50 Jahre OISTAT

The history of OISTAT as reflected in the publications of Bühnentechnische Rundschau

Die Geschichte der OISTAT im Spiegel der Publikationen der Bühnentechnischen Rundschau und der DTHG

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50 Jahre OISTAT  )

 

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1967

Under the heading: Reports and impressions from New York - Minneapolis - Montreal Walter Unruh published a detailed essay in No. 4 of the BTR. It also included the report on the USITT annual meeting, which is of interest to DThG members in so far as this organisation is a parallel to DThG. USITT was founded after the Berlin Colloquium (1960). Many subdivisions work in meetings and with detailed information they notify the members of all divisions. The magazine of the association was founded on the model of the Bühnentechnische Rundschau magazine Theatre and Design is the connecting news organ. This report on international activities was followed by an important communication from Unruh in the same issue. This is a new attempt to bring together national theatre associations under the umbrella of the ITI, especially to put into practice the exchange of experiences, publications and experts. For this purpose, the Czechoslovak Centre of the ITI offers the management of such a centre in Prague, where a very active scenographic institute is located. The individual companies, which are already members of the respective national ITI Centre, should join these efforts corporately and with due regard for their independence, with the objectives:...
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1966

The Interscena 66 in Prague in June was an event which, due to its internationality, enabled West German theatre technicians to exchange ideas more closely with their GDR colleagues. The 1st International Scenographic Symposium was under the patronage of the Czech Ministry of Education and Culture. In No. 4 of the BTR the Technical Director of the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Helmut Großer, reported. It was a demanding workshop that was already comprehensive in terms of the number of invited speakers and the subject matter. The list of participants lists two hundred names and nearly thirty speakers. Besides the host country, guests from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cuba, the German Federal Republic, GDR, Finland, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Yugoslavia, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, the USSR, Hungary and the United States were represented. Among the lectures, the contribution of Kurt Werner Knoll from the GDR should be highlighted. He spoke about "The importance of the qualification of technical staff for the scenic function of the equipment", a topic of the training of junior staff, which could be regarded as particularly topical at DThG especially with the foundation of the seminar in Recklinghausen. Ein Ereignis, welches es aufgrund seiner Internationalität westdeutschen Theatertechnikern ermöglichte...
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1968

The professional association was still busy with the topics of the founding of an international organisation that had been dealt with in the previous year under review. 
In No. 1 of the BTR, Walter Unruh reports on a conference in Poland on the establishment of an international theatre technology company in conjunction with the International Theatre Institute, Paris (ITI). Der Fachverband war noch mit den aus dem vorigen Berichtsjahr herüberreichenden Themen der Gründung einer Internationalen Organisation beschäftigt.
So berichtet Walter Unruh in Heft 1 der BTR über eine Konferenz in Polen über die Gründung einer internationalen theatertechnischen Gesellschaft in Verbindung mit dem Internationalen Theater Institut, Paris (ITI). This organization was to be called INTERSCENA, (International Institute for Scenography and Theatre Technology)* and is an autonomous association within the ITI based in Prague. Existing national associations are to become corporate members. The Articles of Association are to be adopted in June. The 1st Congress of the Association will be held in Prague in 1971 in conjunction with the Second Quadrennial (PQ). Furthermore, the exchange of articles from trade journals was agreed. Helmut Großer was proposed as Interscena correspondent for the Federal Republic of Germany. This Polish meeting was the basis for further...
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1969

In No 2 of the BTR, the OISTT published its bulletin 2 with the report on the first meeting of the Executive Committee, which took place in February.
The meeting took place in the presence of the Secretary General of the ITI, Mr Jean Darcante, and chaired by OISTT President Professor DipI.-Ing. Walther Unruh. The Czechoslovak Centre of the ITI presented the present Secretary General of the OISTT, Dr. Ota Ornest. The following national sections have so far registered as members of the OISTT: Belgium, Canada, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Morocco, Romania, United Kingdom, USA. The agenda included the discussion on the Charter, the expansion of the membership base and the amount of membership fees, the work programme of the Secretariat and the preparation of the 1st OISTT Congress. The date has been set for June. The programme will be implemented: Administrative issues - main lecture and core presentations on three types of theatre buildings, a) large repertoire - theatre, b) medium-sized theatre building, c) experimental theatre; Discussion about a suitable choice of repertoire, productions and stage designs for these three types of theatre. This was the constitution of the OISTT and the work could begin. No 4 of...
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1970

