World Theatre Day to all of our colleagues, friends and associates around the globe!
WTD highlights and celebrates the theatre every year on March 27th. World Theatre Day is also the anniversary of the founding of Roles 4 Women. Against all odds - Today Roles 4 women is ten years old!
Every World Theatre Day begins with an important message. The author of this year's Message of World Theatre Day 2015 is the Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski.
World Theater Day Message 2015
The true masters of the theater are most easily found far from the
stage. And they generally have no interest in theater as a machine for
replicating conventions and reproducing clichés. They search out the
pulsing source, the living currents that tend to bypass performance
halls and the throngs of people bent on copying some world or another.
We copy instead of create worlds that are focused or even reliant on
debate with an audience, on emotions that swell below the surface. And
actually there is nothing that can reveal hidden passions better than
Most often I turn to prose for guidance. Day in and day out I find
myself thinking about writers who nearly one hundred years ago
described prophetically but also restrainedly the decline of the
European gods, the twilight that plunged our civilization into a
darkness that has yet to be illumined. I am thinking of Franz Kafka,
Thomas Mann and Marcel Proust. Today I would also count John Maxwell
Coetzee among that group of prophets.
Their common sense of the inevitable end of the world—not of the
planet but of the model of human relations—and of social order and
upheaval, is poignantly current for us here and now. For us who live
after the end of the world. Who live in the face of crimes and
conflicts that daily flare in new places faster even than the
ubiquitous media can keep up. These fires quickly grow boring and
vanish from the press reports, never to return. And we feel helpless,
horrified and hemmed in. We are no longer able to build towers, and the
walls we stubbornly construct do not protect us from anything—on the
contrary, they themselves demand protection and care that consumes a
great part of our life energy. We no longer have the strength to try
and glimpse what lies beyond the gate, behind the wall. And that’s
exactly why theater should exist and where it should seek its strength.
To peek inside where looking is forbidden.
“The legend seeks to explain what cannot be explained. Because it
is grounded in truth, it must end in the inexplicable”—this is how
Kafka described the transformation of the Prometheus legend. I feel
strongly that the same words should describe the theater. And it is
that kind of theater, one which is grounded in truth and which finds its
end in the inexplicable, that I wish for all its workers, those on the
stage and those in the audience, and I wish that with all my heart.
Translation: Philip Boehm
Supported by Theatre Communications Group and the U.S. Center of ITI
Screen shot of Liz and Jenny from "Missing You" installation, Odyssey Simulator, by Liz Solo. Photograph of Janis Spence and Mercedes Barry by Kent Barrett.