸ ΡΕΞ
Describing the "direction" of the death of the Goebbels family, the play written by Yorgos Veltsos, talks about what modern civilization could not repel: the irresistible conceit pleasure of violence, the rhetoric of domination and hatred , and everything else characterizes the "radical evil" that gripped the human imagination and can be detected within our own selves, without knowing tribes and nations. 
In the middle of the Street 
By Prodromos Tsinikoris
Experimental Stage (-1)
Premiere: 7 November 2015
Is it easy that someone loses his house? What does " happiness " mean in Athens 2015 ? What experiences will be prepared each side to share when it is  face to face?
After the successful presentation at this summer's Athens Festival, Prodromos Tsinikoris along with his collaborators invites audience to a different tour - audiowalk downtown, with starting poing his research on the homeless of Athens.
Case Farmakonisi or The right of water
By Anestis Azas
Experimental Stage (-1)
Premiere: 12 November 2015
On January 20, 2014, eleven migrants, among them eight children aged three to eleven, drowned at sea off the island of Farmakonisi. The tragedy serves Anestis Azas and his associates as an occasion for a work of documentary theatre that explores a Europe of closed borders and the stance of the justice system towards refugees and immigrants. Professional actors and experts who were involved in the case in an institutional, professional or social role take the stage in a performance that hovers on the boundary between documentary and fiction.The show was first presented in Athens Festival 2015.

Old age 
A chorus by Georgia Mavragani
Experimental stage (-1)
A seven-member “chorus” of young actors on stage encounters an equal number of an chorus of elderly. A narration of testimonies, interviews and literary texts, compose having as an axis the third stasimo by "Oedipus at Colonus" by Sophocles, a performance-documentary on the often untalken issue of aging. 
Life of Galileo 

By Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Vangelis Theodoropoulos
Premiere: 21 November 2015
Rex Theatre – Marika Kotopouli Stage
In a period marked by World War II and the atomic bomb, the great German dramaturge uses the story of Galileo to comment on the historical responsibility of scientist who capitulate with the dangerous and mindless power and offer willingly spears and their knowledge no matter how devastating the consequences are.
Richard III 
By William Shakespeare  
Directed by Yannis Houvardas
Premiere: 10 December 2015
Main Stage – Ziller Building  
With his unique technique, Shakespeare draws material from history and creates a violent , heinous and at the same time charming  hero in order to explore one of his favorite themes: the insatiable lust for power, the dizziness that follows and the inevitable fall through in a world that lives and reproduces violence and cruelty.
Crime and Punishment 

By Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky
Directed by Sotiris Chatzakis
Premiere: 17 December 2015
Ziller Building

The deep study of the human soul and the dark laws that rules it, establish the masterpiece of the great Russian writer as a topical literary anatomy of the subconscious, written at a time when the term was not even invented. In the performance of the National Theatre Dostoyevsky’s world meets the Papadiamantis’ speech, in a unique translation, that reflects the deep understanding by the two great writers of the pain of human existence.
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Belgrade, Serbia

The premiere of Jelinek’s play What Happened after Nora Left Her Husband; or Pillars of Society is scheduled in Yugoslav Drama Theatre for the end of November. This is the first time Elfriede Jelinek’s work is staged in YDT and the first time young director Snežana TriÅ¡ić is directing a play at our theatre.

The play What Happened after Nora Left Her Husband; or Pillars of Society could be perceived as a sequel or a paraphrase of two plays by Ibsen – Nora (A Doll’s House) and The Pillars of Society. The play follows the story of Nora Helmer after she left her husband seen through a theatrical kaleidoscope of male projections/phantasms of women in the role of a wife, mother, labourer, artist, lover, prostitute, concubine, dominatrix and ultimately a business woman.
Will Nora get to live her dream and hope of self realisation or will she have to embrace the destiny set aside for her by the history of drama? Will she make her dreams come true or will she have to resign herself to a role determined by the modern consumerist society?


After successful summer tour to China and the Beijing People’s Art Theatre Yugoslav Drama Theatre has been invited to take part at the Shanghai International Comedy Festival. On 27th and 28th YDT is going to present its latest production, Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid directed by JagoÅ¡ Marković.
This is going to be the first time that Yugoslav Drama Theatre tours to Shanghai. However, Yugoslav Drama Theatre is the first theatre from Serbia to perform in China.
The classical play by Heinrich von Kleist The Broken Jug staged by young director Igor Vuk Torbica has become one of the favourite YDT’s productions. Since its premiere in February 2015, it attracted many audience, toured a lot around the region and is going to take part at the 50th Maribor International Festival in Slovenia this October.
Although The Broken Jug is a dynamic comedy of errors, it is also a bitter testimony about human beings in an encounter with the systems of power. Kleist’s entertaining and many-layered comedy is one of the most important and most popular works of German romanticism. With the help of first class actors, director Igor Vuk Torbica has infused this production with not only a lot of courage and vitality, but also noble cynicism and a modern day sense of humour.

The Deceased | Pokojnik  in Vienna
Within the Serbischer November programme, which is going to be organised by Volkstheater in Vienna, Yugoslav Drama Theatre in coproduction with the Faculty of Dramatic arts is going to perform the play by Branislav NuÅ¡ić The Deceased directed by Igor Vuk Torbica. The Deceased was written by the most famous Serbian playwright of the first part of the 20th century.
The Serbian November consists of diverse artistic performances, round/table sessions, which take place within UTE conflict zones programme, and is going to last from 13 to 16 November.

