Hidden secret police stories about to be revealed at a European minifestival tour, in a book and in film
What were the practices of secret services under former communist regimes?And what testimonies do former prisoners or persecuted citizens reveal?How do we approach our own past?These and other questions will be answered by the international project of the Divadelná Nitra Association Parallel Lives – 20th Century through the Eyes of Secret Police.Stories about the tyranny of power from six post-communist countries and by six creative teams, took the form of six theatre productions whose world premieres were presented at the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra 2013. The project, however, continues living its life and the real-life stories of a psychiatrist, a young rebel, a secretly-ordained priest, dissident or bricklayer, whose lives had been changed for good by secret police, embark on their European journey.And that is not all – in 2014 the project will present two publications and several films.
New theatre productions touring Europe
The series of six Parallel Lives minifestivals will start in Bratislava.The first minifestival will run from 8 through 13 April 2014, hosted by the SkRAT Theatre at their A4 – Centre for Contemporary Culture.The SkRAT Theatre will present all six project productions by creative teams from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Romania, plus its own piece, in the framework of its festival of authorial theatre Pro-thesis – Parallel Lives.Immediately after the performances, spectators will have a chance to meet and talk to the creators of the productions at discussions.
During the summer and autumn of 2014, the Parallel Lives minifestivals will be hosted by theatres in which the individual productions originated: the Dresden State Theatre (19 to 22 June), National Theatre Opera in Prague (5-9 October), the Odeon Theatre in Bucharest (9-12 October), Sputnik Shipping Company in Budapest (18-19 November), and the tour’s final stop will be at the New Theatre in Krakow in November 2014.
Moreover, some of the productions have already been invited to other towns and various festivals.The Hungarian production Reflex directed by Daniel D. Kovács and produced by the Budapest-based Sputnik Shipping Company, will participate in the International Theatre Festival Kontakt in Torun and the Festival Premiéres in Strasbourg.In mid-March, Typography Majuscule (Performing Archives) by Romanian director Gianina Cărbunariuparticipated in the Transitions 1. Balkans: Contemporary Art Festival of the Independent Balkan Scene in Athens.
A week full of quality drama.That is the promise of Pro-thesis, a festival that will take place from 8 through 13 April at the A4 – Space for Contemporary Culture in Bratislava.Over the course of six days, the festival will present performances that were created as part of the European project Parallel Lives – 20th Century through the Eyes of Secret Police.You can look forward to strong stories performed by the National Theatre Opera Prague, the brilliant Budapest-based Sputnik Shipping Company, the New Theatre in Krakow, SkRAT Theatre from Bratislava, and the Romanian Odeon Theatre or Dresden State Theatre.
Having premiered at the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra 2013, the Parallel Lives productions are now filling up their calendars with travels to renowned European festivals:
Reflex at the festivals in Torun and Strasbourg
The Hungarian production Reflex directed by Daniel D. Kovács, produced by Budapest-based Sputnik Shipping Company, has been invited to participate at the festivals Kontakt in Torun and Premiéres in Strasbourg.The audiences of these renowned international theatre festivals will have a chance to see the production about the persecution of a young female psychiatrist in the 1950s on 26 May 2014 (Torun) and on 7 and 8 June 2014 (Strasbourg).We are very happy for our Hungarian colleagues and share the joy of their international success.
Typography Majuscule (Performing Archives) at the festival in Athens
Another Parallel Lives production has been invited to a prestigious festival.Typography Majuscule (Performing Archives) is on the programme of the very first edition of the Transitions 1. Balkans: Contemporary Art Festival of the Independent Balkan Scene, organised by the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens; it is scheduled for 15 March 2014.The festival seeks to present progressive contemporary art of the Balkan countries which have recently undergone substantial economic and political changes.
Do you think that to take seven – eight years old children to the exhibition “for adults”, with serious, even tragic content – seems to be risky? And more over to take blind children to such an exhibition – is pretty madness?
Blunder! Weak sighted and blind children from project A Tulip for You felt on exhibition of painter Oľga Bartošíková, installed nowadays in House of Arts in Bratislava – like a fish water.
The whole exhibition was introduced to children by author herself. Passing from one painting to the other children got the answer to their questions straight “from the first hand”. Some questions were really charming and even took painter by surprise: “How can that man smoke as his face is packed in plastic foil?” or “May I ask you, how you could manage all this great work?”
Within the international co-production project Parallel Lives – 20th Century through the Eyes of Secret Police, the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra 2013 presented six productions: from The Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and from Slovakia.
Two exhibitions, organized within the International Theatre Festival project Parallel Lives Plus were accessible to 20th October. The first one was the re-installation of the exhibition named Top Secret by Nation’s Memory Institute, which was opened at 19th September, in the areas of Nitra Museum. The exhibition describes the origin, structure, staffing and operation of the State Security (ŠtB) in Slovakia in 1945 – 1989.
The Festival opened with great success at the big hall of the Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra with the original French production Suite No. 1 “ABC” for 22 performers and the conductor of the Encyclopedia of Speech project, and attended by Mr. Marek Maďarič, Minister of Culture of the Slovak Republic.
Divadelná Nitra will present their international and world premieres. The stories of a psychiatrist, young rebel, secretly ordained priest, dissident or bricklayer – true stories of people whose lives definitely changed due to the communist regime, will be brought on stage at the Divadelná Nitra,