Prof. Unruh reported on the work of the OISTT and referred to a communication in No. 1 of the BTR (see below). He himself and Helmut Großer as members of the Executive Committee of the OISTT will invite the representatives of the OISTT countries to the stage technology conference in Ulm at its next meeting in Prague. This communication concerned a meeting of the OISTT Programme Committee in October 1968. The Commission's task was to draw up a precise programme for the next two years and to explore the wishes of the various professional groups represented in the OISTT. On the topic: International meetings it was decided that the next OISTT congress should take place together with the 2nd Quadrienale Prague. The congress will focus on a critical view of the current situation of theatre architecture. As regards international documentation, the Programme Commission supports the work of the Institute of Theatre Construction at the Technical University of West Berlin under the direction of Prof. Th. Münter, which aims to collect regulations and documents on the construction, safety facilities and working methods of theatres in the various countries. The national sections are invited to continue and supplement this collection at national level. The...
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1971

This year, the OISTT held a workshop in Berlin: In February, meetings of the Executive Committee and the Programme Commission of the OISTT, as well as presentations and discussions on issues concerning young researchers, took place in East Berlin, GDR. In addition to the preparations for the 2nd Prague Quadrienale, the meeting of the committees on the first day largely dealt with the tasks described in No. 1 of the BTR under the topic of *importance of international cooperation for theatre technology*. The guests were welcomed by the representative of the GDR Ministry of Culture, Christa Friedrich, and the host, Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Walter Felsenstein. First, the program of the OISTT Congress was announced in Prague in June. In the course of the meeting, the reports of the OISTT Working Committees were read out and discussed. As a new working topic, a proposal by Denis Bablet for an international documentation centre in Prague was discussed, the concept of a contract between the OISTT and the director of the Scenographic Institute in Prague was approved and submitted to the Secretary General for further consideration. The formation of a further commission of experts for young researchers was proposed and generally...
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1972

Helmut Großer reports on the work of OISTT in 1972: "The membership of the OISTT now comprises 17 member countries. The entry of further countries is to be expected. The opinion that the Eastern Bloc countries predominate in number and influence is wrong. A certain proportion was always taken into account when appointing members to the Executive Board and committees. The work is purely professional and non-political and, moreover, very enjoyable and amicable in the interaction of all.
The report was supplemented to the effect that the Federal Republic's participation in the next Prague Quadrennial in 1975 is secured by a commitment by the Federal Foreign Office to provide the financial means for it. " Helmut Großer berichtet über die Arbeit der OISTT im Jahr 1972: "Der Mitgliederstand der OISTT umfaßt nunmehr 17 Mitgliedsländer. Der Eintritt weiterer Länder ist zu erwarten. Die Meinung, dass die Ostblockländer in Zahl und Einfluss überwiegen, ist irrig. Bei Besetzung von Vorstand und Ausschüssen wurde stets auf einen gewissen Proporz geachtet. Die Arbeit ist rein fachlich und unpolitisch und darüber hinaus im Zusammenwirken aller sehr erfreu- und freundschaftlich.
Der Bericht wurde dahingehend ergänzt, dass eine Beteiligung der Bundesrepublik an der nächsten Prager Quadriennale 1975 durch eine Zusage...
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1973

The year began with a detailed report on the working meeting of the OISTT Scenographers Commission, which took place in Prague at the beginning of November 1972. The official representative of the FRG was Himstedt - Alexander and his colleague Christof Heyduck from Münster. Walter Perdacher, Nuremberg and Hainer Hill, Dortmund, also attended the meetings as guests at their own expense. The first day dealt with the topic: The legal position of the stage designer's work at the theatre. The problems of copyright, pensions and social aid were also raised. The second day began with a presentation by Prof. Livio Ciulei (Romania) with an overview of the international scenography. The second presentation was given by Christof Heyduck, starting from the time after 1945 in Germany, when attempts were made to overcome National Socialism and to find a connection to artistic development in the world. Miloš Tomek reported on the scenography of the CSSR. Prof. Dr. Mostafa (VAR) made it clear in his presentation how difficult the task of a stage designer is in a country without a theatre tradition that has grown over centuries.
Prof. Zenobiusz Strzelecki (Poland) pointed out the difficulties faced by his country's scenographers, which can still be...
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1974

International work was at the centre of Helmut Großer's attention. From 7 to 11 January 1974, he attended a meeting of the OISTT Programme Committee in Prague. In summary, it was regretted that it was not possible to hold lively discussions in the plenum and that the imprecise congress topic of light and sound led to extremely vague interpretations in theatrical space. There was also no link between the Commission issues and the Commission's isolated work on the one hand and the plenary on the other. It was also regretted how little the events of the Avignon Festival could be included in the OISTT Congress. From these remarks it can be concluded that the work of the OSTT needed improved coordination. Im Zentrum der Aufmerksamkeit besonders von Helmut Großer stand die internationale Arbeit. Vom 7. bis 11. Januar 1974 besuchte er in Prag ein Treffen der Programmkommission der OISTT. Im Resümee bedauerte man, dass es nicht gelang, im Plenum lebendige Diskussionen zu führen, und dass das ungenaue Kongressthema Licht und Ton im theatralischen Raum zu äußerst unbestimmten Interpretationen verführte. Es bestand außerdem keine Verbindung zwischen den Kommissionsthemen und der isolierten Kommissionsarbeit einerseits und dem Plenum andererseits. Es wurde auch bedauert,...
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1975