By the beginning of November Yugoslav Drama Theatre is going to host Petersburg’s Theatre Season. Four best plays by four prominent theatres of Petersburg are going to be performed in succession. Theatre “Russian Enterprise” is performing Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard directed by Yury Tsurkanu. Komissarzhevskaya Theatre is coming with Brecht’s Baal directed by Alexander Morfov. Theatre “Shelter of Comedian” is performing The Brothers Karamazov after F.M. Dostoyevsky, directed by Yevgeniya Safonova, and Theatre “Baltic House” is coming with Shakespeare’s Macbeth directed by Luc Perceval.

The event is for the first time organised in Belgrade by Yugoslav Drama Theatre and the Neva-Art production company.

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Porto, Portugal

22-24 October | thu-sat 21:00
25+28+29 October | sun 16:00 wed 19:00 thu 21:00
30 October – 1 November | fri+sat 21:00 sun 16:00

written and directed by Tiago Rodrigues

Premiere: 11+12+13 September 2015 at the TNDM II/Lisbon
produced by TNDM II
co-produced by Teatro Viriato

A daring three-in-one, a “low-cost megalomania”, this sequence of plays marked Tiago Rodrigues’ start as the artistic director of Lisbon’s TNDM II. The playwright and stage director rewrote the legacy of Euripides, Sophocles and Aeschylus to once again set in motion an unstoppable “tragic machine” that begins with a daughter (Iphigenia) being sacrificed by her father (Agamemnon), who exchanged her life for the wind that sent the Greek ships to conquer Troy, a personal sacrifice done for the common good. A meditation on the exercise of power and the inevitability of fate, Ifigénia + Agamémnon + Electra amplifies the ability of classic texts to reverberate in our days, thus combating “presentism”, a disease that disconnects us from both the past and the future. A conflicting trilogy, a noise of the world that ironically ends in an exhortation to the contrary. “Why don’t we just be silent?”, someone will say. “It is an expression of defeat”, says Tiago Rodrigues. “But an expression of defeat on the stage is not a call to apathy. It can be a provocation”…

Teatro Carlos Alberto

By Guillermo Calderón
Directed by João Reis

On stage: 29 October â€“ 15 November |wed 19:00 thu-sat 21:00 sun 16:00
co-produced by O Lince Viaja, TNSJ
co-presented by São Luiz Teatro Municipal

“It’s already 1905 and I believe that theatre is finished”, a character states in Neva, a play that acknowledges the limits of theatre while doing all it can to overcome them, displaying and discussing them on the stage. A multi-awarded text that brought a quite rare international fame to its author, Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón (1971), Neva takes us to the “bloody Sunday” of 1905, in St Petersburg. As the Imperial Guard open fire on a crowd of workers who were marching peacefully towards the Winter Palace, three actors, two women and a man, shut themselves in a theatre to rehearse Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. One of them is Olga Knipper, an actress from the Moscow Art Theatre and the widow of the recently deceased Russian playwright. The two other characters help her recapture the talent she thought lost, by doing an absurd re-enactment of Chekhov’s death or discussing performance techniques, all the while doing their best to ignore the fact that the rest of the cast has not yet arrived… After playing lead roles in some of the TNSJ’s most important productions, João Reis has selected a piece that interweaves the world of the theatre with the theatre of the world for his comeback to stage directing, now in collaboration with Nuno Carinhas, who designed the set and costumes. 

TNSJ • Salão Nobre • 
Helena Almeida
“Sem título”, 1994-95

On stage: 17 October - 13 December
co-produced by Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, TNSJ
This work by artist Helena Almeida (Lisbon, 1934) continues the collaboration between the Serralves Foundation – Museum of Contemporary Art and the TNSJ, whereby pieces from the Foundation’s collection are regularly displayed in the Theatre’s premises. “Sem título” [“Untitled”] is a photographic sequence consisting of twenty large-format pictures in which the artist is photographed from various distances. The scale and number of elements in this series, in combination with the spatial dimension added by the artist’s itinerary/performance across the photographed space, reveal a new approach by Helena Almeida, focusing on the relationship of the body with the space (the floor, the wall), instead of simply with drawing and painting. The presentation of this piece will coincide with Helena Almeida: My work is my body, my body is my work, an exhibition that will be held at the Serralves Museum from 17 October 2015 to 10 January 2016.

