Juraj Nvota (1954, Bratislava)

Having graduated at the Academy of Performing Arts in stage directing in 1976, Mr Nvota debuted in 1977 at the Theatre for Children and Youth in Trnava. He was to spend there further fourteen seasons, staging a number of memorable productions.  In 1982 he embarked on a long journey of close collaboration with the theatre Radošina Naive Theatre. Since 1992 he has been staff director at the theatre ASTORKA Korzo´90 in Bratislava. In addition to these major partnerships, Mr Nvota has collaborated, to great acclaim, with a number of Czech theatres (Studio Ypsilon, Theatre Na zábradlí, City Theatre Brno, Theatre Husa na provázku). He has also directed a number of film and televised productions (Tomato Around the Corner, 1982; The Black Sheep, 1988; Friendships of Fallen Leaves, 1998; Cruel Joys, 2002; Music, 2008; Hostage, 2015). Mr Nvota is also popular film actor (Rose Tinted Dreams, 1976; Simple Pleasures, 1985; Everything I Love, 1992) and a lecturer at the Department of Directing and Dramaturgy at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. Mr Nvota is laureate of a number of awards and prizes for stage and film directing.

Juraj Nvota’s signature style:

Mr Nvota launched his directing career in Trnava, at the Theatre for Children and Youth where he formed a dramaturgical-directorial tandem with Mirka Čibenková. Their dramaturgy focused on plays by lesser-known authors and their own dramatisation of prose. When staging classics, they were on constant quest for new staging solutions. Their early success in this field was brought by the dramatisation of the Mark Twain novel Tom Sawyer (1977), Dumas’ Three Musketeers (1982), Koenigsmark’s dramatisation of Doctor Ox by Jules Verne (1982), or the staging of Čibenková’s own text Charlie (1979) inspired by the life of Charlie Chaplin. It was then that Mr Nvota’s tragi-comic take on humanity became apparent, along with his inclination towards nostalgic-poetic and satirical-farce theatre dominated by (non)heroes, ordinary people and their weaknesses. These characteristics became particularly manifest as he teamed up with Stanislav Štepka. In addition to the triptych As I Entered Myself (1981), How we Were Looking for Each Other (1983), How It Was (1984) at the Trnava theatre, which was later amended with Hotel Europe (1988), the two created a number of, by now cult productions for Radošina Naive Theatre (Women’s Ward, 1987; Caressing, 1992; A Terminal, 1997; Inventory of Predators, 2000 etc.). Juraj Nvota devised an impressive and inimitable stage language for Stanislav Štepka´s stage texts, with particular sense of playfulness, folk naturalness, musicality, and imagery that interlaces word and movement, as well as respect for actor’s individuality. Mr Nvota directed his productions in definite harmony with text, perfectly grasping their tragi-comic nature, laughter through tears.

The productions he directed at ASTORKA Korzo ´90 proved further major success that earned him the status of ASTORKA’s defining director. His works here continue to be based on the common denominator marked by man, his challenges and weaknesses. Characteristically, Mr Nvota approaches them with some detachment, a touch of irony, whilst not shying away from staging plays that address more serious issues (O. von Horváth: Kasimir und Karoline, 1992; R. Sloboda: Armageddon in Grba, 1993; J. Masteroff, J. Kander, F. Ebb: Cabaret, 1994; R. Sloboda: The Stepmother, 1996; T. Bernhard: Eve of Retirement, 2006; W. Shakespeare : Othello, 2007; O. Šulaj: Reeve’s Blood, 2011 just to name a few).

Mr Nvota is beyond doubt an exceptionally inventive and creative director with a sense of playfulness and emphasis on acting creativity. As director he continues to reaffirm his passion for poetic theatre and that of satire, whilst not shying away from being appellative to public conscience.

 

A list of directorial works - productions:

1976 / Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava / Jonáš Záborský, Mirka Čibenková: The Fight

1977 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Mark Twain, Mirka Čibenková: Tom Sawyer

1978 / The Slovak National Uprising Theatre, Martin / Petr Hořký: Princess of Seven Beauties

1978 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / William Shakespeare: The Tempest

1979 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Mirka Čibenková: Charlie

1980 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Alex Koenigsmark: Mysterious Dr. Ox

1980 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Jana Synková: The Little Witch

1981 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Stanislav Štepka: As I Entered Myself

1981 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Mirka Čibenková: An Ordinary Day

1982 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: A Wedding

1982 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

1982 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Yuri Gordin: Hobbit or the Ballad of Famous Bilbo Baggins

