•  Published on: 23/12/2018

I believe that Theatre will never cease to exist. I think, even if this might sound paradoxical, that this ancient Art is also an Art of the Future. Not because of the will of those who create Theatre–playwrights, actors, directors–and all the other factors that contribute to a performance, but because you, the people, the audience, will still want it to exist in the future. [...]

In my view, this evident, timeless relation between human beings and theatre is an eternal one. This is because I believe that while Theatre evolved into a social phenomenon, it was, at the beginning, a natural one. Theatre dates from the time that the first human beings began to memorize their experiences and represent them in imagination, from the time that human beings began to plan their actions, imagining how to accomplish them. The first theatre company and the first theatrical performances took shape in the minds of men and women. Every person has an innate need and ability to create performances. Have you ever realized that each of us, without exception, has at his or her disposal a private theater company, in which we ourselves play the leading role while at the same time being our own audience? Very often, we are also the playwright, the set designer of this company. How and when does this occur? Isn't this in fact what we are doing, when, preparing ourselves for an interested or crucial meeting, we imagine the whole scene in order to decide how we will behave. Aren't our memories and even our dreams, actually performances of our private company? I think, therefore, that Theatre will never cease to exist because I believe that men and women will never stop living without the agony of self-knowledge, without the existential need to become spectators of their actions, that is to say, without those elements of the human psyche from which the Art of Theatre emerged, from which it has been re-created for thousands of years and from which it will continue to be reborn as long as human beings remain the natural fruit of love.

Iakovos Kampanellis
World Theatre Day 2001