The Ecole des Maîtres is an itinerant international theatre master workshop for young professional actors which has its Italian headquarters at Teatro S. Giorgio in Udine. In the past it was founded by the ex-ETI Ente Teatrale Italiano and it is now organized with MIBAC – Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali, Direzione Generale Spettacolo dal vivo and the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy, and in Europe with the French, Belgian and Portuguese Ministries of Culture. From 2004 to 2006 under the name of Project Thierry Salmon, in memory of the Belgian director Thierry Salmon, and with the support of European Programme Culture 2000, theatre training school run two parallel courses, with two sets of participants and two teachers for every edition. Ecole des Maîtres won the Leone d’Oro 2007 at the 39th edition of the International Theatre Festival - Biennale of Venice. Created by Franco Quadri over twenty years ago, the project had as Maîtres some of the most famous international directors: Luca Ronconi, Jerzy Grotowski, Anatolij Vasil'ev, Jacques Lassalle, Lev Dodin, Peter Stein, Alfredo Arias, Dario Fo, Matthias Langhoff, Eimuntas Nekrosius, Giancarlo Cobelli, Denis Marleau, Jan Fabre, Carlo Cecchi, Rodrigo García, Pippo Delbono, Antonio Latella, Enrique Diaz, Arthur Nauzyciel, Matthew Lenton, Rafael Spregelburd. In 2011, when the founder and artistic director of the project, Franco Quadri, passed away, the European partners, CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG (Italy), the Centre de Recherche et d’Expérimentation en Pédagogie Artistique (Belgium), La Comédie de Reims, Centre Dramatique National (France), TAGV - Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente (Portugal) have re-launched the project with touring public conferences dedicated to European theatre training and now they are the new artistic direction of the project. The Maître of the XXII edition, 2013, is Constanza Macras. The workshop took place from 26 August to 21 September (from 26 August to 4 September, Teatro S. Giorgio in Udine and from 5 to 15 September, Coimbra, Portugal. The public demonstrations are: an open lesson at Teatro S. Giorgio of Udine (4 September) and four final demonstrations open to the audience: 15th of September Coimbra, 18th of September Roma, 21st of September Bruxelles, and 5th of December Reims Festival Scènes d’Europe. 16 actors had been selected: 4 actors for each partner country (Italy, Belgium, Portugal, France). The partners of the project are: CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG (Udine-Italy), CREPA - Centre de Recherche et d’Expérimentation en Pédagogie Artistique (Bruxelles-CFWB/Belgium), TAGV - Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente (Coimbra-Portugal), La Comédie de Reims, Centre Dramatique National (Reims-France) with the support of MIBAC – Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali-Direzione Generale Spettacolo dal vivo and the collaboration of Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica "Silvio d’Amico" (Roma-Italy), Short Theatre Festival (Roma-Italy), Théâtre de Liège – Centre européen de création théâtrale et chorégraphique (Liège-CFWB/Belgium), Ministère de la Communauté française – Service général des Arts de la scène (CFWB/Belgium), Wallonie-Bruxelles International (CFWB/Belgium), Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (France), Fonds d’Assurance Formation des Activités du Spectacle (France), Direcção Geral das Artes (Portugal).
1991_workshop of Constanza Macras for Ecole des Maîtres 2013
In the later years, and through the worldwide economic crisis, the question of democracy has being permanent issue. The waves of discomfort in Europe echoing the Arab spring trigger "the indignados" in Spain and the Occupy movement. One of their main slogans is: "we want real democracy now". After the initial euphoric and hopeful protest that include serious police repression of civilians. The movement seems to be simply fading, disintegrating without hope and glory and without establishing what was the movement really about .The use of social media plaid a key role in this movements and still pretends it does. There are permanent protest about everything in the " walls" of social media sites .Quantity is transforming quality, causes are tainted by futility. In the meantime Europe is suffering an identity Crisis. Real Democracy remains the unanswered question, and more so is there an alternative to it? In 1991 Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan ,Tajikistan,Turkmenistan,Uzbekistan and azerbaijan declared themselves independent of the soviet Union, since them they sough democracy and free market policies. There has been an impressive economic grow in some of them , And unclear but mostly "democratic" totalitarian systems that hold together extremely large number of religions and ethnicity. In 1991 I would like to examine in a way of Science fiction fashion , where knowledge accuracy can give space to fantasy fabrication. This "remote" lands of Central Asia, do they hold and alternative to Europe are they going to grow and take cultural supremacy? are they more scary than China? why we don't hear anything about them in Europe? The work will be develop though improvisations , movement and text. There will be an extensive physical work and the approach to theatricality will not be focus on a naturalistic approach. Music will be part of the process there will singing as part of the workshop.