1982 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Emil František Burian: Hamlet III

1983 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Mirka Čibenková: From the Fortunes of Good Jaroslav Hašek

1983 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: The Black Sheep

1983 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Stanislav Štepka: How We Were Looking for Each Other

1984 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Stanislav Štepka: How It Was

1984 / Studio S, Bratislava / Jiří Suchý, Stanislav Štepka: The Bride Bartered to Kubo

1984 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Raymond Cousse: How Fat Daddy Cooked

1984 / The Slovak National Uprising Theatre, Martin / Dušan Kovačević: The Gathering Place

1984 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: A B Pavillion

1985 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Bertolt Brecht: A Man ’s A Man

1985 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Mirka Čibenková, Horace McCoy: They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

1985 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: What’s Up

1986 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Ivan Turgenev: Breakfast at the Chief ’s

1986 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: Heaven, Hell, Paradise

1986 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Milan Lasica, Július Satinský: Our Friend René

1987 / Divadlo Slovenského národného povstania / The Slovak National Uprising Theatre, Martin / György Schwajda: The Holy Family

1987 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Martin Porubjak: Sancho Panza Gets Smart

1987 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: Women’s Ward

1987 / The Slovak National Uprising Theatre, Martin / Christopher Hampton: Dangerous Liaisons

1988 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Stanislav Štepka: Hotel Europa

1988 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Mirka Čibenková: The Spooks

1988 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Nikolai Erdman: The Mandate

1988 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: Ship of the World

1989 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / William Shakespeare: Macbeth

1989 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: Rub Out and Write Again

1989 / Studio S, Bratislava / György Schwajda: Help

1990 / The Slovak National Uprising Theatre, Martin / Václav Havel: The Audience

1990 / Trnava Theatre/ Woody Allen: Play It Again, Sam!

1990 / Trnava Theatre / Dušan Kovačević: The Professional

1990 / Trnava Theatre / Václav Havel: Protest

1991 / Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava / Lev Birinski: The Dance of Fools

1991 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka, Milan Lasica, Július Satinský: Where Do We Get That

1991 / Trnava Theatre / Sławomir Mrożek: Summer Day

1991 / Trnava Theatre / Woody Allen: ... and Side Effects

1991 / Trnava Theatre / Daniel Luther: Christmas Plays

1992 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: Caressing

1992 / Trnava Theatre / Václav Venclík: Daddy, We Can Afford It

1992 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Ödön von Horváth: Kasimir und Karoline

1992 / Trnava Theatre / Daniel Luther: Christmas Plays

1992 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: Cannoneers on the Moon

1993 / Trnava Theatre / Jozef Lenhart: Amoriade or the Slovak Decameron

1993 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Rudolf Sloboda: Armageddon in Grba

1993 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: The Grand Hotel

1993 / Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava / Woody Allen, Jürgen Fischer: A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy

1994 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Joe Masteroff: Cabaret

1994 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: Christmas Eve in Theatre

1995 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: The Mole

1996 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Rudolf Sloboda: The Stepmother

1996 / Trnava Theatre / Sean O ´Casey: Bedtime Story

1996 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Jan Antonín Pitínský: Mother

1997 / Theatre a.ha, Bratislava / Sławomir Mrożek: Summer Day

1997 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: A Terminal

1998 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Jean Paul Daumas: The Elephants Graveyard

1998 / Trnava Theatre/ Daniel Soulier: About (After) Love

1998 / Studio Ypsilon, Prague / György Schwajda: The Holy Family

1998 / Studio Ypsilon, Prague / Woody Allen: Death

1999 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Ödön von Horváth: Tales from the Vienna Woods

1999 / Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava / Ferenc Molnár: Liliom

1999 / Studio Ypsilon, Prague / Jean-Claude Grumberg: Window (Tomorrow from Any Window)

2000 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: Inventory of Predators

2000 / Studio Ypsilon, Prague / Kobo Abe: Friends

2001 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Thomas Stearns Eliot: Cocktail Party

2001 / Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava / William Shakespeare: The Winter’s Tale

2001 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: Instructions for use

2002 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Jon Fosse: Dream of Autumn

2003 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: Chronicle of a Comedian

2003 / Theatre Na zábradlí, Prague / Thomas Bernhard: Heroes Square

2003 / Studio Ypsilon, Prague / Hermann Ungar: Die Gartenlaube

2003 / Theatre Na zábradlí, Prague / David Greig: The Cosmonaut’s Last Message

2004 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Dea Loher: Klara’s Relationships