Teatro(s) da felicidade
with Frederico Lourenço, Matilde Campilho, Nuno Carinhas, Pedro Mexia and Sousa Diassat
7 November 2015 | 16:00
organisation TNSJ
Um Objeto e Seus Discursos por Semana
with António Lagarto, Bárbara Coutinho, Nuno Carinhas
21 November | sat 18:00
organisation Pelouro da Cultura da Câmara Municipal do Porto

Yuck Factor
25-29 November | 19:00 thu-sat 21:00 sun 16:00
Written and directed by Ana Vitorino & Carlos Costa

Yuck Factor is the second original creation of Visões Úteis for 2015; both productions focus their attention on the issue of identity. trans/missão told us of the defining traits of Portuguese identity, while Yuck Factor broadens that concept’s geopolitical scope, which now encompasses the whole European continent. Ana Vitorino and Carlos Costa use as their starting-point the notion that media-conveyed representations of European identity appear to have been hijacked by the so-called Yuck Factor, that is to say, the belief that if something strikes us as disgusting it must indeed be evil or dangerous. A rhetoric of prejudice and repulsion, heightened by such disintegrating circumstances as the financial juncture or the refugee crisis, manifests as a series of clichés associated with traditions, sex and… food. And Yuck Factor will indeed use food – its distribution, serving and eating modes, the implicit or protocol-defined rules for sitting at the table with others – as a pretext to discuss the complications of constructing a heterogeneous identity and intercultural intolerance. A journey – with some detours, not always in the best possible taste – on the food route: from raw produce to the kitchen, from the kitchen to the table, and thence to the toilet bowl!

co-produced by
Visões Úteis, Centro de Arte de Ovar


Based upon Gustave Flaubert
Directed by Tiago Rodrigues

On stage: 26 November â€“ 13 December 

wed 19:00 thu-sat 21:00 sun 16:00

produced by TNDM II
from an original creation by
Mundo Perfeito
co-produced by alkantara festival, São Luiz Teatro Municipal, TNSJ

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Milan, Italy

Piccoló Teatro Strehler
Directed by Robert Wilson
Script by Simon Armitage, from Homer
In modern Greek with Italian and English surtitles

A four week run at the Strehler, on the occasion of Expo 2015 for Odyssey, a version in modern Greek of Homer’s poem directed by Robert Wilson from the adaptation by the English poet Simon Armitage. On stage 17 of the best artists from contemporary Greek theatre.
The play debuted in Athens for four months in 2012, the year in the Greek and European crisis, and in April 2013 played to full houses at the Piccolo. Its return to Milan coincides with a period of new questions and new considerations – both economical and non – on the future of Europe.
Wilson establishes original links between the ancient and the modern, putting a new spin on the eternal theme of the journey, and the return.
On stage: from 6 to 31 October 2015

An international Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d’Europa and National Theatre of Greece, Athens coproduction. The Piccoló Teatro would like to thank for their support in the “progetto Odyssey” Rancilio.
by Wajdi Mouawad
directed by Guido De Monticelli
Italian with English surtitles
Libanese-born and naturalized Canadian, Wajdi Mouawad is the author of The blood of promises, a tetralogy (or quartet) dedicated to memory, of which this is the second piece. Twin brothers, Jeanne and Simon, two modern young men who live in Canada, undertake a long journey towards the mystery of their origins following their mother’s death. It all begins with the reading of her will: a stubborn and enigmatic silence had accompanied her in the last years of her life. She held within herself the inexpressible. Now she has left a letter for each of the young men: one for the father they believed to be dead, the other for the brother whose existence they ignored.
The story takes on the style of an investigation, a mystery to be solved in a distant land, in the midst of civil war.
The pièce was adapted for the splendid film Incendies by Denis Villeneuve.

On stage: from 20 to 25 October 2015
A Sardegna Teatro production

Piccolo Teatro Studio Melato
Le donne gelose | Jealeous Women
By Carlo Goldoni
Directed by Giorgio Sangati
Premiere: 22 October 2015
In Venetian dialect with Italian surtitles
Jealous Women is the first play written by Goldoni entirely in Venetian dialect. The attentions of the author are focussed on a confined area of the city, a neighbourhood, a specific period – the last few days of the carnival, and on a single social class of shopkeepers and merchants, petit bourgeoisie on the brink of poverty.

“It is an anomalous, dark and silent Venice – outlines the director – almost deserted. Even the Carnival remains in the background, kept off stage. That celebration par excellence for the changing of roles, in which one can pretend to be that which they are not, is unable to involve a class which can change only within its own lack of moral values. The only (sadistic) pleasure for the protagonists seems to derive from the contemplation of the misfortune of others. It is the triumph of a suicidal individualism: it is no coincidence that this generation has no children, at most apprentices trained to face a world which pulls no punches”. 
On stage: from 22 October to 22 November 2015
A Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d’Europa production

A tua immagine | In your image
The winning play from Playfestival 2014
Dramaturgic project by Davide Gorla
Directed and performed by Enrico Ballardini, Giulia Diletta D’Imperio, Davide Gorla
Winner of the second edition of Playfestival, the competition organised by ATIR Teatro Ringhiera in collaboration with Piccolo Teatro, reserved for emerging companies under 40, the play tells of the story of an extraordinary triad. Surrounded by mist in a non-place, we find ourselves before a group of very important people. The first has come to ask his father what obligations and privileges there are in being his son. The second, the father, seems to prevaricate when faced by these questions. And finally, the third, who is here as they may also have interests in this union. And it is in fact this third person, this devil, a little sad and a little ironic, who introduces us into a terrible family circle: that of himself, God and his son Jesus. He speaks of a terrible God, ambitious and more insensitive than anyone else to suffering and death. His only objective is to dominate mankind. The sacrifice of his only son and other heinousness are all welcome if they are enough to give the devil himself hope that he will not be blamed for all of this.
On stage: 6 November 2015, 10:30, 7 November 2015, 19:30
An Odemà production