International work focused on cooperation with the OISTT, and various delegations in Germany were welcomed.In June 1975 the 16th World Congress of the International Theatre Institute took place in Berlin. He was accompanied by the exhibitions Strukturen des Theater in der Bundesrepublik and Moderne Theatertechnik. Die internationale Arbeit konzentrierte sich auf die Zusammenarbeit mit der OISTT, wobei verschiedene Delegationen in Deutschland begrüßt werden konnten.Im Juni 1975 fand der 16. Weltkongress des Internationalen Theaterinstitutes in Berlin statt. Begleitet wurde er mit den Ausstellungen Strukturen des Theaters in der Bundesrepublik und Moderne Theatertechnik.  
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1976

In the annual report to the general meeting, the preparations for the ITI World Congress, the Prague Quadriennale and the IV OISTT Congress are mentioned as focal points of the association's work. The international work formed in these years a clear emphasis in the federation work of the DTHG. Im Geschäftsbericht an die Mitgliederversammlung werden als Schwerpunkte der Verbandsarbeit die Vorbereitungen zum ITI-Weltkongress und die Prager Quadriennale sowie der IV. OISTT-Kongress genannt. Die internationale Arbeit bildete in diesen Jahren einen deutlichen Schwerpunkt in der Verbandsarbeit der DTHG.  
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1977

International work - especially within the framework of the OISST - played a major role in the association's activities. At the Congress of the Prague Quadriennale in 1976, Helmut Großer was elected President of the Program Commission and Rudolf Kück President of the Technology Commission. Die internationale Arbeit - vor allem im Rahmen der OISST - nahm einen großen Raum im Verbandsgeschehen ein. Auf dem Kongress der Prager Quadriennale 1976 war Helmut Großer zum Präsidenten der Programmkommission und Rudolf Kück zum Präsidenten der Technik-Kommission gewählt worden.  
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1978

From 16 to 18 July 1978, the 41st stage technology conference of the DTHG took place in the Congress Centrum Hamburg. Subsequently, the DTHG hosted the V. Congress OISTT from 19-21.7.1978 already on 14 and 15.7. the meetings of the section ATuV (General Technology and Administration) of the GDBA. This meant an eight-day congress and conference, including the association's general meeting, hotel rooms, registrations, catering and more. A demanding task. Vom 16. bis 18. Juli 1978 fand die 41. Bühnentechnische Tagung der DTHG im Congress Centrum Hamburg statt. Im Anschluss daran richtete die DTHG vom 19.-21.7.1978 den V. Kongress OISTT aus bereits am 14. und 15.7. die Tagungen der Fachgruppe ATuV (Allgemeine Technik und Verwaltung) der GDBA. Dies bedeutete ein über acht Tage andauerndes Kongress- und Tagungsgeschehen, darin eingeschlossen die Mitgliederversammlung des Verbandes, Hotelzimmer, Registrierungen, Catering und mehr zu organisieren. Eine anspruchsvolle Aufgabe.  
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1979

In 1979 the Prague Quadrienale took place and the DTHG tried to find a concept as organizer of a German contribution. Jan Fiebelkorn writes in the BTR (issue 1): "What should a presentation of the Federal German Theatre in this exhibition in Prague emphasize? The presentation of how and under what conditions outstanding theatre has to be developed in our country; or should only the artistic results be shown, in which these conditions were ultimately of little interest? The concept of DTHG, as organizer of the German contribution, aims to show the outstanding artistic result and the artistic and technical processes that have led to the result. The latter will not be possible in all cases simply because the necessary materials are no longer available. However, as far as something is tangible, these working materials should also be shown in the exhibition." Im Jahr 1979 fand die Prager Quadrienale statt und die DTHG bemühte sich, als Organisator eines deutschen Beitrages eine Konzeption zu finden. Jan Fiebelkorn schreibt dazu in der BTR (Heft 1): "Worauf soll eine Präsentation des bundesdeutschen Theater in dieser Ausstellung in Prag Gewicht legen? Auf die Darstellung, wie und unter welchen Bedingungen bei uns herausragendes Theater erarbeitet...
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1980

