Europe has been commemorating the centenary of the First World War, remembering the pleadings of those calling for union so that war would never happen again. Between 2014 and 2018, our UTE member theatres show a series of productions tackling the different conflicts that have been shaking the lines of Europe from the outbreak of the Great War until today.
We could leave these national artistic works within their national context, but in our view of a united and open Europe a common sense of awareness can only be developed through dialogue and exchange. In the course of these years, our member theatres therefore work as one mobile network in the different CONFLICT ZONES of our history.
Junctions are created through FESTIVALS in France, Romania, Germany, through SHOWCASES in Israel, Austria, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Italy, and Portugal — with activities for theatre professionals and a wide audience across Europe, including ASSEMBLIES, CONFERENCES, ROUND TABLES, MASTERCLASSES, RESIDENCIES and THINK TANKS.
The connecting lines are drawn by groups of YOUNG EUROPEAN WITNESSES — spectators, critics, actors, playwrights, directors — who will accompany the development of the project, while simultaneously getting to meet each other, exchanging points of views and creating together.
We believe that artists should not stay silent or isolated, and that it is their duty to reflect on the threats that humanity is facing.
CONFLICT ZONES | ZONES DE CONFLIT
A three-year programme For theatre professionals, artists and spectators Featuring festivals, showcases, assemblies, conferences, round-tables, masterclasses, think-tanks and other various activities
Produced by the Union des Théâtres de l'Europe And all the UTE member theatres With the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
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.