中国剧协于1981年正式加入国际剧协， 2008年当选为执委会成员国和常委会成员国。2008年10月，我会在南京成功举办了国际剧协“第31届世界戏节”，获得国际剧协高度评价。为了更好地贯彻中央对外文化宣传工作的精神，进一步扩大对外文化交流，提高中国在国际剧坛的地位，增强我国文化的影响力， 经中国剧协积极争取，时隔三年，又获国际剧协第33届世界代表大会主办权。此前，亚洲国家中仅韩国、菲律宾主办过国际剧协世界代表大会。
The journey to Xiqu, Grant Event of Cultural Exchanges
The 33rd ITI World Congress will be held in Xiamen,
Fujian Province, China, in September, 2011
Co-sponsored by the International Theatre Institute (ITI), China Theatre Association (CTA), the Xiamen Municipal Government and the Department of Culture of Fujian Province, and undertaken by Chinese Centre of ITI, Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio-Film-Television, Press & Publication, the 33rd ITI World Congress will begin on September 19th, 2011, in Xiamen, Fujian Province. Over 300 distinguished guests, delegates, theatrical artists from more than 70 countries and regions, and 700 leaders, specialists, theatrical artists, performers and staff from Chinese theatre circles and news media will participate in the congress.
Founded in 1948, ITI is a non-governmental international organization which has close cooperative relations with the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO). At present, it has about 99 member, the biggest professional cultural organization in the field of performing arts. The ITI World Congress is usually convened once every two years. During the congress, ITI and its 11 professional committees would assess the work of the past two years, re-elect ITI leading members, make plan for the future, and organize plenty of colorful activities of professional exchanges at the same time.
In 1981, China Theatre Association officially (CTA) joined ITI. In 2008, CTA was elected as a member-state of Executive Board and of Standing Committee of ITI. In October the same year, CTA successfully hosted “the 31st Theatre of the Nations” of ITI. Three years later, the Chinese Centre of ITI won the approval to host the 33rd ITI World Congress. Korea and Philippine hosted the ITI World Congress before.
The theme of the present congress is “A Journey to Xiqu, Connecting Cultures.”
This congress consists of three parts. The first part is statutory meetings including ITI General Assembly, executive board meeting, various regular meetings of the 11 professional committees and general election, etc.
The second part is about artistic part which is the most characteristic part of the congress. It is rich, colorful and can be divided into 3 types:
Type 1: Symposiums and information exchange meetings, for example, international symposium on the subject of “Empowering the Performing ArtsHow can it contribute to a culturally diverse future?”; presentation of playwrights from Hong Kong and the mainland of China; information exchange meeting of International Theatre Festival Forum; orientation for young theatrical workers; lectures on international co-operation etc.
Type 2: Theatre workshops include two workshops introducing Chinese traditional opera art. In addition, there are 3 more theatre workshops including “Home / House Workshop” by New Project Group, “World Theatre Training Workshop” by TECOM, and “Peace in Two Minutes Workshop” by Dance Committee.
Type 3: display, exhibition, international show and performance including ITI exhibition; projects presentation by CIDC; “Drumming Waves”, a unique cross-culture installation art project by Music Theatre Committee; and co-operative show “Episodes of the Life of Confucius” presented by ITI/UNESCO Chair.
The third part is the performance of Chinese outstanding repertoires. The popular Plum-Award Art Troupe of Chinese Theatre Association will dedicate to the guests from China and abroad, a colorful variety show, on the opening day. The other repertoires being performed are 7 outstanding pieces created in the past 30 years since China’s reform and opening up to the world, including Cao Cao and Yang Xiu by Shanghai Peking Opera Troupe, The Ballad of the Supreme King by the National Theatre of China, The Master Builder by Lin Zhaohua Theatre Studio, A Strand of Hemp by Hangzhou Yueju Opera Troupe, Jin Zi by Chongqing Sichuan Opera Troupe, Saving the Orphan by the Second Henan Yuju Opera Troupe and The Scholar and the Widow by Liyuan Opera Experimental Troupe of Fujian Province. In addition to this, the other 3 fine new works by theatre artists of Fujian will be also presented. They are: Thunderstorm by the Fujian People’s Art Theatre, Frogs’ Croak in the Lotus Pond by Xiamen Guaahey Company and Sister A Da by Xiamen Jinliansheng Gaojia Opera Troupe.
The congress will provide a good opportunity for Chinese traditional opera art to have intensive appearance and overall display on the world stage. It will serve as a platform for Chinese theatrical artists to have close contacts and deep exchanges with their counterparts of the world. Thus, a new chapter for Sino-foreign theatre exchanges will be composed.
Meet in September; Meet in Xiamen; Enjoy the journey to Xiqu, enjoy the grant event of cultural exchanges.
May the 33rd ITI World Congress a complete success!