The OISTT celebrated its 10th anniversary. OISTT President writes in capital letters: Our organisation has been constantly striving to set a new course. In this jubilee year, for example, we are setting up a new commission dealing with the history and theory of our professions, which could be a kind of secondary school for us. And this year the application for admission of one of the most important theater countries in the world, the USSR. But we can also be pleased about Switzerland's application for membership this year of birth, and when we know that this even means a financial sacrifice for the young Swiss association, we are particularly pleased. ... We were seven obstetricians in Prague at the time, and I was only the "representative" of the obstetrician Walther Unruh. He was our first president and I can now write the honorary article today as the third president. Die OISTT beging ihr 10-jähriges Jubiläum. OISTT-Präsident Großer schreibt: Unsere Organisation hat sich eigentlich ständig darum bemüht, neue Weichen zu stellen. So fällt in dieses Jubiläumsjahr die Gründung einer neuen Kommission, die sich mit Geschichte und Theorie unserer Berufszweige befaßt, das könnte für uns eine Art höhere Schule sein. Und es...
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1981

This year for the first time an OISTT Congress took place in the GDR and thus increasingly fulfilled its role as a bridge of understanding and exchange between artists and technicians in East and West. In the Bühnentechnische Rundschau it is reported in detail. Helmut Großer is looking for a suitable greeting and finds the motto: "Theatre as a place of communication" suitable for a gloss. The theses on the congress, published by the GDR section, read like this: In the last decade, the theatre has undergone a change of function internationally. After 1946, it achieved its great effects by reviving and propagating humanist ideas and traditions, spreading hope and certainty about the human shape of society and presenting examples of individual and collective action. ... Throughout the world the development and qualification of theatrical art takes place under the aspect of intensified communication; traditions, forms, practices, especially in Third World countries, are different and diverse - but the communicative principle is currently the most important aspect of theatrical development and mutual international promotion of theatrical creators. (1) In the election of the Executive Committee, Helmut Großer was re-elected President of the OISTT and Rudi Kück was elected Chairman of...
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1983

The Prague Quadrienale took place from June 13 to July 5, 1983. In addition in the meeting of the members of the DTHG by the chairman was communicated: The other activity, our contribution to the Prague Quadriennale ' 83, led to a great, unexpected success. This time we only had just over half the money at our disposal that the Federal Foreign Office approved four years ago. But with the help of Messrs Seitz, Himstedt-Alexander, Dreier, Ruhnau, Thill and their helpers, it was possible to create an exhibition stand under immense pressure of time and money, which was almost unconditionally recognized as the best contribution to this world exhibition of stage design, costume design and theatre architecture. We received the Grand Prize, the Golden Triga. One of our exhibiting stage designers, Mr. Marelli, also received a gold medal for his stage design by'Jenufa' in Frankfurt. The organizers' decision to move the exhibition to the large exhibition building in the center of the Fucikpark proved to be extremely happy. Never before has the PQ left such a closed impression. The left part of the Wilhelminian Iron Palace housed the Czechoslovak National Exhibition and the International Architecture Exhibition, on the right the...
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1985

In 1985, the VII World Congress of the OISTT took place in Italy. At its meeting in Leningrad in February, the Executive Committee, chaired by President Helmut Großer, had already passed several important resolutions: The title of the company is now Organisation Internationale des Scénographes, Techniciens et Architectes de Théàtre. After some discussion it was decided by a majority of votes to change the short title to "OISTAT". The congress, attended by some 200 participants from more than 20 countries, focused mainly on the problems of reconstructing historical theatres and making them usable as new venues. The Congress was opened by the Mayor of Reggio Emilia and the President of OISTAT. Over two days, more than 25 contributions were made to the topic. It included an exhibition of documentaries on the restoration of Max Reinhardt's Deutschem Theater, Berlin, - Theatre de la Monnaie, Brussels, - Budapest Opera House, - Semperoper Dresden, - Gdansk City Theatre, - Mchat, Moscow, - Prague National Theatre, - Ariost Theatre, Reggio Emilia and Zurich Opera. In the autumn of 1985 he was re-elected for another four years as president of this organisation of stage designers, theatre technicians and theatre architects, now renamed OISTAT. The US Institute...
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1986

This year, various initiatives show that a new DTHG member of the board was involved in various initiatives: Siegfried Stäblein. In addition to Helmut Großer, he also became a member of the executive committee of OISTAT.After Helmut Großer was re-elected president of OISTAT for four years in 1985, the first difficulties in financing the organisation became apparent. The Netherlands, whose capital Amsterdam was to become European Capital of Culture in 1987, showed a special commitment and announced an architectural competition. In diesem Jahr zeigt sich an verschiedenen Initiativen, dass sich ein neues DTHG-Mitglied des Vorstandes engagiert in verschiedene Initiativen einbrachte: Siegfried Stäblein. Neben Helmut Großer wurde er auch Mitglied des executive committees der OISTAT.Nachdem Helmut Großer 1985 für vier Jahre erneut zum Präsidenten der OISTAT gewählt wurde, zeichneten sich erste Schwierigkeiten in der Finanzierung der Organisation ab. Die Niederlande, deren Hauptstadt Amsterdam 1987 europäische Kulturhauptstadt werden sollte, zeigten ein besonderes Engagement und lobten einen Architekturwettbewerb aus.  
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1987

