HCA NEWS International Amateur Theater Festival

Amateur theater groups from all over the world will meet in Esbjerg and Ribe County in Denmark in 2005.

By Mikkel Stjernberg - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 22 January 2004

Amateur theater groups from all over the world will meet in western Jutland October 7 - 15, 2005, for a week-long amateur theater festival to focus on the life and universe of Hans Christian Andersen. The festival, which will take place under the name THE MEETING PLACE 2005, is being arranged by Landsforeningen for Dramatisk Virksomhed, DATS (Dansk Amatør Teater Samvirke) [The Danish Amateur Theatre Association], and is being supported by Hans Christian Andersen 2005 as a part of the international celebration of the writer's 200th birthday.

THE MEETING PLACE 2005 will reflect Hans Christian Andersen?s global significance by putting together a series of high-quality amateur theater productions from around the world. 12 international and 2 Danish theater groups are being invited to participate in the festival, which - in addition to the theatrical performances - will be built around workshops, lectures and an international symposium. During the festival, the audience will have the opportunity to experience creative interpretations of Hans Christian Andersen's life and fairytales by international theater groups at affordable prices. Moreover, an important goal for the festival is to create an international dialogue about the artistry of the theater. Thus, the festival's performances will be discussed at the closing symposium, which will also cast a spotlight on current trends in the world of theater.

DATS can already reveal two of the selected theater groups: The young dance theater group, the KASAI Dancing Company, will be coming from the Bungeiza Theatre Company, based in Toyama, Japan. The piece will be produced with a view toward Hans Christian Andersen 2005 and performed in Japan and for The Meeting Place festival in Denmark, as well as other places in the world. The Young Actors Musical Theatre will be coming from Moscow with their version of "The Snow Queen," staged against a gigantic parachute.

The other 12 selected theater groups will be announced at a later time.

THE MEETING PLACE 2005 is being put together by DATS and a number of other amateur theater groups with support from the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation and the Municipality of Esbjerg.



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