Festival of Contemporary Theatre- Myanmar
(iUi # 02: Initiating, Updating & Integrating)
Seminars (4-6 February 2010)
Workshops (7-11 February 2010)
Festival (12-13 February 2010)
Alliance Française de Rangoun
(French Cultural Centre-Yangon)
340, Pyay Road
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With this aim of promoting contemporary theatre practice which is virtually non-existent or extremely malnourished (if not dying out) in Myanmar, theatre of the disturbed, in 2008, initiated the event of contemporary theatre under the title “iUi: process of initiating, updating and integrating-Festival of contemporary theatre” which is to be held on a basis of every two years.
As a result, from 2-10 February 2008, theatre of the disturbed successfully organized the first festival of contemporary theatre & performance art (iUi # 1) in Yangon, Myanmar with the participation of local and international artists, and also with the generous support from ANA and Asian Cultural Council. During the 9-day event which covers workshops & seminars on theatre and performance art, and several theatre productions of works by local/international playwrights, and performance art works, a meaningful cultural dialogue was successfully developed between Myanmar and visiting foreign artists for the further improvement of theatre & dramatic arts and performance art in Myanmar.
The project “iUi # 02” is going to be open from 4 to 13 February 2010 as the continuation of the process of promoting contemporary theatre and dramatic arts & literature for the further improvement of cultural knowledge within local art community in Myanmar.
This project is aimed at extending the boundary of the practices of contemporary art expressions in the field of performing arts (theatre, drama and dramatic literature) within local art community, empowering the knowledge of cultural activities by means of non-institutional education in Myanmar, and promoting cultural exchange between local and international art communities through artistic as well as academic approaches.
Although Myanmar has a resourceful background of traditional dramatic arts, dance, and music, it is now sad to witness that contemporary practice of theatre is still under-nourished in Myanmar. One decisive factor is that there is only one cultural university where dramatic arts are taught in Myanmar and that state-run institute favours only traditional methods towards theatre and drama. Therefore the access to contemporary practices of theatre and dramatic arts is extremely restricted in Myanmar. In addition, Myanmar contemporary dramatic literature is virtually dying out which is another fact largely contributing to the under-nourishment of contemporary theatre practice in Myanmar.
Since one of the major interests of theatre of the disturbed is of theatre and dramatic arts, the main focus of this project “iUi # 02” will be on promoting contemporary theatre practice and dramatic literature in Myanmar. However it is important to note that this project is not aimed at contesting already-existing forms of traditional theatre and dramatic arts in Myanmar. On the other hand, the goal of this project is towards integrating contemporary practices of theatre and dramatic arts which are unknown or yet to be practiced within the field of performing arts in Myanmar so that local theatre artists (both established and emerging) can improve their practicing art forms, and local art community as well as general public can be more informed about theatre and dramatic arts in contemporary context in Myanmar. Also, since there will be international theatre artists from different backgrounds visiting the festival, a meaningful knowledge exchange concerning theatre and dramatic arts between local and international art communities is expected to be achieved.
Therefore, the project “iUi # 02” aims at initiating alternative (non-institutional) approach towards theatre activities in contemporary context which are not widely known yet in Myanmar in the light of reviving the interest of theatre among public and also for the further improvement of theatre & dramatic arts in Myanmar.
Brief history of theatre of the disturbed
Theatre of the disturbed is a non-profit and independent theatre group based in
Since its formation, the group has been actively involved in both local and international art scenes (visual and performing arts in particular). Since the formation of the group in
Most remarkably, the group successfully organized the very first festival of contemporary theatre and performance art (iUi#01) in
Besides, theatre of the disturbed is the only local theatre group that premiered the plays of Samuel Beckett (Waiting for Godot, Not I, Rockaby, Oh! Happy Days, Act without words 2) and Eugene Ionesco (Rhinoceros) in