Focus on new Slovak drama

THE NATION-WIDE festival of contemporary drama celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2014. The festival, called Nová Dráma (New Drama), takes place between May 12 and 17 and will offer nine plays within a competition, two Hungarian performances within the “Hungarian Focus” (as well as screenings of two films by Hungarian directors and a lecture on documentary theatre) and a host of accompanying events.

THE NATION-WIDE festival of contemporary drama celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2014. The festival, called Nová Dráma (New Drama), takes place between May 12 and 17 and will offer nine plays within a competition, two Hungarian performances within the “Hungarian Focus” (as well as screenings of two films by Hungarian directors and a lecture on documentary theatre) and a host of accompanying events.

“It could be said that the leitmotif connecting all competing and non-competing performances is identity and grappling with the past, and also capturing modern life in Slovakia,” Miroslav Švoňava of the organising Theatre Institute told The Slovak Spectator.

Theatres vying for the main award are the drama section of the Slovak National Theatre (two pieces), The Slovak Chamber Theatre from Martin, the Astorka Theatre from Bratislava, Pôtoň Theatre – Centre for Art and Creativity from the municipality of Bátovce, the Košice State Theatre, the Prešov National Theatre, the Puppet Theatre on the Crossroads from Banská Bystrica and Bratislava’s SkRAT theatre. These were selected by a team of theatre reviewers and theoreticians consisting of Elena Knopová and Zuzana Uličianska and dramatic advisor Marek Godovič.

The festival programme offers the most outstanding pieces of contemporary drama premiered within the last year in theatres around Slovakia. Interest in the festival continues to grow.

“For the first time, theatre experts from Europe contacted us in advance, six months ahead, saying that they would very much like to visit our festival, as they had heard about it,” festival director Vladislava Fekete told the SITA newswire, adding that getting Slovakia’s current drama to European festivals is one of New Drama’s goals.

“It is a good sign that we have been seeing in the last five to seven years that theatres are increasingly staging Slovak plays, and not those written a hundred years ago, but rather those reflecting actual events,” festival programme manager Dária Fojtíková Fehérová told the TASR newswire.

The selection of the best Slovak theatrical works staged between March 1, 2013 and the end of January 2014 will be presented in several venues in Bratislava.

“All performances of the festival have English subtitles,” Švoňava informed The Slovak Spectator. “As for the accompanying programme, we secured simultaneous interpreting of the conference ‘New Dramaturgy, New Dramatuge’ , of discussions with the authors of the competing pieces on May 14, 15 and 17; and also the presentation of the documentary theatre PanoDrama on May 15. The workshop ‘A Theatrical Break from Theatre’ on May 16 at 14:00 will be held in English.” Thus, the festival offers a unique chance to get an overview of what is happening in Slovak drama.

The full festival programme can be found, also in English, at theatre.sk in the “News” section.

Top stories

UPDATED: Report: Slovakia a finalist to host new car plant

SLOVAKIA and Poland are said to be the last two countries competing for a new unspecified car plant while final decision could be made in the summer 2015.

Monk seal, to be seen in a movie at Ekotopfilm/Envirofilm festival in Bratislava and Banská Bystrica

Countrywide events

Tips for events between May 22 and 31, including a concert of top four world/ethno music Slovak bands, a festival of environmental movies, days of architecture, an opera premiere, a literary festival, two markets of…

The TSS team in 2010: from left,bottom row: Jana Liptáková, Beata Balogová, Ján Pallo, Zuzana Vilikovská; top row: Donald Spatz, Tatiana Štrauchová, Marta Fukasová, Michaela Terenzani, Roman Král, Martina Mišíková, Dáša Košútová, Beata Fojtíková, James Thomson

More independent thought and self-confidence for Slovakia

The Slovak Spectator has been covering the development of Slovakia for two decades now. On the occasion of the celebration of its 20th anniversary it surveyed its founder, head of the Petit Press publishing house as…

Asian tourists in Bratislava

Bratislava tourists good for little more than a three hour tour

IN THE tourist season, the Slovak capital is frequently visited by tourists, including Austrians, Americans and tourists from Asia alike. But most stay just long enough for a brief guided tour, and coffee break…

MOST READ ARTICLES


  1. More independent thought and self-confidence for Slovakia
  2. UPDATED: Report: Slovakia a finalist to host new car plant
  3. Many Slovaks still migrate for work
  4. Bratislava tourists good for little more than a three hour tour
  5. 4 things to know when drinking in Slovakia
  6. Drahovská kosa opened the season of scything competitions
  7. Volkswagen opens state-of-the-art body shop
  8. Police bust of international counterfeiters
  9. Blog: The state of Services for expats in Bratislava
  10. Fine for child’s death lower than selling goods after sell-by date
  1. Volkswagen opens state-of-the-art body shop
  2. Many Slovaks still migrate for work
  3. Levoča altar has been reconstructed to full splendour
  4. Young Slovak scientists succeed at International Science Fair in Pittsburgh
  5. Blog: The state of Services for expats in Bratislava
  6. UPDATED: Report: Slovakia a finalist to host new car plant
  7. Slovak Božena minesweepers head to Nigeria and Bangladesh
  8. Slovakia will host ice hockey world championship
  9. Bratislava tourists good for little more than a three hour tour
  10. 4 things to know when drinking in Slovakia
  1. Many Slovaks still migrate for work
  2. Volkswagen opens state-of-the-art body shop
  3. 4 things to know when drinking in Slovakia
  4. Levoča altar has been reconstructed to full splendour
  5. Slovak Božena minesweepers head to Nigeria and Bangladesh
  6. Young Slovak scientists succeed at International Science Fair in Pittsburgh
  7. Russia's Sberbank considers leaving Slovakia
  8. Slovakia will host ice hockey world championship
  9. Blog: The state of Services for expats in Bratislava
  10. Slovak aid to Nepal remains grounded