Theatre Olympics 2019 is a large scale international festival, a venue for development of global theatre integration and dialogue between theatre professionals from around the world.
In 2019, for the first time in its history, the Theatre Olympics will be held in two countries at the same time — Russia and Japan. Shows presented by best foreign theatres and national theatres from various Russian regions, as well as lectures and workshops by leading theatre figures will take place in St. Petersburg and in various regions of Russia from June to December. An extensive exchange program with Japan will take place.
At present we are working on launching the full version of the website. Soon you will be able to study the event program in detail and learn more about the participants of the Theatre Olympics.
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The Theatre Olympics was first held in 1993. The project was initiated by the famous theatre director Theodoros Terzopoulos. The first Theatre Olympics took place in 1994, in the cradle of global theatre, the Greek city of Delphi.
The founding fathers of the Theatre Olympic movement were the classics of global theatre — directors Theodoros Terzopoulos, Yuri Lyubimov, Heiner Müller, Tadashi Suzuki, and Robert Wilson.
The main idea behind the Theatre Olympics is to bring together various schools of theatre under one banner.
During the Theatre Olympics the most irreconcilable of opponents, adherents of often directly opposite views on theatre, come together to present the most comprehensive view on the contemporary theatre.
In various years the Theatre Olympics was held in Greece, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, Poland, and China. The Theatre Olympics is returning to Russia for the second time: in 2001 the event was held in Moscow.
Changes in the program are possible.