The Union des Théâtres de l'Europe

 

The Union des Théâtres de l'Europe (UTE) is an alliance of European theatres, legally headquartered in France and operating out of an executive office in Germany.

Regarded as one of the most influential theatre associations in Europe, the Union des Théâtres de l'Europe is also deeply rooted in the history of European theatre. Its origin goes back more than thirty years when three theatres in Italy, France and Spain decided to form an international alliance called "Théâtres de l'Europe / Teatri d'Europa". More and more theatres became interested in this exchange, and in 1990 the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, and the director of the Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Giorgio Strehler, founded the "Union des Théâtres de l'Europe" on this basis. First centered on a programme of regular festivals aiming to unite East and West, the union has developed into an alliance of European theatres combining artistic and political goals and using existing artistic platforms in order to strengthen professional exchange and to promote an open Europe of culture.

Today, the Union des Théâtres de l'Europe unites 34 members, amongst which 16 major theatres with national and international influence from all over Europe and beyond. The theatres from Porto, Moscow, Athens, Cluj, Vienna, Belgrade, Bucharest, Cologne, Luxemburg, Sofia, Milan, Prague, Thessaloniki, Rome, and Budapest completed with independent and associated members from France, Hungary, Poland and Georgia are represented in 16 countries. Their goal is to collaborate on an international level and strengthen the role and value of European public theatres. Together they represent an area that increasingly encompasses the entire European continent and even transcends it with members in Israel, Palestine and partner-artists in various Arab countries.

With more than 10,000 performances and 3 million spectators a year, UTE member theatres offer a wide range of events, including productions, world premieres of new drama; projects on current political issues; cooperation between various international festivals; conferences on important political and artistic topics; roundtables with artists, managers and politicians intended to attract and include a broader audience; projects with young artists and young audiences; masterclasses; literary and academic publications; and think tanks for the development of new working strategies.  

Elected Cultural Ambassador by the European Commission in 2012, head of a project on different forms of terrorism, including Israeli, Norwegian, German, French and Serbian theatres, and elected as one of the most significant theatre network to be supported by the European Commission (CONFLICT ZONES | ZONES DE CONFLIT), the UTE sees its mission in an artistic, political and societal sphere. Its activities go along three major axes: the development of international and transnational collaborations; the maintenance and transmission of Europe's cultural heritage, focusing on its appropriation by young artists; and the questioning, development and renewal of this heritage through ground-breaking artistic projects, but also political projects, all of which offer a critical reflection on today's society.

 

Members of the UTE:

AUSTRIA

Volkstheater Wien (Vienna)

Member since: 2015

Director: ANNA BADORA

 

BULGARIA

Theatre Laboratory Sfumato (Sofia)

Member since 2011

Director: MARGARITA MLADENOVA and IVAN DOBCHEV

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

Městská divadla pražská - Prague City Theatres (Prague)

Member since 2018

Artistic director: MICHAL DOČEKAL

Managing director: DANIEL PŘIBYL

 

GERMANY

Schauspiel Köln (Cologne)

Member since 2017

Artistic director: STEFAN BACHMANN

 

GREECE

National Theatre of Northern Greece (Thessaloniki)

Member since 1996

Director: YANNIS ANASTASAKIS

 

National Theatre of Greece (Athens)

Member since 2009

Director: DIMITRIS LIGNADIS

 

HUNGARY

Vígszínház (Budapest)

Member since 2015

Director: ENIKŐ ESZENYI

 

ITALY

Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d'Europa (Milan)

Member since 1990

Director: SERGIO ESCOBAR
 

Teatro di Roma (Rome)

Member since 1994

Director: Giorgio Barberio Corsetti

 

LUXEMBOURG

Théâtre National du Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Member since 2013

Director: FRANK HOFFMANN

 

PORTUGAL

Teatro Nacional São João (Porto)

Member since 2003

Artistic Director: NUNO CARDOSO

 

ROMANIA

Bulandra - Teatru al Europei (Bucharest)

Member since 1991

Director: ALEXANDRU DARIE (1959-2019)
 

Hungarian Theatre of Cluj (Cluj-Napoca)

Member since 2008

Director: GÁBOR TOMPA

 

RUSSIA

Maly Theatre (Moscow)

Member since 2010

Director: YURY MEFODIEVICH SOLOMIN
 

Stanislavsky Electrotheatre (Moscow)

Member since 2017

Artistic Director: BORIS YUKHANANOV

 

SERBIA

Yugoslav Drama Theatre (Belgrade)

Member since 2006

Artistic Director: GORČIN STOJANOVIĆ

 

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS

Honorific members:

ANATOLIJ VASSILIEV, director (Russia)

ANDRZEJ WAJDA (1926 - 2016), director and filmmaker (Poland)

GEORGES BANU, essayist, professor, critic (Romania/ France)

ILAN RONEN, stage and artistic director (Israel)

JACK LANG, politician (France)

KRYSTIAN LUPA, stage director (Poland)

LEV DODIN, artistic director (Russia)

PATRICE CHÉREAU (1944 - 2013), director (France)

ROBERT STURUA, director (Georgia)

TAMÁS ASCHER, stage director (Hungary)

GEORGES LAVAUDANT, stage director, playwright (France)

 

Personal members:

CSABA ANTAL, set designer (Hungary)

SILVIU PURCĂRETE, stage director (Romania)

FRANCISCA CARNEIRO FERNANDES, (Portugal)

STATIS LIVATHINOS, stage director (Greece)

 

PRESIDENT & BOARD

President:

GÁBOR TOMPA • Cluj-Napoca, Romania

 

President of Honour:

LEV DODIN • Maly Drama Theatre | Saint Petersburg, Russia

 

Vice President:

ANNA BADORA • Vienna, Austria

 

Secretary:

STATHIS LIVATHINOS • Athens, Greece

 

Treasurer:

FRANCISCA CARNEIRO FERNANDES • Porto, Portugal

 

Members of the Board of Directors:

MICHAL DOČEKAL • Prague, Czech Republic

BEATE HEINE • Cologne, Germany

GORČIN STOJANOVIĆ • Belgrade, Serbia

 

UTE

Union des Théâtres de l'Europe

1, boulevard Lénine

93000 Bobigny

France

 

Executive Office

Hüttenstraße 11

40215 Düsseldorf

Germany