Piccolo Teatro Strehler

Non ti pago | I won't pay you
By Eduardo De Filippo
Directed by Luca De Filippo

Non ti pago is one of the most outstanding plays from Eduardo de Filippo's repertoire, a play which the great playwright himself defined as "a very comic comedy which in my opinion is the most tragic that I have ever written. Ferdinando Quagliuolo, the manager of a lottery betting shop in Naples, plays obstinately without ever guessing a single number. His employee and future son-in-law, on the other hand, through the interpretation of dreams, collects win after win, even getting the "quaterna (quartet)" with the numbers given to him in a dream by his boss's late father. Blinded by burning envy Don Ferdinando refuses to pay the win and claims the right to take the sum for himself, maintaining that his father's spirit had involuntarily confused the two, mistakenly going to the old home of the Quagliolo family, where the young Bertolini currently lives.
On stage: from 10 to 22 November 2015
A Compagnia di Teatro di Luca De Filippo production

Piccolo Teatro Grassi

Bella e fiera
by Laura Curino
Directed by Emiliano Bronzino
Laura Curino is one of the most dynamic and eloquent voices in narrative theatre. Following the extraordinary success of the diptych on the Olivetti family, she has embarked on a celebration of the ingenuity, the fantasy, the industry, and the enterprise of the Italians. Her curious and enchanted journey through Italian history, from the ‘six-legged dog’ of the Eni logo, to Italian design, up to the 150 years of the Polytechnic, now makes a call at the station of Fiera Milano (the Milan Exhibition Centre), presenting it in a show directed by Emiliano Bronzino, an apprentice of Ronconi, who returns to the Piccolo to direct this production after the success of his Uncle Vanya last season.  â€œThe Piccolo Teatro di Milano is the perfect location to stage this project”, explains Emiliano Bronzino, “because it is tightly bound to the city and at the same time incredibly and necessarily international, universal.”

As Curino explains – “We will represent the City’s Fair in the City’s Theatre, and as the word ‘fiera suggests [in Italian the word ‘fiera’ means ‘fair’ but also ‘proud’ NT], it will be a celebration and a story to be proud of. A play is a secular ritual which presents a story and emotions to the audience. Without an audience there is no theatre, without Milan there is no Fair: we will travel Milan. I’d like to tell of courageous, unconventional and original people, to tell of people with strong backs, held strong even at the risk of seeming lofty. It isn’t haughtiness; it’s simply their attempt to see as high and as far as possible. I would like to tell of nobly proud ideas, which demonstrate farsightedness, a challenge for the future. I would like to choose the protagonists from the many visitors, exhibitors, organisers and even great architects and designers who have brought life to the areas of the Fair, the Italian companies whose products have become symbols of the transformation of society. How many machines, ideas, and objects have passed through the gates of the Fair to travel and to speak of us to the world? Faces and voices which make up the portrait of an industrious contemporaneity which does not bow to individualism, to the unhindered circulation of sadness, to virtuality seen as an absence of responsibility”.
“More than a Once upon a time... â€“ concludes the writer – I want this to be a There will be a time, tomorrow”. The historical archive of the Fondazione Fiera Milano is rich with priceless documents; through the show the audience will be able to access that goldmine of stories and faces, of journeys, meanings, inventions and products that form part of history from the 1920s to today.

On stage: 17 to 29 November 2015
A Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa production
In collaboration with Fondazione Fiera Milano
Piccolo Teatro Studio Melato

By Stefano Massini
Directed and played by Manuela Mandracchia, Sandra Toffolatti, Mariangeles Torres
Credo in un solo Dio (I believe in one single God) or Credo in un sol Odio (I believe in one single Hate): both readings are possible for the title of the Piccolo Teatro’s new production which unites the dramaturgical talents of Stefano Massini with the directorial and interpretive talents of Manuela Mandracchia, Sandra Toffolatti and Mariangeles Torres.

Three portraits of women, three cultures, three religions, three lives. Their stories run parallel, seemingly incompatible, yet destined from the beginning to a common epilogue in the great labyrinth of the so-called Holy Land, in which the TNT ignites with the ease of fireworks, and fear seeps into the blood as though it were injected intravenously. 

Credo in un solodio is a work written by Stefano Massini in 2010, before the latest bloody events which have even further inflamed recent Israeli-Palestinian history. Fruit of a detailed study on the situation and its motivations, the play proceeds with a clock-work mechanism, full of upheavals and sudden changes in point of view, as always leaving all judgement and conclusion to the audience. A mosaic of sensations, where nothing is more unsettling than the absolute and eternal confrontation with one’s own ideals and beliefs. A ruthless dramaturgy emerges from the continuous structural reversal, always far from clarification, hung by a tread from an impossible equilibrium and a conclusive moment forever postponed
On stage: From 1 to 20 December 2015
A Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa production

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Bochum, Germany

New performance dates announced:
Leas Hochzeit | The Wedding Party | Leedvermak
By Judith Herzberg
Directed by Eric de Vroedt
In her play “The Wedding Party”, the first in a three-part family epic written in the early 80s, the Dutch playwright Judith Herzberg unfolds, using subtle humour, a fine web of fleeting encounters and snip-pets of conversation, the panorama of a Dutch family. At the party, they all cross: old and new relationships, ties of family and friendship, memory and the present. The Holocaust is the traumatic vanishing point of everything – the playwright, who was born in 1934, is herself a Holocast survivor.
“The Wedding Party” is Eric de Vroedt’s second work at the Schauspielhaus Bochum. In August 2015 the Dutch theatre-maker also worked with international participant actors and six actors of the ISO theatre collective in the context of a 
UTE masterclass at the Schauspielhaus. 