The efforts of the Dutch to move OISTAT forward are increasing: The "Vereniging voor Podiumtechnologie" (VPT), the Dutch centre of OISTAT, invites to a congress for theatre technology.
This congress, which, like BTT, is held every two years, this time takes place at the new Muziektheater Amsterdam from 25 - 30.8.87, because the theatre, which opened in autumn 1986, has a number of technical news and interesting interviews to offer and because Amsterdam was named European Cultural Capital of the Year in 1987. About 1250 participants from the Netherlands and another 350 from abroad are expected to attend the congress. On Monday, June 8, 1987, the Prague Quadriennale '87 was officially opened by the Minister of Culture of the CSSR and the President of OISTAT. 30 countries took part in the exhibition with their exhibits, 14 of which also exhibited in the architectural section. The international jury began its work on 6 June, comprising 17 members from 16 countries. The Federal Republic was represented by Helmut Großer. The jury concluded with the following assessment: - The Golden Triga for the best exhibition presentation goes to the United States of America. Set Design - Gold Medal: Yanis Kokkos, France - Silver Medal:...
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1989

Kurt Gerling, member of the board, took over the business of the national OISTAT Centre FRG from Mr Himstedt-Alexander as of 01.01.89. Kurt Gerling, member of the board, took over the business of the national OISTAT Centre FRG from Mr Himstedt-Alexander as of 01.01.89. Kurt Gerling, Vorstandsmitglied, übernahm ab 01.01.89 die Geschäfte des nationalen OISTAT-Zentrums BRD von Herrn Himstedt-Alexander. Kurt Gerling, Vorstandsmitglied, übernahm ab 01.01.89 die Geschäfte des nationalen OISTAT-Zentrums BRD von Herrn Himstedt-Alexander.  
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1991

The GDR section of OISTAT had also been dissolved. In a letter to OISTAT President Helmut Großer, Siegfried Stäblein, chairman of the association, advocated further involvement of colleagues in future work: At the next annual general meeting with new election of the executive committee of the DTHG also the composition of the DTHG representatives for the OISTAT should be examined and if necessary also the former representatives of the former OISTAT section of the GDR, as far as they are members of the DTHG, should be considered. In 1991 the 6th Quadriennale took place in Prague, it was opened by Helmut Großer with the words: Minister, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, for the third time I have the honour of opening the Prague Quadriennale. The sixth is the one I am taking part in and the first in a free country. This PQ has rightly become an institution as the only international exhibition of scenography and theatre construction. This international solidarity is necessary at a time of nationalistic and ethnic division in many of our countries. Instead of rejoicing at the regained freedom, the demolished walls, new walls are built, walls of petty-bourgeois narrow-mindedness and intolerance. Germany did not win...
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1993

The international work of DTHG concentrated on active participation in OISTAT and especially on cooperation with OeTHG and the, svtb. A stage technology conference for the year 1994 in Bregenz had been decided with both associations. Unfortunately, the date of the conference must be brought forward one week to May 4 - 6, 94, because of a larger congress in Friedrichshafen, which makes use of all overnight accommodations in the Lake Constance area. From 13 - 20.9.92 the Executive Committee of OISTAT met in Santiago de Chile. It was announced there that the Prague office would cease operations at the end of 1993. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Czech Ministry of Culture no longer saw any reason to raise the costs for the office. At the same time, initial efforts have been made to set them up in the Netherlands. In October 1993, the OISTAT World Congress took place in Caracas Venezuela, where the 25th anniversary of the foundation was also celebrated. President Helmut Großer said in his speech: Since the upheaval in the former socialist countries in 1989, however, work has become more difficult. The exchange is now possible in freedom, the freedom to travel is...
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1994

In January, the Executive Committee met in Harlem, the Netherlands, and thus moved to its new location. In the forthcoming elections Helmut Großer was re-elected president, but he had already announced in advance that this would be his last term of office. Karin Winkelsesser has now also been accepted as an employee of the Secretary General Chris Livaat as a member of the Executive Committee. The transfer of OISTAT's headquarters to the Netherlands was not without complications: The General Secretariat had to be given Dutch legal status. This was created with the establishment of a Dutch OISTAT foundation. It was linked to the executive branch of OISTAT, i.e. the board of the foundation was elected from members of the executive committee.
Decisions of the Executive Committee should always be binding on the Foundation and it itself had no decision-making power without the consent of the Executive Committee. The work of the General Secretariat should initially receive financial support from the Dutch Ministry of Culture for four years. The first financial year 1994 was a test year, so to speak, at the end of which it should become clear whether the budget set up corresponds to the actual costs for the administration...
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1995

