Dramaturgy Board Decides on the Competition Programme of the 2019 Nová dráma/New Drama Festival

Nová dráma

The nationwide Slovak theatre festival will welcome 10 productions of contemporary Slovak and international drama that will compete for the festival prizes. Nová dráma/New Drama will take place between 4 and 9 May 2019 in theatres in Bratislava.

The Dramaturgy Board of the 2019 Nová dráma/New Drama festival (consisting of Zuzana Uličianska – theatre critic and writer, Martina Borodovčáková – theatre critic, Alžbeta Vakulová – theatrologist and documentarist, Miron Pukan – theatrologist and historian, Lukáš Kopas – theatrologist and historian) concluded its selection of productions to be included in the competition programme. The board made its choice out of 66 productions of contemporary dramatic texts staged in professional theatres in Slovakia which premiered between 1 February 2018 and 31 January 2019. The dramaturgy board selected 10 competing productions for the festival’s main programme.

Productions nominated for the main programme of the 15th Nová dráma/New Drama festival (ordered alphabetically by production title):

  • Martin Pollack – Michal Ditte: The Emperor of America
    (directed by: Iveta Ditte Jurčová)
    Studio 12, Bratislava and Pôtoň Theatre, Bátovce
  • Petra Fornayová et al.: End End
    (concept and directed by: Petra Fornayová)
  • Team of authors: I Love You and Beware
    (directed by: Veronika Malgot and Lýdia Ondrušová)
    NUDE Theatre, Bratislava
  • Umberto Eco – Peter Brajerčík: Moral Insanity
    (directed by: Júlia Rázusová)
    Prešov National Theatre
  • Miroslav Dacho, Ján Luterán: Our Guy
    (directed by: Ján Luterán)
    ASTORKA Korzo ’90 Theatre, Bratislava
  • Loosely based on the fiction of Joseph Roth: Project 1918
    (directed by: Michal Vajdička)
    Drama Department of the Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava
  • Arkady and Boris Strugacky – Ondrej Spišák: Stalker
    (directed by: Ondrej Spišák)
    Teatro Tatro, Nitra
  • Lucy Prebble: Side Effects
    (directed by: Michael Vyskočáni)
    City Theatre Žilina
  • Viliam Klimáček: Vodka and Chrome (nurses, patients, doctors and dissidents)
    (directed by: Viliam Klimáček)
    GUnaGU, Bratislava
  • Joël Pommerat: The Reunification of the Two Koreas
    (directed by: Júlia Rázusová)
    State Theatre Košice

The production nominated for the out-of-competition programme Future Found of the 15th Nová dráma/New Drama festival:

  • Søren Aabye Kierkegaard/Mário Drgoňa/Rebeka Mehlyová: Søren Kierkegaard
    (directed by: Silviu Debu)
    Studio 12, Bratislava


About 2019 Nová dráma/New Drama Festival

The fifteenth festival, organized by the Theatre Institute, will take place between 4 and 9 May 2019 in Bratislava. Ten 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 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 prizes will be given during the final ceremony on 9 May. The festival will include also the production nominated for the out-of-competition programme Future Found.

This year, the Focus programme section addresses the contemporary drama and theatre of Greece. An international conference titled Ecological Questions and Environmental Issues in Theatre and Performance will reveal many connections between performing arts and current ecological problems or the issues related to the effect of people on the environment that surrounds them. The conference will be attended by eminent theorists and active theatremakers dealing with this topic. Romanian playwright Gianina Cărbunariu will be the patron of the 15th festival. She will also lead the masterclass for Slovak theatremakers.


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