33. International Theatre Festival
DIVADELNÁ NITRA 2024

nový pohľad / new view
We present you the Festival Main
programme – Part II.

Fotografiju ustupio International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra

Bratislava Puppet Theatre and Drak Theatre, Hradec Králové
SLOVAKIA AND CZECH REPUBLIC
Peter Galdík – Tomáš Jarkovský

The Registered Association of Slovak and Czech Puppeteers Presents:

ZBOJNÍK AND GAŠPARKO

10/JUNE/2024
MON/5:30 PM – 6:40 PM
(no intermission)
K. Spišák Old Theatre in Nitra – Great Hall in Slovak and Czech with EN surtitles

Public Q&A with the production team is held after the performance.


Slovak National Theatre – Drama, Bratislava
SLOVENSKO / SLOVAKIA
Paul Rudnick

WE ARE FINE
(THE NEW CENTURY)

12/JUNE/2024
WE/6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
K. Spišák Old Theatre in Nitra – Great Hall in Slovak with EN surtitles

Public Q&A with the production team is held after the performance.


The International Theatre Festival
Divadelná Nitra will come in Bratislava

Nowy Teatr, Warsaw
POLAND
Markus Öhrn

PHOBIA

11/JUNE/2024
TUE/7:00 PM – 9:10 PM
(with 2 intermissions)
The new SNT building – Drama Hall, Bratislava in Polish with SK and EN surtitles

Public Q&A with the production team is held after the performance.


The Registered Association of Slovak and Czech Puppeteers Presents: 

ZBOJNÍK AND GAŠPARKO

Two folk characters as symbols of two countries that are close to each other also because they are different in many ways. The Slovak Bratislava Puppet Theatre and the Czech Theatre Drak from Hradec Králové are coming to Divadelná Nitra with a joint production that is intended far from only for children. On the contrary, as it unites Slovak and Czech culture, it also creates space for a common experience for different generations.

On the one hand, there is Joker, an archetype that has its roots in servant figures in the comedies and farces of ancient Rome. A lower-class figure popular for centuries among the general populace precisely because he copes with his difficult fate through cunning and speculation. On the other hand, the Bandit, also a universal character. Whether named Robin Hood, William Tell or Jánošík, he always appears to cure injustice and stand up for the weak. The first is more associated with the urban environment, the second is characterised by dense forests and the mystery of magical nature. The production deliberately and with insight works with the most well-known clichés about the two countries that once formed the federation.

The Nitra-based stage director Šimon Spišák and his Czech counterpart Jakub Vašíček used the two characters to play out a comic story on stage. About the Slovaks, who under the Tatra peaks are moved by their own folklore and with a shepherd’s axe called valashka in hand give room to more emotions than reason. About the Czechs, their socks in sandals and about the nature that combines the speculation of Švejk and the wisdom of the beetle Truhlík. And finally, it is about the view of young artists on the common past of Czechs and Slovaks and the separation that marked both nations. The production featured at a number of festivals. In 2023 it received the 2023 Divadelní noviny Award in the category puppet and visual theatre. All this shows that the production is the most interesting piece that emerged on Slovak and Czech stages in 2023.

WE ARE FINE
(THE NEW CENTURY)

The Czech director Daniela Špinar is one of the most outstanding names of her generation. This is underscored by the fact that she was appointed the artistic director of the National Drama Theatre in Prague at the age of 35. She is coming to Divadelná Nitra with a production that she made at the Drama Company of the Slovak National Theatre. At first glance, the production largely brings satirical and at times politically incorrect humour or golden sparkles of the cabaret genre. Yet, a closer look reveals a piece that is a statement about loneliness, about the innate human need to overcome loneliness and about the unique parent – child relationship.

Three monologues conceived as stand-up comedy in the interpretation of Zuzana Fialová, Ľuboš Kostelný and Gabriela Dzuríková offer three stories – three statements that are connected by the demonised topic of LGBTI+ people in Slovakia as well. They are presented in a way that points out the absurdity of some ideas, such as that gays spread homosexuality with their gaze. On the other hand, the authors do not create an uncritically activist piece: instead, they attempt to communicate with a more conservative audience.

