I Marts måned var Teaterhøjskolen Rødkilde inviteret til Performing Art world Meeting (ECUM 2008) i Brasilien for at fortælle om skolens ideer og give eksempler på undervisningen.
Teaterhøjskolens forstanderfrue, skuespiller Johanne de Fine Licht var inviteret til Belo Horisonte for at lede en 3 dages workshop for brasilianske skuespillere for derefter sammen med forstanderen, teaterinstruktør Bjarne Sloth Thorup og to tidligere elever fra Teaterhøjskolen at fremlægge skolens ideer og vise arbejdsdemonstrationer for brasilianske teaterfolk på et af byens teatre.
Ugen efter blev seancen gentaget på et teater i verdens trediestørste by, Sao Paolo.
Hver andet år inviterer og betaler den brasilianske organisation ECUM for at teaterfolk fra hele verden kommer til Brasilien, for at udveksle erfaringer og ideer med det brasilianske teater. Begivenheden strækker sig over to uger hvert andet år og indeholder foredrag, workshops, eksempler på arbejdsmetoder og brudstykker af forestillinger.
Carlos Simioni, grundlægger af Teatro Lume og gæsteunderviser på Teaterhøjskolen Rødkilde de sidste tre år, anså vores koncept for værende så væsentlig, at han ønskede os som repræsentanter for “Teatret og fremtiden”, der var temaet for konferencen.
Udover Teaterhøjskolen Rødkilde fra Danmark var der bl.a. repræsentanter fra Japan, Egypten, Israel, Tjekkiet, Ungarn, Canada, Afganistan, USA og fra Teatre du Solei, Frankrig. Og naturligvis teatre fra hele Brasilien.
Information om ECUM:
In Latin-American context of cultural events, ECUM PERFORMING ARTS WORLD MEETING stands out for its importance and meaning.
As a forum on contemporary themes concerning the making of theater, ECUM presents important results of the fostering of the theatrical activity in a broad and universal context.
As a workshop producer, it has provided a wide range of students from the performing arts world, as well as from other fields of study, with the possibility of education and the acquisition of experience and knowledge. It also stands as a mediator and facilitator in the interchange between foreign and Brazilian professionals, national and international institutions, either academic or not.
Approximately 10.000 students and performing arts professionals from all over the country participated in ECUMs first five editions, held in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006. Theoretical and practical workshops, conferences, speeches, open classes and performances gathered 491 representatives from 31 different countries, namely Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Mali, Mexico, , Portugal, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tchec Republic, UK, Uruguai, USA, Venezuela and Yuguslavia.
The meeting confirmed its initial belief that the differences imposed by diverse languages and cultures would not hinder a legitimate exchange of experiences. Expanding horizons, searching for other cultures, other forms of action and new gestures, ECUM intends to continue fostering the growth of the seed it planted in 1998: the eagerness, the exchange of experiences and the search for knowledge, which may become a permanent fuel for performing arts students and professionals.
ECUM PERFORMING ARTS WORLD MEETINGs 10th year Especial Edition, will be held in Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (Brazil) from March 14th through March 29rd 2008, and its central theme will be: Emerging Scenes Dialogues with the future.
In addition to the forum featuring performing arts world personalities, ECUM promotes updating workshops, speeches, theater and dance performances, outdoor concerts and fine arts exhibitions.
Furthermore, the event grants scholarships to low-income students, as well as free access to performances and workshops, expanding and democratizing the access to information, therefore playing an important social, educational and cultural role. It has also produced and launched two CD-ROMs on the first three editions of the event.
The educational and cultural development, enabling professionals of the area to expand their knowledge, bringing together professionals and students, fostering the stage activity and the diffusion of contemporary themes for the general public are among its main goals.
ECUMs cultural importance resides in the fact that there is no such event in Latin America or elsewhere in the world, as declared Ariane Mnouckine of Théâtre du Soleil/Paris to the Brazilian press. Therefore, it fills up an important gap, drawing the attention of institutions, universities, students and professionals worldwide.
Socio-cultural profile of ECUMs audience
Mostly performing arts students and professionals, but also the general public interested in deepening their knowledge of the performing arts.
15 to 80 years old.
More than 50% of ECUMs audience is composed of performing arts students from Brazilian and foreign universities, as well as from technical and open performing arts schools. Several performing arts professionals such as actors, directors, playwrights, dancers, choreographers also participate in the event.
An estimated total of 40.000 people participated in the first five editions of the forum.
Having achieved four editions (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006), ECUM has made Belo Horizonte an important performing arts center in the world, enabling direct benefits to more than 10.000 people linked to the performing arts.
Born from a sensitive and idealistic initiative of young artists from Belo Horizonte, who perceived the immense gap between the making of theater and the consequent and deepened reflection about this process, ECUM came to bring together thinkers and achievers as well as to promote the interchange and the qualification of professionals and students.
Only of the kind in Latin America, it is one of the few world forums of intelligent debate on the performing arts.« Alle indlæg