On stage: 17, 28 October, 19, 29 November, 12, 16 Decembre 2015


Don Karlos
By Friedrich Schiller
Directed by Bert Neumann
From 7 November on, the Schauspielhaus shows Schiller’s Don Karlos.
Schiller’s drama, a document for his lifelong writing-process from his first literary sketches during his Sturm und Drang period until the very last corrections shortly before his death, is still as thrilling for a contemporary recipient as any political thriller. Jan Neumann faces the challenging tragedy by Schiller at the stage of the Schauspielhaus— a theatre piece that brilliantly links politic and private occurrences and speeds up to a breath-taking tempo. Neither the grand emotions, nor the strength of Schiller’s language is going to come up short. 
On stage: 7, 11, 18 Novembre, 5, 29 Decembre 2015


Der zerbrochene Krug | The broken Jug
by Heinrich von Kleist
Directed by artistic director Anselm Weber
With Dietmar Bär in the leading role
Anselm Weber is preparing a new performance for the small stage “Kammerspiele” of the Schauspielhaus: he stages Kleist’s classic Der zerbrochene Krug/The broken Jug with Dietmar Bär in the leading role of the provincial judge Adam. In 1806, Heinrich von Kleist got inspired for the subject by the French copperplate engraving La cruche cassée and he began to compete with his writer colleagues for the best play— and won. Today the play belongs to the canon of German literature. With crafty cover-up tactics and dishonourable interrogation methods, the judge Adam puts all affords to shed light on the nebulous case. Kleist’s personages are captured in a tangle of truth and lies, order and chaos. Kleist raises the question for a world order that allows identification and trust.
On stage: 5, 6, 20, 31 December

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Moscow, Russia

СЕРДЦЕ НЕ КАМЕНЬ | The heart is not of Stone
By Alexander N. Ostrovsky
Directed by V.N Dragunov
Premiere: 16 October 2015

On stage: 31 October, 5 November

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Sofia, Bulgaria 

Last Quartet
Premiere: 10 October 2015
after Yaron Zilberman
directed by Dessislava Shpatova

The performance is coproduced by the Drama-Puppet Theatre – Vratza and Theatre Laboratory Sfumato
Last quartet is a performance in which music plays a major role. One need not know much about classical music, to be able to appreciate it, because it is not just for lovers of music but a performance for human nature that in times of crisis is revealed in all its aspects. This is a performance about the struggle of human to find meaning. Members of a 20-year-old quartet try to stay together, immersed in the struggle between competing egos and tireless passion for quality music. Each of the four has a selfish motivation that leads the quartet to collapse, but also the desire and aspiration to keep the overall, great value creation – the acclaimed "Fugue". And here is where the growth, which is different for different characters, but still obvious for everyone, in one form or another, sooner or later. The exquisite sounds flow. The acting of Stoyan Mladenov, Valentin Ganev, Raska Mladenov, Yordanka Stefanova and Katerina Zlatarova are honest, heart-breaking and hopefully exciting.


Poets against Actors
Premiere: 10 October 2015 
Nomination Sfumato – New Names from the Small Season Festival 2015
Actors: Neno Koinarsky, Stilyan Jeliazkov, Vesselin Petrov, Nicolay Tibinkov, Boris Kashev, Stanislav Kertikov
Poets: Yasen Vassilev, Nocola Petrov, Stefan Ikoga, Miroslav Hristov, Ivan Dimitrov, Stefan Ivanov
leader:  Lilia Geleva
6 actors and 6 poets will show the resemblances and the differences between author’s reading and actor’s interpretation of poetry. The audience will decide the issue of this verbal rough-and-tumble.


The Hideout
Guest performance
Premiere: 20 October 2014
By Patrycja Dołowy

Directed by: PaweÅ‚ Passini

It is a personal story, a performance that travels, a memory lab, a meeting. To reveal a hideout one needs to get into it, inside, and then we are close. Together with us a tangle of yarn as well as:
Irena Solska – a great Polish actress giving shelter to little Jewish girls. Aniela Anyżko – a dark-haired clairvoyant, Apolonia – Zosia who, while she is putting her tongue to the frosted walls of the bakery to finally feel, at least for a moment, the taste of bread on that tongue which is already frost-bitten and swollen, doesn't know yet that many years later she will be showing a Hollywood director around the route of her escape from the ghetto. And a small insurgent, or a dark blue policeman, or a poet, or elder. You start to pull a string and everything gets revealed: anti-monument, a small theatre, a view. And the stories of those, who came out of the closet. Now it is possible, only for a moment more, so... hide-out-coming-out Zosia, MaÅ‚gosia! You are standing in the corner, it's swept under a carpet, a skeleton in a cupboard and the attic is haunted, the floor is creaking, you never go back by the same route – you don't know why. It's time to stop being afraid of spiders, Ariadna.

Performance produced by Centre for Culture in Lublin.
Presentation in Sfumato: with the cooperation of the Polish Institute – Sofia.

