V4@Theatre Critics Residency is a creative platform for theatre critics up to the age of 35 who originate from the region of Central and Eastern Europe. The project was created in 2015 at the initiative of Association Divadelná Nitra, in collaboration with partners from participating countries. Over the course of its three years of activity, it has, with the aid of the International Visegrad Fund and the Slovak Arts Council, grown its number of participants, represented countries and mentors.

Its objective is to foster critical reflection on theatre, to keep up with new tendencies in contemporary scenic art and to introduce analytical procedures that serve as tools in reflections about specific and experimental artworks. The residency program enables a group of selected theatre critics to take active part at the International Festival Divadelná Nitra. The group attends theatrical performances at the festival and works out preliminary analyses at meetings with residency mentors. The members’ residency at the festival takes place under the guidance of respected foreign theatrologists and theatre critics Patrice Pavis (2015, 2016, 2017) and Thomas Irmer (2017).

The V4@Theatre Critics Residency project not only serves an educational function, but also acts as a platform for international cultural exchange and the exchange of knowledge on current developments in the scenic arts in the regions of Central and Eastern Europe. The participants’ task is to prepare a presentation on the current situation in the scenic arts field in their home country and deliver it during the festival at the regular public discussion forum The Breakfast with…

By combining analytical seminars that reflect the festival’s main program with the critics’ active participation at meetings with artists, the project provides ground for open discussion, whose ambition is to surpass the context of the festival and engage with the wider socio-political framework. During the past three years of Residency at Divadelná Nitra under the guidance of prestigious figures in theatre theory and criticism.

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V4@Theatre Critics Residency Project are supported by the main partners of International Visegrad Fund and Slovak Arts Council using public funding. 



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