Divadelná Nitra will enter the 26th edition with the theme #FUNDAMENTALS. Tickets in sale!

14.08.2017 09:08

Compromise or amorality, survival or collaboration, homeland or abroad, common sense or miracle? What are the core values of human life and society? Commercialization, globalization, individualism win the main prize? How are traditions, culture and nature ranked in our list of core values?

The International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra 2017, which will be held during September 22 - 26, will enter its 26th edition with the theme #FUNDAMENTALS. 

"The mysterious concept #fundamentals expresses footings, basic principles, the heart of matter, the essence. We want to give priority to the basic values. That is why, we try to disclose the concept of fundamentals with a help of such key words like home, family, peace, traditions, memory, freedom, justice, sympathy, education, nature, beauty... " explains a director of the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra Darina Kárová.

The main festival programme during the 5-day theatre event will offer 10 productions, 14 performances of intriguing artists from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, the United States of America, Slovenia and Slovakia.

"In addition to the drama, we will also show a movement theatre, a theatre-film, a production in the sign language of deaf, documentary or sci-fi inspired works, a comedy engraved with irony, ignorance, political context, but also serious works that will hit and evoke emotions. We will introduce some creators, who have not been to Nitra festival yet. All productions of the main programme will be presented by theatres, whose artistic works bring up classical or contemporary productions" says Darina Kárová.




Pursuit of Happiness, USA + Slovenia

EnKnapGroup, Ljubljana + Nature Theater of Oklahoma, New York

concept, text and direction: Pavol Liška, Kelly Copper

It will be the first time in the history of the festival, when the opening performance of Divadelná Nitra will be presented by the production from the United States of America. And for the first time ever the production of Slovakian-born Pavel Liska will be held in Slovakia. "His" troupe from Nature Theater of Oklahoma, an OBIE- award winning New York-based performance group, is one of the most renowned global names theatre, which emphasises on the creation of experimental artistic works. This troupe will present their production PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, which pays attention to the so-called American Dream.

“The United States’ founding document, the Declaration of Independence, places “the pursuit of happiness” among the “unalienable rights” which it asserts have been given to all human beings by their Creator, and which governments have been tasked to protect. But what is Happiness? Where are the borders of Happiness? Who is happy now? ask creators of a funny performance, which has appeared on the basis of collaboration between  an American duo Liska - Copper from the Nature Theater of Oklahoma, New York and movement  theatre EnKnapGroup, Ljubljana.


22. 9. 2017  |  18.30 – 20.45  |   Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra – Big Hall  |  BUY TICKET

Actor and Carpenter Majer Talks about the State of his Homeland, Czech Republic

Studio Hrdinů, Prague

direction: Kamila Polívková

One of the most precise and provocative view on the society after November ´89 will be presented by our neighbour, a well-known Prague Studio Hrdinů. ACTOR AND CARPENTER MAJER TALKS ABOUT THE STATE OF HIS HOMELAND is a provocative theatre hit from the Czech Republic. “Patriotic” psychological research of David Zábranský, the winner of Magnesia Litera as a Discovery of the Year, also raises intriguing questions: “What is the Czech Republic? Where does it begin and end? Who wants to live here? Who lives here and why? Who or what is guilty for a current disgust of Majer and his kind to the Czech Republic? Can the current Czech president be blamed for that?”

“Needless to say, that this production tells about the President Zeman, but also about Havel and Klaus. Moreover, here he decides, if he should leave his homeland or not, which is the relationship of our homeland towards other homelands, also it will be about elites and society, borders and borderless, disregard, sloth, responsibility of the intellectual minority, and about things, which we all do to make our native land really like a homeland,” writes news website Novinky.cz in its review. This production, directed by Kamila Polívková, shows an excellent play of a well-known and famous Czech actor Stanislav Majer, who has gained the Theatre Critics’ Award for the Best Actor in 2016 for his performance in the monodrama, which is also named after him.

23. 9. 2017  |  16.00 – 17.20  |   Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra – Studio  |  BUY TICKET

23. 9. 2017  |  20.30 – 21.50  |   Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra – Studio  |  BUY TICKET

Black Black Woods, Czech Republic + Greece

Cirk La Putyka, Prague + Rootlessroot, Athens

direction and choreography: Jozef Fruček, Linda Kapetanea

The Czech theatre art will be also represented by a well-known Cirk La Putyka, which has created a co-production with Greek artists from the Rootlessroot. Their BLACK BLACK WOODS brings spectators to a magical black-black forest, where they can observe an ancient fight between father and son, between two generations, cruelly hateful and fragile loving relationship between a parent and child. The unusual production about the eternal effort to overcome one’s shadow presented by the actual father-and-son acting duo, Rostislav Novák Jr. and Rostislav Novák Sr.


24. 9. 2017  |  16.00 / 18.30 – 20.00  |  Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra - Big Hall  |  BUY TICKET

Zvizdal [Chernobyl so far so close], Belgium

Company BERLIN, Antwerp

concept: Bart  Baele, Yves Degryse, Cathy Blisson

The troupe Berlin from Belgium will bring to the festival the unique human story from the end of the world. Their ZVIZDAL [Chernobyl so far so close] tells the story of an elderly couple that lives alone in the area contaminated by radiation, where time seems to have stopped in 1986, when the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded. Instead of escaping the ecological catastrophe, they decided to remain in the place of their forefathers, where their land and their livestock are. The Belgian artists from BERLIN have been visiting the elderly couple Nadia and Peter in the Ukrainian village Zvizdal for five years. They unite theatre and film to tell a touching story of life on the threshold between nature and civilisation, as well as of solitude, poverty and, ultimately, of love for one’s home.


25. 9. 2017  |  21.15 – 22.30  |   Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra – Studio  |  BUY TICKET

26. 9. 2017  |  10.00 – 11.15  |   Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra – Studio  |  BUY TICKET

26. 9. 2017  |  17.00 – 18.15  |   Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra – Studio  |  BUY TICKET

One Gesture, Poland

Nowy Teatr Warsaw

direction: Wojtek Ziemilski

“The borders of my language are the borders of my world,” says the philosopher Wittgenstein. But what can we learn about the world with a help of the sign language? This question will be answered by a production ONE GESTURE of Nowy Teatr. Four actors affected by different levels of hearing loss show audience the world, which differs from that of French, German, or Polish language. A production about communication between hearing and hearing loss people tells about the world perception of deaf, things that they experience in their daily life and about the fascination by the specific means of human understanding.


25. 9. 2017  |  21.15 – 22.30  |   Karol Spišák Old Theatre in Nitra - Hall | BUY TICKET

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