With the very title of the play, The New Century, Paul Rudnick emphasises that the text is also largely about the dialogue between the generations of LGBTI+ people from the 1990s and the present-day 20– and 30-somethings. The Slovak (and Czech) translation of We Are Fine accentuates much more powerfully the need for the majority to accept people with a minority relationship preference. The result of presenting the piece on the stage of the Slovak National Theatre is a production. In addition to a striking text, it is based on extraordinary performances, detailed work of the lead characters what multiplies the experience and unexpected catharsis among the spectators.

PHOBIA

The fruit of the collaboration of two radicals, the Swedish director Markus Öhrn and the Polish conceptual artist Karol Radziszewski is a challenging piece in terms of aesthetics and meaning, that repels and attracts at the same time.

Radziszewski incorporated into the concept of the production his distinctive portraits of iconic figures of Polish history and his invention – the duo Fag Fighters. This fictitious homosexual guerilla unit has been fighting mainstream society in various performative actions in public space since 2007. On stage, the duo in pink balaclavas reaches another dimension: Phobia talks about the phenomenon of the pinkwashing, when joining the fight for the rights of sexual minorities becomes a fashion trend, yet what stands behind is indifference.

What does it actually mean when a heterosexual, middle-class family hangs a rainbow flag on their balcony? Or when the well-earning boss of a fashion clothing chain talks about an inclusive brand whose campaign features two waist-high naked men and rainbow flags? Or when the Swedish director criticises the heteronormative interpretation of Polish history in his production? When these chosen individuals, as pars pro toto of mainstream society, fail to answer quiz questions about Polish history posed by the masked duo, they are severely punished.

This “brutal history lesson”, which is a theatre, exhibition, activism and lecture – all in one, places considerable demands on the spectators. At the same time, however, in perfect exaggeration, caricature and mockery (even self-mockery), it offers a chance for a new take on identity and identification in the broadest sense of the word.


The International Theatre Fetival Divadelná Nitra 2024 is held under the auspices of the President of the Slovak Republic Zuzana Čaputová, the Chairman of the Nitra Self Governing Region Branislav Becík, and the Mayor of The City of Nitra Marek Hattas.

MAIN ORGANISER
Asociácia Divadelná Nitra / Association Divadelná Nitra

MAIN CO-ORGANISERS
Nitra Self-Governing Region
The City of Nitra
The Karol Spišák Old Theatre in Nitra
Slovak National Theatre Drama Company, Bratislava
National Theatre Košice
Tabačka Kulturfabrik Košice

CO-ORGANISERS AND PARTNERS OF THE ADN PLATFORM
Antique Books Zrkadlo, Institute of Archaeology of the Slovak Academy of Science Nitra, COMIN / Blue Dot COMIN, Theatre Institute Bratislava, Gallery Akcent, IPčko.sk, Pod vŕškom – Bookstore and Antiques, The Karol Kmeťko Regional Library in Nitra, Regional Tourism Board, Regional Public Enlightenment Centre in Nitra, Mareena, Music a Café Nitra, Nitra Gallery, Nitra Tourism Board, Nitra Cultural heritage, Pestrec, Sekáč je láska, Slovak Agricultural Museum in Nitra, Slovak Agricultural University, Joined Boarding Schools for Learners with Vision Impairments Bratislava, Private Elementary Arts School ARS STUDIO, The Helena Madariová Private Elementary Arts School, Private Conservatory in Nitra, The Dezider Kardoš Private Conservatory in Topoľčany, Tourist Information Centre Nitra, Constantine The Philosopher University, Uránia, Vila K o. z., Academy of Performing Arts – Theatre Faculty, The Prince Pribina Elementary School, The Jozef Rosinský Elementary School of Arts, Worldwide Ukrainian Play Readings Project

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