East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the
development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

International Conference "Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity"

Sylwia Śmigiel

"Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity" is the annual international multidisciplinary conference researching the Bridge between Tradition and Contemporaneity in performing arts.

Performing arts in the era of constantly evolving technology - traditional forms of performing arts constantly reconsidered and reshaped by contemporary practitioners.

Performing arts traditions influencing, enhancing and co-mingling in contemporary performing arts processes and inspiring our artistic expression - what means "traditional" and "contemporary" for performers, artists and audience today?

Astonishing phenomena of arts appearing on the intersection of cultures, when the borders of countries become conditional - getting inspired by the unique connection and stepping beyond usual practices.

Traditions as the impulse to search for the universal “intercultural” language in contemporary performance and artistic expression. Traditions as the inexhaustible source of inspiration for contemporary generation of artists and firm foundation for intercultural dialogue.



The conference meeting is highly recommended to performing arts practitioners and researchers from different countries interested in the traditional methods as applied to contemporary performing arts work, searching for international network opportunities and new collaboration partners: performing arts academics, arts educators and teachers, performers of various genres and techniques, theatre directors, dancers and choreographers, arts administrators and producers, musicians, stage designers costume designers, mask makers, multimedia artists, scriptwriters, playwrights, theatre critics and arts journalists.

The conference offers the opportunity:

  • to exchange experience and share ideas in contemporary performing arts education and training, rehearsal process and performance practice;
  • to become familiar with diverse methods and techniques in contemporary performing arts inspired and formed in the connection with the world traditional heritage;
  • to meet colleagues from all over the world, establish new contacts and lay the foundation for future networking and collaboration in multicultural and multilingual artistic environment.

The conference creates the encounter of different arts in multicultural and multilingual artistic environment and offers a platform for performers, performing arts educators and teachers to find new collaboration partners from all continents.

The conference working language is English.

Additional important information: 


PROGRAMME Download printable PDF version here

REGISTRATION FOR PARTICIPANTS (for those who wish to participate in practical workshops and events)   

To apply for participation, please send a cover letter briefly describing professional activity to [email protected] 

The participation fee is 450 EUR (early bird reduced fee), (550 EUR - if payment is made after the early bird deadline).The fee covers participation in all events of the programme. Group Registration Discounts. We offer a discounted conference registration rate for groups of three or more people - 350 EUR per person. The fee covers participation in all events of the programme. Student Registration Discounts. There is a discounted conference registration rate for students - 250 EUR per person. For student groups of three or more people there is a special discounted registration rate - 180 EUR per person.

The fee covers participation in all events of the programme. 

REGISTRATION FOR OBSERVERS (for those who wish to attend and observe the workshops without participating)     

To register for the Conference programme as an Observer, please send a cover letter briefly describing professional activity to [email protected] 

There are three payment options for Observers: Observation of the whole conference programme. The fee - 250 EUR, Two-day programme attendance. The fee - 180 EUR, One-day programme attendance. The fee - 95 EUR.


MORE INFORMATION: http://www.iugte.com/projects/theatretraditions