Association Divadelná Nitra is one of the few platforms in the culture sphere that addresses important socio-political issues, works with audiences of various age and educational background and coordinates informal educational projects, both during and outside its festival.

The project How To Understand Theatre wasconceivedin 2008 and existed in its original form for 9 years. In 2017, it was broadened substantially toincludeTheatre Festival Visits and Lectures on Contemporary Theatre. In 2019, we are adding a fourth segment to the project – so-calledTheatre Travels, which we are able to organise thanks the generous support of the Slovak Arts Council.

How To Understand Theatre 2019 consists of four individual segments, whose purpose is to offer a diverse array of activities and appealtovarious target audiences.

PROJECT SEGMENTS

Segment 1 – HOW TO UNDERSTAND THEATRE IN NITRA

This segment focuses on a single production at a theatre in Nitra, this year in collaboration with the New Theatre.

Segment 2 – STUDY VISIT AT A THEATRE FESTIVAL

This segment aims to allow as many university students as possible to visit a prominent theatre festival, in 2019 namely the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra (27 September – 2 October 2019). The programme is intended especially for students from various departments at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica and the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno.

Segment 3 – THEATRE TRAVELS

This year’s new addition aims to extend the project’s scope in the direction of Slovak theatrical production. In 2019, it is organised in collaboration with the Slovak Chambre Theatre in Martin and the State Opera in Banská Bystrica.

Segment 4 – ON CONTEMPORARY THEATRE

Informal talks and discussions on contemporary theatre – profiles of living directors and prominent European stages, screenings of productions staged at the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra, accompanied by commentary from a theatre professional and discussions (November – December 2019).