ITI adopts new strategy
The International Theatre Institute has changed its strategy to make the organisation more effective in case of patronising and nurturing the performing art forms and the artistes across the globe by opening the door open for all instead of only ‘concentrating’ on policy framing and following certain rules and regulations.
ITI leaders disclosed the new strategy in the organisational part of the 33rd ITI World Congress yesterday at the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Centre as part of the first session of the general assembly.
Delegates from over 60 countries are participating in the congress.
In the assembly, the ITI leaders evaluated activities of the organisation and its committees during the past three years and shared the new plans to meet the needs of the coming days.
The programme began with the welcome address delivered by the President of Chinese Centre of ITI Ji Guoping. The house observed one minute silence in memory of six theatre legends died recently. The tribute was paid to Brazilian writer-director Augasto Boal, dancer-choreographer Ilona Copen from US, writer-actor-director from Burkina Faso Jean Pierre Guingane, director Ellen Stewart from US, Cuban actor-writer-director Hector Quintero and Russian theatre promoter Valery Khasanov.
ITI Worldwide President Ramendu Majumdar in his speech welcomed delegates, guests, new centres, new co-operating members, first-time delegates and partner orgnisations.
‘Door should be opened for all. We encourage young practitioners under the umbrella of ITI for the better future of theatre activities,’ said Ramendu Majumdar.
Addressing the fact that vibrant theatre activities are found in many ‘sleepy’ centres of ITI, he said, ‘We must involve the creative persons from across the globe.’
The Worldwide president further suggested to ITI members to emphasise on creative works instead of just focusing on the organisational activities.
Brazil, Dominican Republic, Luxemburg, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Zimbabwe have become the new members of ITI.
Lebanese dancer-choreographer Georgette Gebara was conferred with the new honourary membership of ITI.
ITI’s new strategic plan was explained by Christoph Haering. The new four core values of ITI are—inspiration, inclusiveness, collaboration and transparency.
These values apply to all topics of the strategy and should be leading all thought and action for the new ITI strategic plan. Two points added to those core values as means of reaching the goals are—visibility and restructuring.
Twelve committees of ITI also presented their reports in the general assembly.
For the relief of delegates during lengthy general assembly, Chinese troupes presented traditional Chinese puppet show and clown show performances in between each sessions.