On stage22 October 2015 - 17 and 21 h. And 23 October 2015 - 20 h


Whole days in the trees | 

Des journées entières dans les arbres
Nomination Sfumato – New Names from the Small Season Festival 2015
20 October 2015 – 20 h
I fragment
directed by  Dejan Angelov
actors: Vessela Babinova and Dimitar Iliev
II fragment
directed by Denislav Yanev
actors: Vassilena Vincenzo and Plamen Petkov
III fragment
directed by Boyan Kracholov
actors: Snejana Rasheva and Stilyan Jeliazkov
The trees in front of the theatre become the stage for a new reading of Marguerite Duras novel "Whole days in the trees"

The Glass Menagerie 
30 and 31 October 2015 -19h 
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Yordan Slaveikov and Dimitar Kasabov

The Glass Menagerie is a play about the tyranny of the Dream. About how the dream to be another, to be nomad, to be to another location, haunts you and conquer you. But it is a parable for the return of the prodigal who wants, who longs to be forgiven. And forgiveness is not. And he lives his  life as not happened, as a failure.
Two poor Romanians speak Polish
Premiere: 12 November 2015- 19h
By Dorota Maslovska
Directed by Desislava Shpatova

Maslowska’s play is a postmodern dramatic text about the dystopian awareness of the modern world. This is the first piece of the remarkable Polish writer, written in 2006. In less than ten years the play gained international publicity and became the program text for various socially engaged theater communities.
"Two poor Romanians speaking Polish" describes the experiences of two opiated youths to return to the city, in normal life, in the family, having lost by playing the game of fictional identities - a party with masks under the motto: "garbage, stench and diseases", a campaign under the slogan: Romania! I am Romanian! Their journey becomes a materialization of their internal disintegration. Travelling, they meet increasingly demonized characters of reality - a schizophrenic tramp, a marginalized barmaid, a wife alcoholic, an apathetic policeman. Choosing this text, I believe that the entry into the nightmares of modern antihero is the beginning of his "metaphysical awakening" (Cioran).

produced by Snejina Petrova with the support of Legal Art Centre, Polish Institute – Sofia, New Bulgarian University and Theatre Laboratory Sfumato. 


The Luncheon on the Grass | 
Le déjeuner sur l'herbe

Directed by Boris Krastev
Nomination Sfumato – New Names from the Small Season Festival 2015
The Bulgarian part of the International workshop held during the Small Season 2015 festival with the participation of 
ISO theatre (International Super Objective Theatre), the troupe of the Union of Theatres of Europe: actors and one director from Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Italy, Israel/Palestine, Portugal and France.
Free outdoor theatre action of actors and directors who interpret the famous painting of Manet.

On stage: November 2015

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Prague, Czech Republic

Directed by Robert Wilson
National Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic
Hosting at the Slovak National Theatre

18 - 20 October 2015

1914 is a title of the production that Robert Wilson, a star of the world theatre, and his team prepared for The Estates Theatre. After an enormous success of ÄŒapek´s Makropulos Case, the famous director is concentrating on other pieces that strongly address us, especially considering the anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. 1914 is based on Karl Kraus´ Last Days of Mankind and Jaroslav HaÅ¡ek´s Good Soldier Schweik. Soňa ÄŒervená appears in a special role of the Time.

Partner theatres: Slovenské narodní divadlo (Slovakia), Vígszínház (Hungary)



By Anja Hilling
Directed by: Daniel Å pinar
Czech premiere: 12 November 2015, The New Stage

One night, six persons, three stories. A homeless man loves a diseased street musician yet is afraid to approach her. Two gay men in a bar seek intimacy yet do not feel like drawing near to each another. A man rings the wrong buzzer on a door and the woman who opens it invites him in. The characters talk about their encounters, and relive them. No great historical events, rather ordinary stories of people in a big city, people who feel alone yet get together for a while. Three life situations rendered with grittiness, intensity, and breathtaking urgency. Anja Hilling’s play, first performed in 2006 at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, has received numerous awards.
More info

The Blue Bird

By Maurice Maeterlinck
Directed by Štěpán Pácl
Premiere: 19 November 2015, The Estates Theatre

The Blue Bird as the desire for ephemeral, ungraspable happiness. An adventurous voyage towards the soul of the things and beings around us, the seeking itself being the destination – only during this seeking can the two central characters come to comprehend that human relations and compassion are that which can bring us the Blue Bird of Happiness. The best-known text written by the Flemish symbolist Maurice Maeterlinck, a Nobel Prize-winner, is one of the most impressive allegories of global literature, reaching out both to adults and children. The author’s fertile imagination, reviving the world around us, inspires theatre-makers to opulent staging and affords a great spectacle to everyone who likes being enchanted.

