UTE 30 Years Celebration

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30 years ago, two visionary artists – Giorgio Strehler and Jack Lang – created the Union of European Theatres. (...) UTE preceded as a model the European Union itself, including the artistically most powerful companies and artists from countries across the continent, many of them not even today members of the EU. It demonstrated that culture cannot be limited by borders and zones of geopolitical or economic interests and theatre must be an instrument in

guiding all humanity in its quest for freedom, peace, justice, and aspiration for a better world.

Gábor Tompa, UTE President, Introduction to UTE 30 Anniversary Album


Union des Théâtres de l'Europe gathered, in the last 3 decades, some of the most important European theatres and artists. Through festivals, exhibitions, exchanges, masterclasses, cooperation projects, the UTE help create a continuous flow between West and East, between generations, between tradition and innovation. Our celebration is inspired by this rich history. With the help of the Interferences International Theatre Festival we wish to remember some of the best performances presented at past editions of the UTE festival and look forward to new horizons.


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The UTE Festival was, since its very first edition, one of the most important theatre festivals in Europe, a meeting point of artists and theatre lovers. The performances presented at the festival are remembered as some of the best of their time. UTE celebrates its 30 years and 18 festival editions with a selection of 10 performances and the documentary La tentation faustienne to be streamed on the UTE Vimeo channel. Details and program are available here.


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The UTE 30 Anniversary Album tells the history of the UTE and its festivals through photos, accompanied by introductions written by Gábor Tompa, UTE president, Lev Dodin, UTE honorary president, Anna Badora, UTE honorary member and former UTE vice-president, Elie Malka, former UTE director and Georges Banu, UTE honorary member. Present and former members are assembled and represented in its 304 pages.

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Since its founding, UTE had an active role in creating a bridge between generations. The UTE Masterclasses and workshops were a wonderful opportunity for young actors and directors to learn and work with renowned stage professionals such as Georges Lavaudant, Viktor Bodó, Eric de Vroedt, Alexandru Darie, Csaba Antal, Andrew Visnevsky, Margarita Mladenova and Ivan Dobchev, to name a few.

Selected young professionals will take part in Space and Predicament, an online talk with Declan Donnellan, continuing this very important UTE tradition.