Nová dráma/New drama 2020 Festival has introduced its finalists

Eight theatre productions of contemporary Slovak and international drama will participate in the 16th nationwide Slovak theatre festival in Bratislava. The productions participating in the Nová dráma/New drama 2020 festival will compete for prizes in theatres in Bratislava.

From among 72 theatre productions that premiered between 1 February 2019 and 31 January 2020, the festival’s dramaturgy board selected eight competing productions. The dramaturgy board consists of the following members:

  • Elena Knopová (Head of the Institute of Theatre and Film Research at the Art Research Centre of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, theatrologist),
  • Diana Pavlačková (theatrologist),
  • Barbora Forkovičová (specialist editor of the kød journal, theatre critic),
  • Peter Galdík (dramaturg of the Bratislava Puppet Theatre)
  • and Marek Godovič (theatrologist, dramaturg).

The 16th Nová dráma/New Drama 2020 festival will follow two thematic lines: in addition to taking part in the nationwide Slovak project titled “2020 – the Year of Slovak Theatre”, the festival will present the theme of recycling in relation to preforming art. In collaboration with the Slovak Centre of the International Association of Theatre Critics, the Theatre Institute is organizing a conference within the 30th IATC World Congress. Simultaneously with the Nová dráma/New Drama 2020 festival, a Showcase of Slovak Theatre will take place, presenting the Congress participants – critics from all over the world – with samples of contemporary Slovak drama.

Productions nominated for the main programme of the 16th Nová dráma/New Drama 2020 festival (ordered alphabetically by production title):

  • Anders Thomas Jensen: Adam’s Apples
    (directed by: Ján Luterán)
    State Theatre Košice
  • Marián Amsler: power(less)
    (directed by: Marián Amsler)
    DPM Theatre
  • Miklós Forgács: The Grimless Reaper
    (directed by: Eduard Kudláč)
    City Theatre Žilina
  • Jiří Havelka et al. No Show Tonight
    (directed by: Jiří Havelka et al.)
    Slovak National Theatre
  • Iveta Horváthová: Island
    (directed by: Marián Pecko)
    Slovak Chamber Theatre, Martin
  • Michał Walczak: The Sandbox
    (directed by: Braňo Mazúch)
    Alexander Dukhnovich Theatre
  • Friedrich Dürrenmatt–Peter Galdík: Romulus V / state and urns
    (directed by: Peter Galdík)
  • Andrej Kalinka: Temperaments
    (directed by: Andrej Kalinka)
    Ján Palárik Theatre, Trnava

When voting on the title Romulus V / state and urns, member of the dramaturgy board Peter Galdík did not take part in the voting.

About Nová dráma/New Drama 2020 festival

The sixteenth festival, organized by the Theatre Institute, will take place between 11 and 16 May 2020 in Bratislava. Eight productions were chosen by the dramaturgy board for the festival’s main programme – the productions will compete for three festival prizes. An international jury will decide on the main award – the Grand Prix of the Nová dráma/New Drama 2020 festival for best production. Participants of the young critics’ seminar, students of arts and humanities universities, will award the Student Jury Award. The production with the most votes from the audiences will receive the Bratislava Audience Award. The awards will be awarded during the official ceremony on 16 May 2020.

This year, the Focus programme section addresses the contemporary drama and theatre of Austria. During the Theory Event, a lecture on contemporary Austrian theatre and drama, a publication will be launched – a book containing the translation of three current Austrian plays into Slovak.   German playwright and director Falk Richter will be the festival’s patron. He will also lead the masterclass for Slovak theatremakers.

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