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Tel Aviv, Israel

The happy Family
By Ron Clark
Directed by Nathan Detner

On stage: 20, 21, 22 October / 1, 2, 3, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23 November / 6 December

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Cluj, Romania

Julius Caesar
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Silviu Purcărete
Premiere: 9 October 2015
Julius Caesar is perhaps Shakespeare’s toughest political drama, and it is amazing not only because of its perfect insight, but because of its surprising timeliness. The conspiracy of the Republican party organized by Brutus and his company for the public good does not establish order, but induces civil war and decay in Rome. Are we on the same road, a road beginning with the Arab Spring that will end with world chaos?
Based on the novel by Franz Kafka
Directed by Michal Dočekal
Premiere: 27 November 2015
Amerika might be the least well-known of Franz Kafka’s three unfinished novels, although it was the first novel he wrote. A perfect theatrical material, the unfinished novel raises contemporary problems such as emigration, foreigness, and vulnerability to a system that functions in a faceless way. The main hero, who struggles with the continuously repeating sequence of "being an outcast – searching for a home – being accepted", gradually moves further away from the American dream, coming closer to a European reality. The labyrinth-like quality of space and time which characterizes Kafka offers a wonderful basis for a theatrical adaptation. The Hungarian Theatre of Cluj presents Franz Kafka’s novel in Iva Klestilová’s and Michal Dočekal’s stage adaptation.
9-13 December  2015
Over this five-day event the theatre would like to celebrate the 25 past seasons since the 1989 political regime change in Romania. During these years, we believe, the artistic orientation of our company served a spirit of openness, diversity and collaboration: the shows chosen to be presented during SHOWCASE 25 were born in this spirit. The event will be an opportunity to celebrate together with the friends of our theatre, artists, partners and critics who have followed our work with interest and faithfulness.
Selected shows for the program of the Showcase:
William Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, directed by Silviu Purcărete; Thomas Vinterberg – Mogens Rukov – Bo Hr. Hansen: Celebration, directed by Robert Woodruff; #swansong, after Chekhov, directed by Ferenc Sinkó; Georg Büchner: Leonce and Lena, directed by Gábor Tompa; Vivian Nielsen: Breaking the Waves, directed by Tom Dugdale; Amerika, based on Franz Kafka’s novel, stage adaptation by Ivana Klestilova and Michal Dočekal, directed by Michal Dočekal; Anton Chekhov: Uncle Vanya, directed by Andrei Șerban.
Launched on October 1, 2015, the program called Extra-curricular Educative Theatre Class is addressed to pupils ages 14 to 18 and to university students. At the end of the current season in autumn 2016, the theatre will extend this extracurricular activity in order to involve retirees.
Our aim with this program is to raise social awareness among the target groups and also to improve their abilities to interpret contemporary theatre. Group activities will help participants prepare for processing the theatre experience by involving them in interactive Drama in Education activities.

The Hungarian Theatre of Cluj @ FESTIVALS
The Hungarian Theatre of Cluj will be a guest at a number of festivals in October and December. Who Shuts the Night (directed by Nona Ciobanu) has been invited to FestIn pe Bulevard, the festival of Bucharest's Nottara Theatre (October 15, 6 pm), while The Visit (directed by Gábor Tompa) and #swansong (directed by Ferenc Sinkó) have been invited to the National Theatre Festival (October 25 and 26), also in Bucharest. Christmas at the Ivanovs (directed by András Urbán) will be presented on December 3 at the Desire Central Station Festival in Subotica, Serbia. 
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Rome, Italy

L’Esposizione Universale | The Universal Exposition
By Luigi Squarzina
Directed by and Set Design: Piero Maccarinelli

L’esposizione universale (The Universal Exposition), written by Luigi Squarzina in the immediate post-war period and set in 1946 upon the premises of Eur 42, is pure dramaturgy and provides a wide range of values. We have before us both an excellent example of Documentary Theatre drawing inspiration from Neorealism and an example of Civil Theatre. More info

On stage: 30 September | 18 October 2015

A Teatro di Roma Production

Sono Pasolini  | I am Pasolini
A Composition for Choir and Solo Actor as a Narrator

Giovanna Marini, one of the most expressive female singer-songwriters on the pop and contemporary music scene, carries out an in-depth study into the universe and the life of Pasolini in order to fill music with his poetry which tells of today’s unproductive young people who are far from fulfilling their dreams, but also lack ideals, enthusiasm and true love. More info

On stage: 27 October | 1 November 2015
A Teatro di Roma Production


Lear by Edward Bond Adapted by and Directed by Lisa Ferlazzo Natoli

Lear by Edward Bond faces the entirely contemporary issue of the boundaries and wounds upon which the controversial Western democracies have been built. It is not by chance that the whole matter revolves around a compression, a widespread state of danger, due to which Lear – a paranoid autocrat – builds a wall in order to keep the enemy out. It is not by chance that it deals with all aspects of violence:  those of a private nature as well as those which are more skilfully democratic; it speaks of societies which manipulate the concept of violence, and gradually give it less importance until it is made to become acceptable. Lear by Edward Bond tells of a world that is dominated by the original myth of the State and the Law as a private and appallingly domestic issue and of its inevitable downfall. This is because, as Bond himself says: “we do not need a plan of the future; we need a method of change.”

On stage: 8, 20 December 2015
A Teatro di Roma Production
in coproduction with lacasadargilla


Il prezzo | The Price
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Massimo Popolizio
Premiere: 20 October 2015

The script written by Arthur Miller captures the consequences of the devastating economic crisis which hit the United States in 1929 with ruthless clarity and bitter compassion. Children of a father who dramatically bore the brunt of this crisis, two brothers meet a few years after their father’s death to clear out the flat in which the furniture and objects that he had accumulated during the course of his life and that now is about to be demolished.

