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.
How many actors can fit in one superhuman sofa on stage?How many kilometres of cables are necessary for one production?And how many lights will illuminate the headliner of this year’s Divadelná Nitra International Theatre Festival taking place between 26 September and 1 October 2014. Various curiosities are hidden behind the curtain of the 23rd edition.
A spectacular world classic under a theatre tent, an impressive stage adaptation of a cult film, a surprising and hilarious “cosmic” opera for both children and parents, contemporary dance about equality, but also differences between men and women, as well as documentary theatre about a major case will be brought to the stages of the Divadelná Nitra International Theatre Festival in form of the productions of its new programme section – Festival Plus.
A geyser of theatrical imagination, a crazy funhouse of the forgetful Europe, an intimate report about one decade, a story from both hell and purgatory, as well as a cry into the lights of the glowing capitalism will be brought to the scene of the Divadelná Nitra International Festival taking place from 26 September to 1 October 2014.The motto of the 23rd edition will be Art, What For? and it will add a dose of provocativeness and innovativeness to the programme.
In 2014 we are bringing the question Art, what for?. There may be those in whom it inspires deep thinking, others might find it provocative, while yet others even irritating. As for us, it inspires in us the effort to elicit public discourse dealing with a serious present-day issue, namely the position of art in the life of man and society.
The international project Parallel Lives – 20th Century through the Eyes of Secret Police whose world premiere was presented to spectators during last year's edition of the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra, continues its European tour.From 19 to 22 June 2014, six productions from six countries which based on real stories of real people show the practices of secret police forces of communist regimes, will be presented at the stages of the Dresden State Theatre.
It was great experience for all of involved. More than 40 m long wall above the school playground was step by step covered with charming birds, castles, blocks of houses, trees, ships, flowers. Children mingled with adult voluntaries in creative teams. Unseeing with seeing, adults with children.
Congratulations! Special award for documentary theatre for the performance Typography Majuscule Majuscul, co-produced by Divadelná Nitra - Parallel Lives project, given by the Senate of UNITER (The Romanian Association of Theatre Artists).
Congratulations to creators and the director Giannina Cărbunariu (in the photo by © Alin Zaharie)
28th of April, UNITER awards 2014
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.