Friday, March 27, 2015

World Theatre Day in Education !

Krzysztof Warlikowski, Polish Director
credits: © Bartek Warzecha

"Theatre has the power to move, inspire, transform and educate in ways that no other art form can. Theatre reflects both the extraordinary diversity of cultures and our shared human condition, in all its vulnerability and strength."

Irina Bokova, Director-General of Unesco, message 

World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI). It is celebrated annually on the 27th March by ITI Centres and the international theatre community. 

Various national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion. 

One of the most important of these is the circulation of the World Theatre Day International Message through which at the invitation of ITI, a figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace. 

The first World Theatre Day International Message was written by Jean Cocteau (France) in 1962. 

The author of the World Theatre Day Message 2015 is the Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski.


"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."

Krzysztof Warlikowski

credits : The Fulton Theatre
credits: The Fulton Academy

On the 27th March 2015, most of European schools are closed. It's Easter season. But you can always include Theatre into your school curriculum after Spring break.

Theatre in education is used to encourage effective learning in schools. It calls for careful consideration of the audience's age and requirements in order to engage them and get the message across. 

It complements school curriculum and illustrate the dynamic relationship between the performing arts and literature, history, science and world cultures. 

The idea of a high impact performance for a specifically targeted school audience became very popular. Because the audiences are small, students can be encouraged to participate through work in role and through debate. 
Projects can be supported with resource materials and training or support for the teachers.

credits : BBC

Teachers may invite an actor to a debate with the students. And why not exciting educational workshops for young theater enthusiasts. 
The workshops will not only provide instruction on acting and theatre, but will "help students build their public speaking skills and confidence by using more nontraditional, artistic teaching methods."
Even so, after Easter break go to the theatre next the school in your city with your students! Best lesson you can share with you students about theatre.

If you are teaching at a Vocational school of Theatre, of course you will talk a lot and will have special activities to celebrate the day.

Level: All levels

Curriculum: Cross-curricular.

How to find celebrations all over the world:

Students can celebrate WTD 2015 by clicking on the map of celebrations to find out more about the different events organized for WTD 2015 all over the world.

 “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.

Krzysztof Warlikowski


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