A Compagnia Umberto Orsini Production
On stage: 8 November 2015
Morte di un commesso viaggiatore(Death of A Salesman)
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Elio De Capitani

Elio De Capitani has created his own personal mise-en-scène of the masterpiece written by Miller, the script which tells of the final day of Willy Loman’s life; he is a travelling salesman who is willing to go to any lengths in order to sell his ware. A personal story that become one of a collective nature, a classic tale of the 1950s that speaks of us and our present life. “Only a few minutes of De Capitani’s version are enough in order to understand that, in reality, we have all become travelling salesmen, whatever profession we carry out, whatever means of transport we use, the car or the plane or internet, we are all boot-licking, story-telling door-to-door salesmen of goods and one thing in particular: ourselves.”

On stage
9, 20 December 2015
Teatro dell’Elfo (Elf Theatre) production 

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Bucharest, Romania

The wild Duck
By Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Peter Kerek
Premiere 3 October 2015
by Joseph Brodsky
Directed by Yuri Kordonsky
Premiere 11 October 2015
after Ferenc Molnar
a musical directed by Andrei Serban
Premiere 17 October 2015
Before Breakfast
By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Alexandra Popescu
Premiere 29 October 2015
Given the fact that this year's masterclass at the National University of Theatre and Film "I.L. Caragiale" was 
led by professor Alexandru Darie, artistic director of the Bulandra Theatre, the Bulandra will offer the graduates of Darie's masterclass the possibility to present their works in context of The Night Laboratory programme:
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
Tango by Sławomir Mrożek
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Miss Julie by August Strindberg

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Ongoing UTE projects


Young European Journalists on Performing Arts | 
The UTE online theatre magazine

Expressing the views of young cultural journalists strongly involved in the artistic life of their country, the articles displayed in the magazine do not claim to objectivity, but intend to reflect the original point of view of one single author concerning the theatre sector in his/her country. Published in both original language and English, each article looks into the artistic environment of one specific country, thus raising such diverse issues as the organisation and structure of public theatres, the development of arts funding models, the evolution of cultural policies and the prevailing aesthetics of the current theatre production. 

You can visit the UTE online theatre magazine now and discover its first articles:

Sergio Lo Gatto
writing from Rome/Italy
Contemporary Theatre (s) in Italy
A Hypertext

Inês Nadais
writing form Porto/Portugal
A time capsule of Portuguese theatre

Nina Mochalova
writing from Moscow/Russia
Interviews from Russia 
Part 1 Alexey Bartoshevich
Part 2 Mikhail Shvydkoy
Part 3 Timofey Kulyabin

Boris Zafirov
writing form Plovdiv/Bulgaria
Theatre- an Immune System of Society

New articles by journalists from other countries will follow in the course of the following months and years. At the end of the three-year CONFLICT ZONES network-programme, the magazine should bring together articles by more than twenty young journalists based in each of the countries where the UTE is active.

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Special Issue #1 TERRORisms 

The first SPECIAL ISSUE of the new E-zine is dedicated to the TERRORisms project of the Union of Theatres of Europe.

Developed over the past two years in the context of international exchanges between five theatres in Oslo, Belgrade, Tel Aviv, Reims and Stuttgart, the TERRORisms project ended (for the time being) in June 2015 on the occasion of the “TERRORisms Festival” in Stuttgart. 

The TERRORisms Special Issue of our CONFLICT ZONES Online Magazine provides insights into the works and perspectives developed throughout the project until its final accomplishment in Stuttgart. It includes dramaturgical materials, information about the project, performances and festival, but also articles, interviews and videos produced by the young European Journalists involved in the CONFLICT ZONES Online Magazine project. More info

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The TERRORisms E-book

In June 2015 the UTE proudly announced the online publication of an anthology of texts bringing together the five plays created for the TERRORisms project.


Developed between 2013 and 2015 in the context of international exchanges, the plays collected in this anthology confront the theme of terrorism through the sensitive approaches of five playwrights from Germany, Serbia, Israel, Norway and France.

Fritz Kater in Stuttgart, Milena Marković in Belgrade, Maya Arad in Tel Aviv, Jonas Corell Petersen in Oslo and Aiat Fayez in Reims – five contemporary playwrights with different experiences and backgrounds – were all at the root of this international collaboration project, which led to the organisation of a series of world premieres, production exchanges, meetings, conferences and discussions, all around Europe and beyond.

This TERRORisms E-book is dedicated to their work. Freely downloadable, their texts are available in original language, English and German, with the possibility to add extra languages in the coming years. The publication will also include portraits of the playwrights, stage directors and actors, dramaturgical analysis, pictures and videos of the performances, as well as speeches held by artists and academics during the conferences organized in link with the project. 

Edited by CulturBooks,
the TERRORisms E-book was created on the occasion of the TERRORisms Festival in Stuttgart, in June 2015.

5 morgen, Fritz Kater |Armin Petras
Schauspiel Stuttgart, Germany

The Dragonslayers, Milena Marković | Iva Milošević
Yugoslav Drama Theatre Belgrade, Serbia

God Waits at the Station, Maya Arad | Shay Pitowski 
Habima – National Theatre of Israel, Tel Aviv

We chew on the Bones of Time, Jonas Corell Petersen 
National Theatre of Oslo, Norway

La Baraque, Aiat Fayez | Ludovic Lagarde
La Comédie de Reims, France

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