CONSTANZA MACRAS | DORKYPARK Constanza Macras was born in Argentina, where she studied dance. In 1997, she founded her own first company TAMAGOTCHI Y2K. Between 1998 and 2000, TAMAGOTCHI Y2K presented four pieces: Wild Switzerland (1998), Face One (1999), In Between (2000) and Dolce Vita (2000), a site-specific live music performance that combined artists from various disciplines. It was created as a one-time event for each specific location. She taught workshops and master classes in Japan, the United States (Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, ‘On the Boards’ in Seattle, India Atakalari Dance Center), France, Italy (Rome University for Performing Arts), Belgium (Antwerp University), the Netherlands (Henny Jurriëns Foundation), Switzerland and Germany (Hochschule für Schauspielkunst 'Ernst Busch' and at the University of Arts UdK, both in Berlin). In 2008 Constanza Macras received the GOETHE-INSTITUT Award for an outstanding German production for her piece Hell On Earth. In 2010 she was awarded with the Arts at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) William L. Abramowitz Residency. Since 1961, the series has brought renowned performing artists and writers to MIT to perform, present public lectures, and collaborate with students in free programs. In the same year Constanza Macras was awarded the national German theater-prize DER FAUST for best choreography for the piece Megalopolis. Next to her productions with her company Constanza Macras | DorkyPark, Constanza Macras has also created: • Paraíso sem Consolação (2008) a commission work of the GOETHE-INSTITUT São Paulo • Ein Sommernachtstraum (2006) together with Thomas Ostermeier • Pegarle a la Bolsa (2004) a commission from the GOETHE-INSTITUT Cordoba (Argentina). • Happiness (2003) for the ballet of the Saarländisches Staatstheater. CONSTANZA MACRAS | DORKYPARK In 2003 Constanza Macras | DorkyPark was created by Constanza Macras and dramaturge Carmen Mehnert. The company integrates dancers, actors and musicians with performers that range from 4 to 72 years old, combining text, live music, dance and video. Constanza Macras | DorkyPark has toured in Korea, Japan, India, Indonesia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, South Africa, the United States and has been invited to various European venues and festivals like Festival d’Avignon in France and Aarhus Festival in Denmark. The company and its productions are supported by the Capital Cultural Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Department for Cultural Affairs and the German Federal Cultural Foundation and works regularly with Berlin based venues such as Hebbel am Ufer and Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz and with HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden. Next to Constanza Macras and her company have been collaborating with the GOETHE-INSTITUT since 2005. The company’s productions are: PREVIOUS PRODUCTIONS With the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz • Berlin Elsewhere (2011) • Megalopolis (2009) • Brickland (2007) • Back to the Present (2004) With Hebbel am Ufer - HAU • Here / After (2011) • Hell on Earth (2008) • Sure, shall we talk about it? (2005) • No Wonder (2005) • Scratch Neukölln (2003) With the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz • I’m not the only one.part1 and .part2 With the Wiener Festwochen and the GOETHE-INSTITUT • Open For Everything (2012) The piece is created with Romani musicians and performers who team up with performers of the company. With the Berliner Festspiele • Big in Bombay (2005) With the National Theater of Wales in the frame of the Cultural Olympiad (London 2012) • Branches: The Nature of Crisis (2012) With HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden • Oedipus Rex (2009) with the collaboration of the Dresdener Philharmoniker and Festspielhaus Hellerau With the GOETHE-INSTITUT South Africa and the Market Theatre • The Offside Rules (2010)
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