In 1995 the Quadriennale took place in Prague and again the financing of a German competition entry was not the best. "It has never been as bleak as this year...", writes Helmut Großer disappointedly. Nevertheless, Germany won a gold medal: The winners were announced at the Prague Quadrennial, the only world exhibition for stage and costume design, theatre architecture and literature with competition and medals for individual performances and the Golden Triga for the best national total contribution, on 30 June 1995. The country award went to Brazil. In the field of stage design, a group was awarded for the first time: The German contribution by stage designer Frank Hänig (Staatsschauspiel Dresden, responsible for the concept and realisation of the German exhibition), Robert Ebeling (Oberhausen), Hartmut Meyer (Berlin) and Peter Schubert (Berlin) was selected by the international jury from 46 countries for their "imaginative and creative approach to classical and contemporary drama" and was awarded the gold medal for stage design. In the year under review, five commission meetings were held with German participation. The Federal Foreign Office has only provided financial support for two trips. The costs for two trips were borne by DTHG alone. One participant financed the trip...
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1997

Karin Winkelsesser reports in detail about the OISTAT World Congress in Pittsburgh/USA. Of 38 member countries, 28 were officially represented at the congress. It was noticeable that unlike the umbrella organisation of OISTAT, UNESCO, no high officials arrived but representatives of the national organisations, which could consider themselves lucky if they were reimbursed for travel expenses and - provided that freelancers - did not miss an important assignment. ... The statutes were voted on even before the elections because they contained a substantial change in the electoral law: the president is to be elected by the General Assembly of Congress and not, as before, from among the 13 countries represented on the Executive Committee. The draft of the statutes was approved in its entirety. After 19 years of Helmut Großer's presidency, the "ball" went back to the USA: Dick Durst was elected the new president of OISTAT. The Executive Committee was composed of the following countries (in order of votes): Netherlands (26), Canada (25), Czech Republic (25), United Kingdom (25), Sweden (25), Germany (23), Finland (22), Japan (21), Chile (19), Hungary (19), Austria (16), South Korea (16) and USA (automatically by the Chairman). Karin Winkelsesser berichtet ausführlich über den OISTAT-Weltkongress aus...
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2000

After only one year in office, the President of OISTAT Dick Durst resigned for professional reasons. Maija Pekkanen from Finland was appointed interim president. The OISTAT World Congress was invited to Berlin from 11 - 13 May 2001 at the invitation of the DTHG in connection with SHOWTECH and an International Scenography Congress of the Film Akademie Babelsberg. Nach nur einem Jahr Amtszeit trat der der Präsident der OISTAT Dick Durst aus beruflichen Gründen zurück. Als Interimspräsident wurde Maija Pekkanen  aus Finnland ernannt. Der Weltkongress der OISTAT wurde für die Zeit vom 11 - 13. Mai 2001 auf Einladung der DTHG in Zusammenhang mit der SHOWTECH und einem Internationalen Szenographie Kongress der Film Akademie Babelsberg nach Berlin eingeladen.  
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2001

OISTAT Congress in Berlin Reformed structures for the expansion of the network. 
About 50 people from 27 countries met in Berlin during the SHOW-TECH for the OISTAT Congress. Every four years, the President and the Board of Directors are newly elected and thematic priorities are discussed. This congress was marked by necessary structural changes. For the time being, the Dutch Ministry of Culture has cancelled its financial support, especially for the work of the General Secretariat. Intermediate solutions had to be developed for the administration, but also organisational perspectives. A first step towards an administration independent of external sources is the restructuring of the Executive Board, which has now been decided. A first step was to amend the statutes to reduce the size of the executive branch. Instead of 13, 8 countries are now represented. Moreover, no countries were chosen, but individuals who had previously imagined. Furthermore, the chairmen of the expert commissions now belong to the board. In this way, the exchange of content and organisational information is to be improved. Until a final solution is found for a new seat for the Secretariat, the members of the Board also share the administrative work. Prof. Harald Reichelt, long-time OISTAT...
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2003

