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THE UNIVERSITY OF EURASIAN THEATRE Since 1990, in collaboration with the University of Bologna, ISTA has had a new activity: The University of Eurasian Theatre. It addresses a wider spectrum of participants, up to several hundred, stretching from beginners in acting and directing, university students and scholars, to theatregoers who are interested in the secrets of the craft.

"When I speak of Eurasian theatre I am not thinking of theatres within a geographical area, but of a mental dimension, an active idea which has inspired the theatre of our century. This concept implies the experiences which for all artists, whatever their cultural origins, constitute the essential points of reference for their theatre practice: from Ibsen to Zeami, from the Peking Opera to Brecht, from the mime of Decroux to Noh, from Kabuki to Meyerhold’s bio-mechanics, from Delsarte to Kathakali, from ballet and modern dance to Butoh, from Artaud to Bali, from Stanislavski to Natya Shastra.
We could say that Eurasian theatre represents a common country: that of our craft, of our professional identity. Or else, it is a legacy, that which remains and can be shared equally in the country of transition which is theatre".
Eugenio Barba
The University of Eurasian Theatre carries out periodical yet irregular activities. These consist of conferences and encounters of a theoretical-practical character. It has held the following sessions:

Padova, Italy, 2-8 March 1992, organised by Nin Scolari, Teatrocontinuo. Its theme was "The Construction of Form", a five-day seminar open to the public with demonstrations of the creative process by Sanjukta Panigrahi and Odin Teatret’s actors. There was also a two-day seminar on "subtext versus subscore" for 30 invited specialists.

Fara Sabina, Italy, 21-31 May 1993, organised by Pino di Buduo, Teatro Potlach and dedicated to the memory of Fabrizio Cruciani, one of the founders of ISTA. Its theme was "Parallel Dramaturgies", a ten-day seminar for 30 invited specialists and one final day open to the public. The participants followed and compared two different directors’ approaches: those of Sanjukta Panigrahi and of Eugenio Barba who were working with the same performers on an interpretation of Kalidasa’s Shakuntala.

Scilla, Italy, 9-16 June 1996, organised by Claudio La Camera and Maria Ficara, Teatro Proskenion, within the framework of Linea Trasversale's activities. Its theme was "Solitude, technique, dramaturgy and revolt: The subterranean history of contemporary theatre". Its programme included practical activity led by Eugenio Barba, Julia Varley, Torgeir Wethal and Iben Nagel Rasmussen together with the participants of her seminar "Vindenes Bro". Kai Bredholt was the responsible of two barters. Lectures about theatre history were given by Clelia Falletti, Piergiorgio Giacchè, Laura Mariani, Marco de Marinis, Claudio Meldolesi, Franco Ruffini, Nicola Savarese, Mirella Schino and Ferdinando Taviani.


Scilla, Italy, 1- 8 June 1997, organised by Claudio La Camera and Maria Ficara, Teatro Proskenion, within the framework of Linea Trasversale's activities (1-20 June 1997). Its theme was "Learning to learn: The Transition from action to reflection. Its programme included practical activity led by Eugenio Barba, Kanichi Hanayagy, Sae Nanaogi and Julia Varley. Tales, polemics and visions about theatre and dance in our century were exposed by Eugenia Casini Ropa, Laura Mariani, Marco de Marinis, Clelia Falletti, Pier Giorgio Giacchè, Claudio Meldolesi, Franco Ruffini, Nicola Savarese, Mirella Schino and Ferdinando Taviani. The session was accompanied by a theatre festival.


Scilla, Italy, 20-25 June 1998, organised by Claudio La Camera and Maria Ficara, Teatro Proskenion, within the framework of Linea Trasversale's activities. Its theme was "Scrivere e raccontare il teatro: un invito alla testimonianza scritta delle esperienze teatrali” “Writing and telling theatre- An invitation to the written testimony of theatre experiences” - This historical-practical session included meetings with Eugenio Barba (Odin Teatret), Franco Ruffini (Università Roma III), Nicola Savarese (Università di Bologna), Mirella Schino, Nando Taviani (Università L'Aquila) and Julia Varley (Odin Teatret). Guest: J.M.Pradier (Univ. Paris VIII).


Scilla, Italy, 22-28 June 1999, organised by Claudio La Camera and Maria Ficara, Teatro Proskenion, within the framework of Linea Trasversale's activities. Its theme was "Drammaturgie dell'attore e del personaggio" - The actors’ and the character's drammaturgies. Its programme included practical activity led by Eugenio Barba and Julia Varley, Augusto Omolú and Ory Sacramento (Brazil, Candomblé dance and rythms). Nando Taviani, Mirella Schino and Nicola Savarese gave lectures on different dramaturgical experiences in theatre history. Fifty participants were present from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Italy, Scotland, Japan and Spain.


Scilla, Italy 10-28 june 2000, organized by Claudio La Camera and Maria Ficara, Teatro Proskenion, within the framework of Linea Trasversale’s activities. Its theme was “Emigrazione, deportazione”. Its programme included practical activity led by Eugenio Barba and Julia Varley, Nando Taviani, Franco Ruffini, Mirella Schino, Nicola Savarese. Fifty participants were present from all over the world.


Scilla, Italy 9-22 june 2001, organized by Claudio La Camera and Maria Ficara, Teatro Proskenion, within the framework of Linea Trasversale’s activities. Its theme was “Techniques of Dramaturgy ”. Fifty participants were present from all over the world to attend practical activities led by Eugenio Barba and Julia Varley, and lectures by Nando Taviani, Franco Ruffini, Mirella Schino, Nicola Savarese.


Scilla-Caulonia, Italy, 3-30 june 2002, organized by Claudio La Camera and Maria Ficara, Teatro Proskenion. Within the framework of Linea Trasversale’s meetings (3-19 june, Scilla, and 25-30 june, Caulonia), the IX session of the University of Eurasian Theatre took place from the 19th to the 24th of June in Scilla. Its theme was “Dramaturgy and Music” and the activities of the session were led by Eugenio Barba, Julia Varley, Frans Winther, together with Nando Taviani, Franco Ruffini, Mirella Schino and Nicola Savarese.


Caulonia, Italy, 19-24 june 2003, organized by Claudio La Camera and Maria Ficara, Teatro Proskenion. Within the framework of Linea Trasversale’s meetings, its theme was “The theatre Laboratoire” and the activities of the session were led by Eugenio Barba, Julia Varley, together with Nando Taviani, Franco Ruffini, Mirella Schino and Nicola Savarese.


Caulonia, Italy, 20-30 june 2004, organized by Claudio La Camera and Maria Ficara, Teatro Proskenion. Within the framework of Linea Trasversale’s meetings, its theme was “Theatre Direction” and the activities of the session were led by Eugenio Barba, Julia Varley, Ana Woolf, together with Nando Taviani, Franco Ruffini, Mirella Schino and Nicola Savarese.




The next session will take place from the 21st to the 27th of June 2005 in Caulonia (Reggio Calabria) with Eugenio Barba, Julia Varley, Ana Woolf, Mia Theil and the scholars Nando Taviani, Franco Ruffini, Mirella Schino and Nicola Savarese. Its theme will be: “Theatre Texts and Technical Principles” and the official working language is Italian.

For further information please contact:
Teatro Proskenion, C.P.137,

89100 Reggio Calabria, Italy,