A few days to go

The Swedish Biennial for Performing Arts is organized by Teaterunionen and will take place in Jönköping May 21–26 2013. The host theatre for 2013 is Smålands Musik & Teater.

The Biennial features guest appearances with productions from across Sweden, workshops, seminars and many other opportunities for artistic exchange and dialogue.

Read more anout the Biennial at the website.

The International Dance Day 2013 message

It is said in the Great Preface of “The Book of Songs,” an anthology of Chinese poems dating from the 10th to the 7th century BC:

“The emotions are stirred and take form in words.
If words are not enough, we speak in sighs.
If sighs are not enough, we sing them.
If singing is not enough, then unconsciously
our hands dance them and our feet tap them.”

Dance is a powerful expression.
It speaks to earth and heaven.
It speaks of our joy, our fear and our wishes.
Dance speaks of the intangible, yet reveals the state of mind of a person and the temperaments and characters of a people.

Like many cultures in the world, the indigenous people in Taiwan dance in circle.
Their ancestors believed that evils would be kept out of the circle.
With hands linked, they share the warmth of each other and move in communal pulses.
Dance brings people together.

And dance happens at the vanishing point.
Movements disappear as they occur.
Dance exists only in that fleeting instant.
It is precious. It is a metaphor of life itself.

In this digital age, images of movements take millions of forms.
They are fascinating.
But, they can never replace dance because images do not breathe.
Dance is a celebration of life.

Come, turn off your television, switch off your computer, and come to dance.
Express yourself through that divine and dignified instrument, which is our body.
Come to dance and join people in the waves of pulses.
Seize that precious and fleeting moment.
Come to celebrate life with dance.

Lin Hwai-Min, founder and artistic director  Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

© LIU Chen-hsiang

© LIU Chen-hsiang

ACAR announcement

ACAR protests against dismissal of Valery N. Raykov, general manager of the Saratov Youth Theatre

Mid of January, the local government of the Saratov region (Russia) removed the general manager of one of the most prominent Russian theatres. He was indicted to be responsable for a fire accident in the theatre in October 2012. Valeriy Nickolayevich Raykov, who was leading the Saratov Youth Theatre named after Kisselev since 30 years to high national and international reputation, was fired contrary to the wishes of the theatre staff.

Alfira Arslanova, Secretary General, ITI-Russia:
“The dismissal took place after the fire in the theatre which happened in October last year, in spite of fire-prevention was found in accordance with norms and regulations and the theatre manager wasn’t charged with anything. The Governor of Saratov Region neither gave an official reply to the theatre nor considered it necessary to answer many appeals of prominent Russian and foreign professionals of performing arts in defense of a person who spent more than 30 years serving theatre famous in Russia and abroad for its productions.
There are letters from Professional Guild of Theatre Managers of Russia, Theatre Union of Russia, employees of Saratov Youth Theatre and stage director Matthias Langhoff. They are written by professionals in support of their colleague, whose prolonged absence from the theatre does only harm to both the theatre centre and theatre-lovers.
ITI Russian National Centre voices a protest against this kind of ill treatment of performing arts professionals on the part of bureaucracy and demands local authorities of Saratov Region to start dialogue”

Ann Mari Engel, President of ACAR and Vice President of the ITI wrote in an open letter to the Governor of the Saratov Region:
“We want to join the Russian centre of the International Theatre Institute in its protest and request to reinstate V.N.Raykov in the position of theatre manager. We regard this arbitrary decision; made against the wishes of the theatre company, to be a violation of the freedom of the arts. We urge the authorities to start a constructive dialogue with the theatre and to listen to all the voices from the international theatre community.”

Alexander A.Kalyagin, President, People’s Artist of Russia
A.E.Polyankin, President, Professional Guild of Theatre Managers of Russia
(English translation)
Interational supporters: Letter from Matthias Langhoff (German/French director)

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Applications shall be addressed to theboard. Please, send a mail to info (at) scensverige.se for questions regarding membership.

All members of Teaterunionen appoints a representative to the Council that meets twice a year. From the Council is elected Board of Directors, Education Committee and working groups on various issues.

The representatives receive regular information and our publications free of charge. Members also get help with international contacts.

Members pay an annual membership fee, based on their economic viability.

Happy Holidays

Teaterunionen’s office is closed between Christmas and New Year and will open again January 2.

The Swedish Biennial for Performing Arts

The Swedish Biennial for Performing Arts will take place in Jönköping May 21-26 2013. The Biennial features guest appearances with productions from across Sweden, workshops, seminars and many other opportunities for artistic exchange and dialogue.

You can find the festival program and the registration at scenkonstbiennalen.se.


The ITI worldwide express our deepest concern over the judgement against Pussy Riots which is severe violation of the human rights and the freedom of expression.

We forward the statement made yesterday by the Women Playwrights International Conference (WPIC) congress in Stockholm:

WE ARE ALL PUSSY RIOT – A statement by the Women Playwrights International Conference

“The verdict on the 17th of August 2012 against Pussy Riot is an unacceptable violation of the basic human right that is free speech.

This verdict is a personal affront to all of us and a genuine threat to artistic freedom and cultural expression worldwide.

This verdict is not just an attack on three women in Russia; it is a deliberate attempt to suppress universal freedom – freedom of speech, freedom of artistic expression, freedom to dissent, as well as the right to engage in activism.

Maria, Nadezdha and Yekaterina are not alone. Do not let them think they are.
For information on how to act for the release of the Pussy Riot, visit Amnesty International´s website.

We are their sisters ­- From now on we are all Pussy Riot!

The Women Playwrights International Conference represents female artists from all over the world. We are women from 51 countries. Every continent is represented.”

Women and Creating: Rights and Possibilities

During the Women Playwrights International Conference (WPIC) in Stockholm, Teaterunionen will host a workshop/ seminar. August 17, 10.00 – 11.30

A discussion with participants and audience about working worldwide with empowering women’s rights and promoting the possibilities for women to create.

Kerstin Grebäck
, president of the organisation Women to Woman, vice-president of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, recipient of Rights Livelihood Price.

Agneta Pleijel, playwright and member of Swedish PEN. Agneta Pleijel is one of Sweden’s most prominent writers of plays and novels, professor in dramatic writing and former president of the Swedish PEN.

Katarina Bergehed, in charge of women’s rights , Amnesty Sweden

Ann Mari Engel
, managing director of Teaterunionen and  president of the Action Committee for Artist’s Rights of the International Theatre Institute

Organised by:
ITI:s Action Committee for Artist’s Rights

Swedstage 2012

Swedstage 2012 is the Swedish showcase for theatre. Swedstage is organized by Teaterunionen/ Swedish ITI and ASSITEJ Sweden and it will take place in Stockholm November 18-20 2012. During three days in Stockholm, we will present Swedish performances and plays of the highest quality for children, youth and adults. All the performances are suitable for international touring and are accessible for an international audience.

Read more about the performances, registration, and schedule HERE.