12-29 June 2003 in Prague The issues of BTR reported on the German participation in PQ, which was coordinated by DTHG. The German contribution was entitled: Das deutsche Dreispartentheater am Beispiel der Württembergischen Staatsheater Stuttgart. Productions with outstanding stage designs from all areas were shown. The architectural contribution presented conversions and transformations. In the field of training, the German system of vocational training for stage design and technology was presented. All ambitious projects that had a great impact. However, some things must have remained uncoordinated in the "coordination" of DTHG. After completion of the entire project, a considerable deficit remained, which had to be paid for above all by the Theater Stuttgart and the Bühnenverein, combined with the vow that "something like this should never happen again..."! The OISTAT Executive Committee met with Board Member Peter Mc Kinnon (Canada) at Buckshot Lake near Ottawa for a low-budget meeting. Topics of the meeting included: Balance of the PQ and the activities resulting from it, further permanent activities, effectiveness of the commission activities, possible financing of the association's work after the end of the subsidy period by the Dutch Ministry of Culture from 2005 To continue to finance the work of the...
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2008

On 13 October the VPT - Vereniging voor Podiumtechnologie based in Amsterdam - celebrated its 30th anniversary. From the very beginning, DTHG and VPT were connected via OISTAT. Speaking of OISTAT: Karin Winkelsesser writes about the activities of DTHG in OISTAT: It is obvious that OISTAT is in a difficult phase of transition.This has already been reported on elsewhere. In several discussions with the new Executive Board, we have agreed to try to contribute to the future viability of the international network by strengthening our presence in OISTAT. As a result, DTHG membership in OISTAT should bring more visible benefits for DTHG members and open up opportunities for international activities. Am 13. Oktober feierte der VPT – Vereniging voor Podiumtechnologie mit Sitz in Amsterdam – sein 30-jähriges Jubiläum. Seit Beginn waren DTHG und VPT über die OISTAT miteinander verbunden. Apropos OISTAT: Karin Winkelsesser schreibt über die Aktivitäten der DTHG in der OISTAT: Es ist offensichtlich, dass sich die OISTAT in einer schwierigen Phase des Übergangs befindet. Darüber wurde bereits an anderer Stelle berichtet. In mehreren Gesprächen mit dem neuen Vorstand haben wir uns darauf verständigt, durch eine verstärkte Präsenz in der OISTAT den Versuch zu unternehmen, zur Zukunftstauglichkeit des internationalen...
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2009

Prof. Harald Reichelt (Scenography Commission) and Martin Tschermak (Technology Commission) have resigned from their positions. The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank Prof. Reichelt and Martin Tschermak once again for their many years of cooperation and support of OISTAT on behalf of the DTHG. Prof. Tina Kitzing has now been appointed as representative of the DTHG in the Scenography Commission as successor to Prof. Harald Reichelt. Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Johannes Musch has been appointed as successor to Martin Tschermak and will represent DTHG in the Technology Commission. The Executive Board has also nominated a candidate for the international Executive Board, the EC: Prof. Dr. Christof Nix, Director of the Theater Konstanz, is prepared to support OISTAT's management work on an international level. For the current legislative period the DTHG had not sent a candidate, since the reorganization of the federation claimed all attention. The DTHG board now considers it important to support the work of OISTAT in a phase of change and to look for possibilities to make the international network fit for the future. Currently there are the following OISTAT commissions with the following representatives of the DTHG: - Architecture: Reinhold Daberto (Chairman of the Architecture Commission) - Education:...
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2011

The Prague Quadriennale is described in detail in several issues of BTR. The contribution of the Federal Republic of Germany, curated by the German Theatre Association, the International Theatre Institute and the DTHG could only be financed with great effort. Financial support from the federal government reached a low. The annual symposium and meeting of the "Education Commission" took place for the first time this year with the participation of the Chinese OISTAT Centre. At the same time, the venue was Beijing and the invitation was issued by the "China Central Academy of Drama". During the Prague Quadriennale, the OISTAT delegates met for the so-called "small congress". No elections are held at this congress, but important changes have been made to the statutes, new members have been welcomed and business matters have been discussed. At the congress, Michael Ramsaur presented his revised statutes for discussion and voting. The Articles of Association were adopted in their amended form. An important amendment to the Articles of Association concerns membership of OISTAT. The discussion about whether there should be more than one OISTAT centre in a country has been going on for a long time. As early as the 1990s, the country concept, previously limited...
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2012

As a German theatre-technical professional association, the DTHG had to play a more active role in the international association of various organisations and societies, since no other country in the world has such a high density and number of theatres. Germans" were also expected to provide particularly safe and technically sophisticated solutions to various technical problems. To perform this comprehensively was neither possible for the DTHG in terms of personnel nor financially. In this respect, it was necessary to set priorities among the possible projects and tasks in 2012 in order to do at least the most important thing. The support of the world association OISTAT must be seen as such. The DTHG office continued to take over the tasks as the German centre of OISTAT. In 2012, the board of the DTHG had repeatedly dealt with assessing the benefits the support of the world association could bring for the members. First of all, those commissions were selected in which this connection can be successfully achieved, both in terms of personnel and subject matter. Andreas Bickel was delegated to the Technical Commission and Dr. Gabriele Högg temporarily took over the work in the International Education Commission. Reinhold Daberto also works...
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2013

