The theme of the 24th edition of the Divadelná Nitra International Theatre Festival will be Empathy with Sharing and Giving as its sub-title. Empathy will interlink all of the Festival’s programme sections, as well as the individual productions included in its programme.
Why Empathy? In contemporary increasingly individualised society where school and family lose their traditional education tools, art seems to be one of the few areas able to have an impact on the formation of human character, one’s ethical principles and emotional depth. The growing emphasis in public life on rationality, economic prosperity and technical development brings a need to compensate the lack of feeling, draw attention to human values, and deepen the spiritual dimension of the individual and society.
“The omnipresent ideal of youth, success and wealth, the media’s picture of a harmonious and comfortable world that is within our reach (thanks to all the different amenities of civilized life, loans and mortgages), need a counterweight in form of intense experiences lived when hearing stories of people, communities, cultural monuments, animals, nature – experiences that enhance our capacity to perceive and help us become more sensitive. In contrast with the generally accepted idea that the meaning of life lies in achieving materialistic happiness, there is the need to bring forward the idea of solidarity, supra-personal interests, social engagement and self-denial.
These reflections yielded the leitmotif of the Divadelná Nitra 2015,” said Festival Director Darina Kárová.
A May Tulip, creative relaxation and cognitive weekend of project A Tulip for You was held on 16 – 17 May 2015 for the fourth time. In marvelous flowering countryside and in campus of Fantázia, in the country of birth of Milan Rastislav Štefánik – met together 50 participants – from that 40 children from three schools, let they – via plays, creative workshops, dancing, visits of mound Bradlo and birthplace of M. R. Štefánik – accomplish two basic project missions: integration of disabled with healthy children and exploring of Slovakia. Great, exciting life and death story of general Štefánik became the main event leitmotiv.
We made all we had to do, though like in some accelerated movie: children had a rest in beautiful country, 2 art and 3 drum workshops, fishing, climbing, motorcar riding, barbecue, disco, the night forest walk, children lesson about M. R. Štefánik, trip to mound of Bradlo and also visit of Štefánik´s birthplace in village Košariská.
Lesson with screen document about childhood, career, death and mound of general Štefánik, which was so well professionally prepared by children from ZŚ kniežaťa Pribinu from Nitra in advance and presented to all as at the conference at the cinema Fantázia – was the excellent experience not only for “little lectors”. It was also the fantastic example for the other children and teachers. Hats off, Nitra!
How the festival Divadelná Nitra programme is made up? The responsibility for programming lies with the Artistic Board and curators. More about the programme procedure read HERE.
One of the most important person of the programme procedure is a curator for the selection of productions from Slovakia. Now we introduce the curators for this year! Read on to find out more.
For A Tulip for You and the outcomes of creative efforts of partially sighted and blind children, who have long been the focus of this Divadelná Nitra Association’s project, the 2014 year end was marked by some precious achievements and public acclaim.
The main programme of the 23rd edition of the Divadelná Nitra International Theatre Festival concluded on Monday night with the best Czech theatre production of the last year –Golden Sixties or Paul J. Diary,produced by Prague’s Theatre on the Balustrade and directed by award-winning stage director Jan Mikulášek.During the five-day theatrical marathon, the Festival brought its spectators 5 extraordinary productions from Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia, and 5 interesting stage pieces from Slovakia.All of the performances had high attendance and harvested great applause.
Top European and Slovak productions will meet under one roof at the 23rd edition of the Divadelná Nitra International Theatre Festival, taking place from today, 26 September to 1 October 2014. Creators from six countries will raise the question Art, what for?, which is the motto of this year’s Festival, doing so through their theatrical statements.
Curious about what you will see at the 23rd edition of the Divadelná Nitra International Theatre Festival from 26 September to 1 October?
Praised by some, hated by others, yet always closely followed and always sold out. That, too, is Herbert Fritsch, famous actor and director of the Berlin-based Volksbühne – the most important theatre of the era of the reunited Germany. On 26 September, his comic opera Untitled No. 1 // Opera by Herbert Fritsch will open the upcoming Divadelná Nitra International Theatre Festival 2014. Festival audience will see its international premiere.
The second world war and one Nazi officer, the economic crisis and Marxist philosophy, the beloved Europe and its wounds incurred during the past century, religious intolerance and three martyrs, as well as moral decline and a crime, will be the subjects of Slovak productions presented to the visitors to the Divadelná Nitra International Theatre Festival taking place from 26 September to 1 October 2014.