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Jan 13, 2014 2:00 PM

Central Europe Young and Restless

Newest trends in the Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak theatre. Martin E. Segal Theatre,The CUNY Graduate Center. 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Join us for an afternoon with theatre specialists from Prague, Budapest, Warsaw and Bratislava discussing the ways the rich theatre culture of this region is looking for its specific position on the map of the international performing arts world. Short statements by theatre researchers, readings of plays by young Central European playwrights and a panel discussion. 

Increasingly conscious of its tormented past, the young generation turns bravely to the taboo topics of their parents’, staging the memory of the Holocaust, communist dictatorship, ethnic conflicts, struggles with nationalism. Segregated for centuries by changing political and ideological boundaries, the four countries are today looking together for a common cultural identity which is also able to highlight the incredible diversity of the region. Dáša Čiripová will present the branding of Slovak theatre, Martina Černá will talk about icons shared by current Central European generations explored in the international Czech-Slovak-Austrian project focused on contemporary drama, Joanna Krakowska will discuss how the memory of the Holocaust is elaborated by the contemporary Polish theatre and Attila Szabó will talk about the response of the Hungarian theatre to the commemoration of the 1956 Revolution. The statements will be followed by staged excerpts from  Single Radicals by Michaela Zakutanska (Slovakia),  Poker Face by Petr Kolečko (Czech Republic), The Mayor II by Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk (Poland), and On the Pilon by Márton Kiss (Hungary), directed by Sarah Stites. The event concludes with a roundtable discussion moderated by Frank Hentschker.

Performing Art in Central Europe, Visegrad Countries Focus (PACE.V4) is a continuous project of the Czech Theatre Institute (coordinated by Martina Černá), the Hungarian Theatre Institute and Museum (coordinated by Attila Szabó and Sylvia Huszár), the Polish Institute of A. Mickiewicz (coordinated by Marcin Jakoby and Joanna Klass), and the Slovak Theatre Institute (coordinated by Dáša Čiripová) aiming to present performing arts of the so-called Visegrad Countries, not only by producing performances by selected ensembles from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland, but also by running lecture series, stage readings, small music events and so on. Launched in 2011, the project already has several significant results: an individual showcase at the 2012 Performing Arts Market in Seoul, lectures at the 2013 New York APAP and Under the Radar festival, an international drama workshop in Warsaw with American and Central European young playwrights. Two special issues were published with in-depth analyses of different aspects of the performing arts life in the four countries, an anthology of contemporary Central European plays was published in Korea and a Spanish language anthology is also in preparation.  


This is a joint event of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and PACE.V4





Martin E. Segal Theatre, The CUNY Graduate Center. 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY


Jan 13, 2014 2:00 PM


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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