Museum Theatre Company celebrates the World Theatre Day on 27th March at 6 pm. at Museum Theatre Studio, Lalita Park, Laxmi Nagar, Delhi. Pass on the information to all the readers, teachers, educators, librarians, parents, neighbors, friends, students and theatre practitioners and let us all celebrate the world theatre day together. After all, who doesn’t want some drama in life?
The author of the Message of World Theatre Day 2015 is the Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski!
World Theater Day Message 2015
The true masters of the theater are most easily found far from the stage. And they generally have no interest in theater as a machine for replicating conventions and reproducing clichés. They search out the pulsing source, the living currents that tend to bypass performance halls and the throngs of people bent on copying some world or another. We copy instead of create worlds that are focused or even reliant on debate with an audience, on emotions that swell below the surface. And actually there is nothing that can reveal hidden passions better than the theater.
Most often I turn to prose for guidance. Day in and day out I find myself thinking about writers who nearly one hundred years ago described prophetically but also restrainedly the decline of the European gods, the twilight that plunged our civilization into a darkness that has yet to be illumined. I am thinking of Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann and Marcel Proust. Today I would also count John Maxwell Coetzee among that group of prophets.
Their common sense of the inevitable end of the world—not of the planet but of the model of human relations—and of social order and upheaval, is poignantly current for us here and now. For us who live after the end of the world. Who live in the face of crimes and conflicts that daily flare in new places faster even than the ubiquitous media can keep up. These fires quickly grow boring and vanish from the press reports, never to return. And we feel helpless, horrified and hemmed in. We are no longer able to build towers, and the walls we stubbornly construct do not protect us from anything—on the contrary, they themselves demand protection and care that consumes a great part of our life energy. We no longer have the strength to try and glimpse what lies beyond the gate, behind the wall. And that’s exactly why theater should exist and where it should seek its strength. To peek inside where looking is forbidden.
“The legend seeks to explain what cannot be explained. Because it is grounded in truth, it must end in the inexplicable”—this is how Kafka described the transformation of the Prometheus legend. I feel strongly that the same words should describe the theater. And it is that kind of theater, one which grounded in truth and which finds its end in the inexplicable that I wish for all its workers, those on the stage and those in the audience, and I wish that with all my heart.
Translation: Philip Boehm
World Theatre Day (WTD)
World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI). It is celebrated annually on the 27th March by ITI Centres and the international theatre community. Various national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion. One of the most important of these is the circulation of the World Theatre Day International Message through which at the invitation of ITI, a figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace. The first World Theatre Day International Message was written by Jean Cocteau (France) in 1962. It was first in Helsinki, and then in Vienna at the 9th World Congress of the ITI in June 1961 that President Arvi Kivimaa proposed on behalf of the Finnish Centre of the International Theatre Institute that a World Theatre Day be instituted. The proposal, backed by the Scandinavian centres, was carried with acclamation.
Ever since, each year on the 27th March (date of the opening of the 1962 “Theatre of Nations” season in Paris), World Theatre Day has been celebrated in many and varied ways by ITI National Centres of which there are now almost 100 throughout the world.
Each year a figure outstanding in theatre or a person outstanding in heart and spirit from another field, is invited to share his or her reflections on theatre and international harmony. What is known as the International Message is translated into more than 20 languages, read for tens of thousands of spectators before performances in theatres throughout the world and printed in hundreds of daily newspapers. Colleagues in the audio-visual field lend a fraternal hand, more than a hundred radio and television stations transmitting the Message to listeners in all corners of the five continents.
Goals of World Theatre Day
The goals are:
• to promote the art form – theatre – to the world
• to make people aware of the value of the art form
• to enable the theatre community to promote their work on a broad scale, so that opinion leaders in the government and the political sphere are aware of the value of the art form and support it
• to enjoy the art form – theatre – around the world
• to share joy with others.
History of World Theatre Day
World Theatre Day was created by the International Theatre Institute ITI, the world’ s largest organization for the Performing Arts, and was celebrated for the first time on 27 March 1962. Ever since, each year on the 27th March (date of the opening of the 1962 “Theatre of Nations” season in Paris), the day is celebrated on a global scale. One of the most important actions is the circulation of the World Theatre Day International Message through which, at the invitation of ITI, a figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace. The first World Theatre Day International Message was written by Jean Cocteau. The World Theatre Day Message is translated into the different languages of the world and distributed widely. More info: www.world-theatre-day.org
About Krzysztof WARLIKOWSKI
Krzysztof Warlikowski (born 26 May 1962) is a Polish theatre director, creator and artistic director of Nowy Teatr (New Theatre) in Warsaw. He studied history, philosophy and Romance languages at Jagiellonian University and also philosophy, French language and literature at École Pratique Des Hautes Études at the Sorbonne. He graduated in directing from Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in 1993. One of his masters was Krystian Lupa. In the early 1990s Warlikowski worked for some time as Lupa’s assistant. He met and learned also from such people as Peter Brook, Ingmar Bergman and Giorgio Strehler.
Warlikowski directed his first productions at the Stary Teatr (Old Theatre) in Kraków, where he staged Heinrich von Kleist’s Markiza O. / The Marquis of O. in 1993. His later dramas were performed at different theatres in Poland and Europe, including the Teatr Nowy (New Theatre) in Poznań, the Warsaw’s Teatr Studio (Studio Theatre), the Teatr im. W. Horzycy (W. Horzyca Theatre) in Toruń, the Teatr Dramatyczny (Dramatic Theatre) in Warsaw.
Since 1999 he works for TR Warszawa (Variety Theatre). He is an artistic director of Nowy Teatr (New Theatre), founded in Warsaw in 2008.
Warlikowski is married to Polish scenographer and costume designer Małgorzata Szczęśniak, although he claims to be homosexualist.
He is the author of the Message of World Theatre Day 2015.
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