The symposium is in Italian, French and English with respective simultaneous translation
Andres Neumann achieved a prominent role in the international arts and culture business. In 1978 he set up his own company, the Andres Neumann International, that soon became one of the most important agencies for worldwide organisation, distribution and production of high profile events in the performing arts. The Andres Neumann International successfully launched artists like Dario Fo and Vittorio Gassman in the United States, presented the work of Oscar- winning Polish director Andrzej Wajda to New York audiences, the Japanease Great Kabuki to Italian ones, Ingmar Bergman to Spoleto, as well as The Mahabarata by Peter Brook to five European co-producing cities, and three works by Pina Baush and the Tanztheater Wuppertal to coproducing cities on two continents. Over the years international press and media have reviewed Andres Neumann's productions and artistic choices with great interest and generosity. He has received numerous awards and was appointed Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry for Culture.
Jean Guy Lecat has worked as stage manager, machinist, flying machinist, props man, set constructor, set designer, photographer, scenic painter, lighting designer, sound designer, costume designer, technical director, and theatre consultant. In 1965, after having been a fitter model maker, then draughtsman, in Thomson- Houston's factories, J.G. Lecat completed 6 months of training at the Television Studios Les Buttes Chaumont. During that period, he met Claude Perset, a set designer and theatre architect. In 1966, he left the factory and became Perset's assistant; with him he designed several theatres and festival spaces, among them the famous Théâtre d'Orsay (Théâtre du Rond Point today). He then passed through every technical and artistic job in theatre including being an actor, and started to work on various projects with many directors and architects around the world - always keeping one foot on architecture and the other one on the theatre stage. From 1976 to 2000, as technical director and set designer for Peter Brook, Jean-Guy Lecat
was responsible for research and the transformation or creation of more than 200 performance spaces throughout the world. He left the Peter Brook Company in 2000, and continued to take part in the creation or transformation of spaces at the side of directors and architects. Concurrently he began to share his experiments and discoveries by offering workshops about performance space around the world, for young professionals or students, theatre makers, architects, artists, set- and light designers. He is also working on the project to create a "Theatre School of Techniques and Spaces" in Lisbon and Moscow.
Henning Brockhaus is a theatre director, scenographer and lighting designer of international fame. In 1975, a meeting with Giorgio Strehler marked a major turning point in his career, steering him towards theatre directing. He then became assistant to and developed a close working relationship with the founder of the Piccolo Teatro in Milan. From 1984 to 1989, he was dramatist and theatre director at Théâtre de l'Odeon and at Théâtre de l'Europe in Paris. In 1989, he returned to the Piccolo Teatro and worked for the Union of European Theatres. Since 1990, the professional paths of Giorgio Strehler and Henning Brockhaus have diverged, as the latter has pursued a career as a director of opera and theatre productions. He has twice been a recipient of the Premio Abbiati (Italian music critics' award): in 1993, for the production of Traviata, and in 2003, for El Cimarrón by Henze. After many years of theatre activity, Henning Brockhaus also began a teaching career, offering the benefit of his long experience in theatre directing to young aspiring artists. He has taught at I.U.A.V. in Venice and Accademia di Belle Arti di Macerata. Also in 2004, he founded the "Bottega del Teatro Musicale", the first school of musical theatre directing at a national level.
Roland Olbeter is a scenographer and designer of robotics. He has lived and worked in Barcelona since 1986. He began his education studying both the violin and naval construction, after which he worked in drama and musical theatre, overseeing technical movement and sound. In his work, he strives for incredible technical perfection in the visual arts and in theatre. Together with Franc Aleu and Pere Tantiсá he makes up the Maat Collective artistic group, where his work involves the creation of gadgets that facilitate unusual effects. He worked with La Fura dels Baus on the opening ceremony of the Barcelona Olympic Games. He has collaborated with Bigas Luna, Marcel lí Antünez, Jaume Plensa, Alfred Arribas, Enric Miralles and Xavier Mariscal. He has designed important productions for La Fura dels Baus for The Naumon Ship. Recently, he has worked on a new production of Soundclusters, performed by musical robots. He conceived the idea of a new stage version of the Orlando Furioso! concerto for string quartet, drums and soprano.
He is currently preparing an automatic puppet theatre situated in a container with music by Kats Chernin.