2023. 05. 07.
 – 2023. 05. 21.

17th ISTA/NG – International School of Theatre Anthropology

2023. 05. 07.
 – 2023. 05. 21.
Inviting Theater: Pécsvárad and Budapest
Organizer: National Theatre of Hungary


The 17th ISTA/NG session continues an activity developed by Odin Teatret in which artistic creation, pedagogic practice and research merge. This fertile and intermediary zone corresponds to what in natural sciences is called applied research. In the arts, and particularly in theatre, pure research corresponds to the investigation of basic principles. 

Conceived and directed by Eugenio Barba ISTA/NG is a multicultural network of theatre masters, performers, scholars and researchers, who arrive from all over the world, giving life to an itinerant laboratory, where they work together for two weeks. A concrete consequence is the proximity, mutual acquaintance and collaboration of young theatre artists, experienced masters, scholars and theoreticians. The session in Hungary will conclude on 20th May at the National Theatre in Budapest with the performance ANASTASIS/ RESURRECTION, conceived and directed by Eugenio Barba, and performed by the masters and participants of ISTA/NG.

Since its start in 1979, ISTA sessions have been held in the following places: Bonn (Germany, 1980), Volterra and Pontedera (Italy, 1981), Blois and Malakoff (France, 1985), Holstebro (Denmark, 1986), Salento (Italy, 1987), Bologna (Italy, 1990), Brecon and Cardiff (Great Britain, 1992), Londrina (Brazil, 1994), Umeå (Sweden, 1995), Copenhagen (Denmark, 1996), Montemor-o-Novo and Lisbon (Portugal, 1998), Bielefeld (Germany, 2000), Seville (Spain, 2004), Wroclaw (Poland, 2005), Albino (Italy 2016), and Favignana (Italy 2021).

The Theatre Olympics 2023 gives the opportunity to finally host this significant event in theatre history in Hungary.

Director: Eugenio Barba


  • Keiin Yoshimura and So Sugiura (Japan)
  • Parvathy Baul (India)
  • I Wayan Bawa (Bali) 
  • Yalan Lin (Taiwan)
  • Alício Amaral, Juliana Pardo (Cia. Mundu Rodá, Brazil)
  • Alessandro Rigoletti, Caterina Scotti (Teatro tascabile di Bergamo, Italy)
  • Julia Varley (Odin Teatret, Denmark)
  • Ana Woolf (Argentina)
  • István Berecz (Hungary)

ISTA/NG staff:

  • Francesco Galli (photographer, Italy)
  • Francesca Romana Rietti (scholar, Italy)
  • Leonardo Mancini (scholar, Italy)
  • Claudio Coloberti (videomaker, Italy)
  • Rina Skeel (organisation/design, Argentina)


Register for the live streams of the 17th ISTA/NG workshop in Hungary!

For registration please subscribe to Fondazione Barba Varley Newsletter and
then contact Francesca Romana Rietti at [email protected] to receive the connection link.

2023. 05. 08., 19:00
Bóbita Puppet Theatre, Pécs
Ave Maria
Odin Teatret, Denmark
2023. 05. 09., 21:00
Bóbita Puppet Theatre, Pécs
The actor and his masks
I Wayan Bawa, Bali
2023. 05. 10., 21:00
Bóbita Puppet Theatre, Pécs
Seeds of memory
Ana Woolf, Argentina
2023. 05. 11., 21:00
Bóbita Puppet Theatre, Pécs
Parvathy Baul, India
2023. 05. 12., 21:00
Bóbita Puppet Theatre, Pécs
The Warrior Maiden – new paths
Mundu Rodá, Brazil
2023. 05. 13., 21:00
Bóbita Puppet Theatre, Pécs
Her – Nanguan and Nanguan Xi
Yalan Lin, Taiwan
2023. 05. 14., 21:00
Bóbita Puppet Theatre, Pécs
Amor sacro, amor profano
Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo, Italy
2023. 05. 15., 21:00
Bóbita Puppet Theatre, Pécs
Kamigata Mai – noh dance
Keiin Yoshimura, Japan
2023. 05. 20., 19:00
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Eugenio Barba
Anastasis (Resurrection)
International participants of the 17th ISTA/NG