Born in Hungary, Csaba Antal studied set design in Prague with Joseph Svoboda after graduating in Architecture and continued his studies at the Université de la Sorbonne in Paris. During his career, he has worked for the Katona József Színház and the Vígszinház, both theatres in Budapest, with the Comédie Française, the Théâtre de l'Odéon in Paris, the Théâtre National in Strasbourg, the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, the Teatro Argentina in Rome, the Emilia Romagna Teatro Foundation, the Fundació Teatre Lliure in Barcelona, the Opernhaus Zürich, the Oper Bonn, the Baadisches Staatstheater de Karlsruhe, the Volsbühne, the Staatsoper Berlin, the Oper München, at the Theatre of Epidaurus. He organised the International Theatre Festival of Budapest Kunsthalle, the UTE Festival in Budapest, the Festival Venice Open Stage. He has received numerous awards and recognitions: his work has been exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial and the Triennial in Novi Sad, Serbia, at the Avignon Festival, the Budapest Palace of Exhibitions and the Petit Palais in Paris. He is a founding member of the Union des Théâtres de l'Europe, created by Giorgio Strehler in 1989. He has also held courses at the Budapest Conservatoire, the Giessen Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft, at the Théatre National in Strasbourg, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, at the Accademia di Brera in Milan, Harvard University in Boston/Cambridge, IUAV in Venice, ENSATT in Lyon, Maly Theatre Moscow, the Conservatoire in Paris and the Theaterakademie in Munich.
His stage designs for drama theatre: Théatre de l'Odéon Paris, Katona József Színház, Budapest: Tchekhov's Platonov Teatro Biondo, Palermo: Calderon's The Constant Prince Piccolo Teatro, Milan: Ibsen's Ghosts A.R.T. Boston/Cambridge: Brecht's Mother Courage (Eliott Norton Award for scenography 2000) Arena Stage, Washington DC: Tennessee Williams' Endstation Sehnsucht Oslo: Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle Nationaltheater Budapest: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonos Théâtre de l'Odéon, Paris: Therese Philosophe Epidaurus, Greece: Euripides, Medea Teatro Argentina, Rome: Le nozze di Figaro Teatro Argentina, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Rome: Brecht, The Resistible rise of Arturo Ui (Criticism Prize in Italy, 2012) Théâtre du Ronde Point, Paris: Simon Stephens, Harper Regan Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Modena: Kafka, The Metamorphosis (2014) Katona József Színház, Budapest: Thomas Bernhard, Heroes Square Katona József Színház, Budapest: Brecht, Mother Courage (2015) Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan: George Tabori,* The Goldberg Variations* (2016) Théatre Vörösmarty, Székesfehérvár: László Márton, Carmen (2017) Vígszinház Budapest: Shakespeare, Hamlet Teatro Franco Parenti Milan: Ibsen, Peer Gynt (2018) Trafo, Budapest: Thomas Bernhardt, Vaterland Szeged Open Air Stage: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet Vígszinház, Budapest: Chaplin's The Great Dictator Vígszinház, Budapest: Shakespeare Richard II (2020) Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan: Dostojevski's The Double (2021)
For opera, his stage designs include La Carriera di un libertino (Modena, Palermo), Madame Butterfly(Macerata), Tosca (Perugia), Peter Grimes, The Turn of the Screw, Boito's Mefistofeles (Budapest), The Barber of Seville (Budapest), Barber of Seville (Bonn), The Damnation of Faust (Leipzig), The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte, Idomeneo (Wiesbaden), Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Stifelio (Opernhaus Zürich), La Bohème, Didone abbandonata, Salomè (Prinzregenten Theatre Munich), La Fillencée Vendue (Berlin Staatsoper), The Magic Flute (Teatro comunale of Bolzano) and, most recently, 2018 Peter Grimes (Teatro Comunale di Bologna) and Artaserse (Bayreuth Markgräfischen Opernhaus).
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.