We cordially invite you to attend the conference Back to the Future – Central European Avant-Garde Reclaimed. The conference, organized in London, coincided with the 100th anniversary of many Central-European countries involved in the project. One of our aims is to ask about independence in arts, and arts during and about the regaining of independence, or said otherwise, the art of independence. These crucial questions are both theoretical and pragmatic in these cultural contexts. We will interrogate transnational and global influences on the histories of the avant-garde.
The conference was held in English.
The “theatre of the future” was an obsession of avant-garde theatre artists, who intended for their work to be further developed by future generations. We know that these dreams never came true as many projects of the ‘theatres of the future’ were strictly utopian. Through a selection of case studies, we will consider those projects that still have potential for contemporary theatre.