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03 Sep 2010

Cyprus Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI)

The Cyprus Centre of the I.T.I. was established in November 1977 and it acts as an interface between the local and the global theatre communities, communicates international trends and supports two-way artist exchange. Its website offers background information on the theatre, its history, as well on activities organised by the institute.

The centre is part of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) which is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in Prague in 1948 by UNESCO and the international theatre community. A worldwide network, ITI aims to promote international exchange of knowledge and practice in theatre arts (drama, dance, music and theatre) in order to consolidate peace and solidarity between peoples, to deepen mutual understanding and increase creative co-operation between all people in the theatre arts.

In the ’90’s the Centre began a series of activities relating to ancient Greek drama. They have continued successfully to this day and have become significant cultural events of international appeal that have over the years achieved the establishment of a dialogue with intercultural dimensions. Through these activities ancient Greek drama is viewed from two perspectives: as a field of academic study and research and as a stage performance. The activities include:

(a) The INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM OF ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA was first organised in 1990. It has since then been held uninterruptedly, under the auspices of the Committee of Cultural Identity and Development of the I.T.I. every other year. It is attended by academics and theatre practitioners from countries all over the world.

(b) The INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA is an annual event which attracts professional theatre companies from various parts of the world. Over the last eleven years it hosted companies from Greece, Britain, U.S.A., Germany, Russia, Romania, Sweden, Croatia, Bulgaria, Italy/Austria, Korea and Cyprus. This wide international participation in the Festival helps to bring out the universality of ancient Greek drama and underline its living presence in today’s world. The Festival is held in the summer and specifically in July when Cyprus attracts visitors from all over the world. Thus with its performances it brings ancient Greek drama into contact with a multicultural audiences.

(c) The Summer Institute of Ancient Greek Drama which runs parallel to the Festival. Its courses, which are attended by students from Cyprus and other countries, last three weeks. They include theory and laboratory work which, in the end, leads to a stage presentation of a play from ancient Greek dramaturgy.

(d) The INTERNATIONAL ENCOUNTER OF DRAMA SCHOOLS AND THEATRE DEPARTMENTS OF UNIVERSITIES which takes place annually in July within the framework of the Festival and lasts a week. The Encounter involves groups of three to four students with their instructors from Drama Schools or University Theatre Departments, which give twenty-minute performances of scenes from ancient Greek plays at the ancient Odeon of Paphos. Their work is experimental and leads to a wide discussion between them and the students and instructors of the Summer Institute.