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Divadelná Nitra muses on guilt and innocence

THE 21st YEAR of the Divadelná Nitra international theatre festival, which takes place annually in the town of the same name, will focus on the issue of guilt and innocence, turning from individual and relationship issues to social and political ones – both past and very present.

THE 21st YEAR of the Divadelná Nitra international theatre festival, which takes place annually in the town of the same name, will focus on the issue of guilt and innocence, turning from individual and relationship issues to social and political ones – both past and very present.

“We have followed authors who deal with questions of morals, ethics, social events, going also into the past and looking back at the traumas of the past…” said Darina Kárová, head of the festival, explaining how the works were chosen.

“All the plays are contemporary; we do not have a single classical piece – although this was not our primary goal. To a large extent, the programme includes also authorial theatre: these are new texts,” she added.

This year, eight authors will be presented to the public: seven foreign and one directorial team from Slovakia.

“We strive to show the modern audiences but also the expert professionals who come to the festival various ways in which authors handle these themes. Apart from drama, we have farce, dance and video- presentation,” Kárová said.

The main programme takes place between September 21 and 26 in two Nitra theatres and offers 13 stagings from ten countries, including Germany, Russia, Belgium, Slovenia and Great Britain.

The opening piece, Open to Everything, is co-produced by the festival, which is bringing it to Slovakia. It is a work by Constanza Macras, an Argentinean choreographer living in Germany, and her dance ensemble DorkyPark, and combines live Roma music played by a Czech band and five dancers performing a contemporary interpretation of authentic Roma dance from Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. (This play then continues to Košice to be played on September 23.)
Another festival co-production is the play Two in Your House, by the independent Russian theatre Teatr.doc, offering the story of contemporary Belarusian poet, dissident and opposition presidential candidate Vladimir Neklyaev. It is based on true events and explores what it means to be a prisoner in one’s own home.

During the festival the Dosky / Boards awards for the best theatre works of the 2011/2012 season will be announced.

Since being founded in 1996, the Dosky have become the leading Slovak theatre awards.
The most nominations, six, this year went to the drama Pohania (Pagans) by the late Russian playwright Anna Yablonskaya, who was killed in a terrorist attack at an airport in Moscow in 2011. Her play has been staged by the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava and will be also shown as part of the Nitra festival.

Information about Divadelná Nitra can be found (in English) at: www.nitrafest.sk.

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