Divadelná Nitra explores the possibilities of theatre and society

28.07.2018 01:07

Eight foreign and five Slovak productions and performances will be presented in the main programme of the International Festival Divadelná Nitra 2018. The curators chose them taking into account this year's theme - RE. The 27th edition of the most important international festival of performing art in Slovakia will start on September 28th and will take place till October 3rd.

Polish production My Struggle, directed by Michal Borczuch, will open the festival. TR Warszawa has adapted Borczuch's best-selling series of Karl Ove Knausgård for one of the most important Polish theatre troupe. Six volumes and about 3,600 book pages merged into a magnificent production which is one of the most valued and disputable piece of work of the season in Poland. Opening evening is traditionally held on the main stage of the Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra.


"A feeling of life on the edge, at the turning point, the need for a change of paradigm" is a moto of the project, which was one of the main resources of this year's festival programme. Again, anew, answer ".This is the basis for the title and theme of the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra 2018 – RE", explains in the text of the project Darina Kárová, the director of the festival. " The key idea is to pay attention to the state of society and world, respond of the era, forecasts ".

Michał Borczuchcomes back to Nitra after three years. When his Apocalypse opened the festival in 2015, it was a great success. In the original scenario, the issues of migration and inactivity were anticipated and it perfectly reflected the theme of Empathy - sharing and giving. The new production My Struggle is about trying to grasp the life that escapes from a man. He works with everyday situations and, in the same time, experiments with a theatrical form. One of the curators of the festival programme, Ján Šimko, compares this piece of work to famous Marcel Proust's In Search Of  Lost time and adds, that the difference between these two pieces is that My Struggle is talking without metaphors. Within the thematic play with prefixes and syllables, the festival attributed the term REminiscence to the production.

Divadelná Nitra will also offer other foreign productions and performances which lead to such terms as REactivation, REality, REconstruction, REaction or REpublic 100.

Darina Kárová believes that this year’s theme of Divadelná Nitra is connected with anniversary of so called „years with number 8“. They call for the need to look back, to think about past events, to re-evaluate the interpretation of history and our opinions.

At the same time, they raise questions about our future actions, what should we do to avoid repeating mistakes of the past and to cope with new challenges in social, political, economic, environmental and private spheres so that we can begin to act differently - more friendly to each other and to the environment we live in ", she adds.

The most rounded among anniversaries of so called „years with number 8“is the centenary of the birth of the Czechoslovak Republic. That's why under the term REpublic 100  Divadelná Nitra will offer two productions from the Czech Republic - for children and for adults.

The Naive Theatre in Liberec will present the production Bohemia Lies by the Sea. Unconventional puppet theatre, directed by Michaela Homolova, takes place in the shadows of the sea world. The audience, and not only children, for whom this performance was primarily created, are, during the extremely impressive performance, part of the scene, and the whole theatre hall is taking part in this scene. Here is the miracle of uniting unusual poetry, image and music.  

TRAILER DIVADELNÁ NITRA 2018: Bohemia Lies by the Sea

Cult Cirk La Putyka is coming back with another interpretation of the new circus. Last year, their non-traditional Black Black Woods belonged to the strongest moments of the festival. A new piece under the titleBatacchio was created by Finnish director Maksim Komaro with famous Czech creators. Divadelná Nitra will present it as the final performance beyond the curatorial selection under the title Festival extra.

The Portuguese company Circolando also works with elements of the new circus, including the enormous physical power presented in the production Night. The arena space created at the Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra from a hundred tires will generate a special atmosphere and enrich the physical theatre, exhausting fight for a better place in the world and a better life. The Night is, from the perspective of three Portuguese performers and one DJ, the time for outsiders, who cannot belong to the society that lives during the daytime. This is the reality created by duo of directors - André Braga and Cláudia Figueiredo.


The boundaries of the theatre and the possibilities of using non-theatrical elements in the theatreexplore practically all the productions and performances that Divadelná Nitra has included this year in the main programme. Two of such productions will be presented by conceptual creator from Lebanon - Rabih Mroué, who lives and works in Berlin. His documentary performance Sand in Eyes examines the boundaries of the endurability of perception of killing. Through the fictional world of media and cinematography, spectators will be able to get some insights into the murder committed by the terrorist organization The Islamic State, as well as the killing of terrorists by drones. Moué brings facts, asks questions, but answers have to be found by visitors, as well as their REaction to these facts may be different.


In the production 33 rpm and a few seconds Mroué, in tandem with Lin Saneh, examines the trace left by man after death in the digital world. Actor-free installation is a concert of communication tools - mobile, television and social networks REconstruct a portrait of a murdered Lebanese activist.

Here should be also mentioned experimental but also intimate, essentially installation performance As Far As My Fingertips Take Me. It appears in the main programme of the festival with the connection to the term REactivation. Young Lebanese "live" artist and performer Tania El Khoury, who lives in London and Beirut, processes in this production feelings of immigrants, that she has also experienced by herself. The exclusive performance is presented in a 15-minute loop always only for a single viewer.

TRAILER DIVADELNÁ NITRA 2018:  As Far As My Fingertips Take Me


The REaction to the political context is, after all, also a game with REality - the pseudo-political action of the Hungarian Acacia. Creative duo of the emerging stars of the Hungarian theatre scene - Kristóf Kelemen and Bence György Pálinkáswith a help of satire study the marketing struggle of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban with the European Union. The creators in the real-live records deliberately push the struggle for the acacia, that the Hungarians consider to be their national tree, on the brink of absurdity. It arrived to the Central Europe from North America 300 years ago, and the European Union wants to eradicate acacia as an invasive plant. The pure political theatre is full of humour.

TRAILER DIVADELNÁ NITRA 2018: Hungarian Acacia


Not only Jan Šimko selected foreign productions for the festival, but also other members of Artistic Board of the festival: Dáša Čiripová, Martina Vannayová and Ján Balaj.

The Slovak performing artat the 27th edition of the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitrawill be represented by: The Re-unification of Korea (Júlia Rázusová, The State Theatre of Košice), American Emperor (Iveta Ditte Jurčová, Studio 12 & Pôtoň Theatre), Stalker (Ondrej Spišák, Teatro Tatro), WOW!(Jozef Vlk & Stanislava Vlcek, Debris Company).

The curators of the Slovak part of the main programme of the festival are members of MLOKi, theatre critics Zuzana Andrejcová Ferusová, Katarína Cvečková, Lucia Lejková and Martina Mašlárová.


The hosting Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra will present their production People, Places and Things (Marián Amsler). Moreover, Karol Spišák Old Theatre will welcome spectators to its production Sam and Esmeralda (Linda Keprtová), which is included to the accompanying programme of the festival.

Ticketsto all productions of the 27th edition of the International Festival Divadelná Nitra are on sale on-line from August 6, 2018. Furthermore, you will be able to buy tickets at the festival box office at Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra from August 23, 2018.

In addition to the main festival programme, there is also a rich accompanying programme for children and adults in sections: Festival for children, Young Theatre, other square, REAgora Nitra. Theatre productions, movies, concerts, exhibitions, reading, debates, workshops – all these events with the theme -RE will take place not only in Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra, Karol Spišak Old Theatre in Nitra, but also on the premises of other cultural institutions, as well as in the Festival tent or in the Svätopluk'ssquare and the adjacent streets.


The Festival is held under the auspices of the President of the Slovak Republic  Andrej Kiska,
the Chairman of the Nitra Self-Governing Region Milan Belica
and the Mayor of the City of Nitra Jozef Dvonč.

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