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Contemporary Slovak Directors

The project Contemporary Slovak Directors focuses on contemporary theatre directors in Slovakia. It provides artistic and biographical profiles – a virtual catalogue – of present-day Slovak directors that reflects their directorial work on both Slovak and international theatre stages. Comprehensive informative portraits capture the art of the selected directors who currently represent the cutting edge of Slovak active and high-quality theatre and whose work has been shaping contemporary Slovak theatre direction.

The concise profiles of the chosen Slovak directors are not conceived as exclusively biographical material, but rather as an artistic and critical analysis of their work, complemented by relevant audio-visual samples. The encyclopaedic structure of the name entries and the documentary and pictorial material charting the individual productions are a guarantee of a comprehensive overview of the state of contemporary Slovak direction.

The panoramic reflection of the work of Slovak directors comes in the form of a bilingual, representative virtual online catalogue that aims to provide a broader and complete look at contemporary Slovak theatre direction. Using the form of structured entries, the catalogue presents the work of sixteen directors and indicates the basic features of their directorial approach and style. An overview of the activities of Slovak directors in the broadest context possible should result in future collaboration and mobility of artists and theatres of European countries. Creating a portfolio of contemporary Slovak directors will also be an impulse to help open the paths for Slovak artists to find international partners.

The content of the entries, or profiles, includes descriptions of staging methods, characterization of the aesthetics or poetics in each director’s approach, and definitions of the methods used to work with dramatic texts. The entries also reflect each director’s inclination towards certain themes, genres or tandem cooperation with actors, visual artists and musicians. An integral part of each profile is picture and documentary material complementing the description of selected productions. The list of entries will be gradually be extended by more profiles of representatives of contemporary Slovak theatre direction.

 

The structure of a director’s entry/profile:

  1. professional CV
  2. description of his/her art
  3. list of works (year, theatre, author, title)
  4. awards (domestic and international)
  5. photographs from work (productions)
  6. audio-visual samples of work

 

* You can find more details about all artists and creators of individual productions staged at Slovak professional theatres at: www.etheatre.sk. A comprehensive online information database is accessible from www.theatre.sk and represents an electronic information archive of stage productions by professional theatres in Slovakia.


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