In 2013 the DTHG as the German Centre of OISTAT again endeavoured to support the work in various commissions and other projects.
DTHG had issued an invitation to the Technical Commission for SHOWTECH 2013, which met in Berlin on June 18 and 19, 2013. Reinhold Daberto attended the annual meeting of the Architecture Commission on 10 September 2013 in Cardiff, Dr. Gabriele Högg on 12 September 2013 at the meeting of the Education Commission and on behalf of Andreas Bickel at the meeting of the Technology Commission on 11 September 2013 also in Cardiff. The competition and exhibition WORLD STAGE DESIGN took place in Cardiff in September this year. The Scenography Commission, which had given itself the new title Performance Design, also met there. Prof. Tina Kitzing represented the DTHG as a member of the commission. The regular OISTAT Congress with elections to the executive board also took place in Cardiff. Unfortunately, the DTHG nominated candidate, Reinhold Daberto, was not elected. This was all the more regrettable because it was associated with expectations to question previous structures of the world association and to search for new contemporary solutions. This task must therefore be continued for the next few years. Thanks to...
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2014

The cooperation with OISTAT, always an occasion for discussion and critical remarks, was put to a new test in 2014. After the elections of the executive board of OISTAT 2013, it had become necessary to question fundamental questions, such as the international status of the organisation, financial liability risks and international business conduct. Experience has shown that this process is not so fast with large international associations and requires consistent inquiries, discussions and much more.
As a result, however, clarity was achieved on most points: OISTAT is regarded as a sub-organization of the International Theatre Institute as a non-governmental organization (NGO) recognised by UNESCO. In future, the annual report will be detailed and published. For the DTHG, this means seeking coordination with the ITI Germany in the future, since the DTHG cannot delegate representatives to all commissions of the OISTAT.
In the course of this reorganization, it will also be important in future to question the future of the Prague Quadriennale. In 2014, the ITI had not submitted an application to finance a German contribution. As a result, the Association of Scenographers decided to develop its own contribution and urgently needed support for it. The DTHG was ready and arranged for the...
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2015

The architectural competition of OISTAT was highly regarded. The exhibition on 500 pallets at the Stage | Set | Scenery offered an interesting overview of the best of the numerous entries. The Prague Quadriennale took place from 18 to 28 June 2015. Since 1967, the Prague Quadriennale (PQ) has grown from an international exhibition of stage design, theatre architecture and education to an ever-growing event. Above all, the series of lectures and workshops as well as international theatre projects have changed the face of the Prague Quadrennial and expanded and enlarged the visitor groups. After the last event four years ago, the name was changed from PQ "for stage design and architecture" to PQ for "Performance Design and Space". A major change for regular guests: there was no longer a central exhibition hall. In addition, the cooperation between PQ organizers and OISTAT was terminated. In 1967, PQ emerged from an initiative of OISTAT. The so-called Small Congress was a tradition, as were meetings of all OISTAT commissions. Messe Berlin, in cooperation with DTHG and OISTAT, has now made the Stage|Set|Scenery available as a new home for the OISTAT architecture competition TAC. The Czech Ministry of Culture was now the sole...
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2016

European OISTAT Meeting in Antwerp 10 September 2016: The European TheatreEurope Group of OISTAT met for a summit to discuss the future development of this sub-association. This was founded with a view to applying for new European OISTAT projects in Brussels. In order to give all European OISTAT centres the opportunity to take part in the discussion, DTHG has decided together with Messe Berlin to give the TheatreEurope Group a roundtable at the upcoming Stage|Set|Scenery in order to invite all European OISTAT centres to a discussion. Europäisches OISTAT Meeting in Antwerpen 10. September 2016:
Die europäische TheatreEurope-Gruppe der OISTAT traf sich zu einem Summit, um die zukünftige Entwicklung dieses Unterverbandes zu besprechen. Diese wurde unter dem Aspekt gegründet, neue europäische OISTAT-Projekte in Brüssel beantragen zu können. Um allen europäischen OISTAT-Zentren die Möglichkeit zu geben, sich an der Diskussion zu beteiligen, hat die DTHG gemeinsam mit der Messe Berlin entschieden, auf der kommenden Stage|Set|Scenery der TheatreEurope-Gruppe ein Roundtable zu geben, um alle europäischen OISTAT-Zentren zu einem Gespräch einladen zu können.
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