2004 / Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava / Mišo Kováč-Adamov, Daniel Pastirčák: A Play about St. Dorothea

2005 / Studio L+S, Bratislava / Jakub Nvota, Kamil Žiška: Piano Revue

2005 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Ferdinand Peroutka: If I Was Born Again

2005 / Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava / Urs Widmer: Top dogs

2006 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Thomas Bernhard: Eve of Retirement

2006 / Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava / Vítězslav Nezval: Manon Lescaut

2006 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: Seven Deadly Sins

2007 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / William Shakespeare: Othello

2007 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: Great Illusions

2007 / Theatre Na zábradlí, Prague / Milan Uhde: Miracle in the Black House

2008 / Studio L+S, Bratislava / Samuel Benchetrit: Minus Two

2008 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: Some Like It Slovak

2008 / The Bolek Polívka Theatre, Brno / Samuel Benchetrit: Minus Two

2008 / Theatre Na zábradlí, Prague / Jean-Luc Lagarce: We, The Heroes

2009 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: The Best of RND II

2009 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Marek Maďarič: The Wandering Heart

2009 / lights above rails / svetlá nad rampami, Bratislava / Neil Simon: The Prisoner of Second Avenue

2010 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Johann Wolgang Goethe: Stella

2010 / Theatre Nová scéna, Bratislava / William Shakespeare: The Winter´s Tale

2010 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: I Don’t Take Any Sugar

2010 / Theatre Na zábradlí, Prague / David Gieselmann, Klaus Schumacher: Louis und Louisa

2011 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Ondrej Šulaj: Reeve’s Blood

2011 / Studio L+S, Bratislava / György Spiró: Dust

2012 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: The Happy Endings

2012 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: Partly Cloudy

2012 / City Theatre Brno/ Miloš Štědroň, Leoš Kuba, Milan Uhde: Wild Bára

2013 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: Jááánošííík After Three Hundred Years

2013 / Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava / William Shakespeare: Much Adoo About Nothing

2013 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Justine del Corte: The Comet

2014 / Studio L+S, Bratislava / Milan Lasica: Letters to Emil

2015 / Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava / Franz Lehár, Ludvig Herzer, Fritz Beda-Löhner: The Land of Smiles

2015 / Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava / Ján Palárik: Reconciliation or Adventure at Harvest Time

2015 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: Mixed Doubles

2015 / Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava / Hanoch Levin: Krum

2016 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: Caressing 2

2016 / Centre for Experimental Theatre, Brno / Milan Uhde: Where Is My Shakespeare? He’s Coming... Part One: Monkeys in the Menagerie

2016 / Študio L+S, Bratislava / Ger Thijs: Oude meesters

2017 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Pavel Vilikovský: Fleeting Snow

2017 / SĽUK, Bratislava / Juraj Hamar: Genezis

2017 / City Theatre Brno/ Karel Cón, Milan Uhde, Miloš Štedroň: Viki Follows His Fortune

2018 / Studio L+S, Bratislava / Pål Mangor Kvammen,Torfinn Nag, Jon Arne Sægrov, Per Inge Torkelsen: Old Ladies

2018 / State Theatre  Košice / Wolfang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo da Ponte: Don Giovanni

2019 / Centre for Experimental Theatre, Brno / Milan Uhde: Maria’s Choice

2019 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Thomas Vinterberg, Mohen Rukov: The Comune

2019 / Radošina Naive Theatre, Bratislava / Stanislav Štepka: Men’s Ward

 

Awards:

1978 / Festival Theatre Youth, České Budějovice, Award for Best Director, Tom Sawyer

1993 / Annual Award of the Slovak Literature Fund for Best Director, Kasimir und Karoline (Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, 1992)

2003 / Igric for Best Director, film Kruté radosti

2006 / Annual Award of the Slovak Literature Fund for Best Director, Eve of Retirement (Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, 2006)

2006 / Grand Prix of the 2006 Nová drama / New Drama Festival, Eve of Retirement (Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, 2006)

2008 / Igric prize for the film Muzika

2008 / Sun in the Net Prize for the film Muzika

2011 / Annual Award of the Slovak Literature Fund for Best Director, Farmer's blood based on the prose by Rudolf Sloboda (Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, 2011)

 

Foreign languages: English, Russian

Contact: jurajnvota@gmail.com

 

 

Videos from productions:

ARMAGEDDON IN GRBA, 1993

archive of the ASTORKA Korzo ’90 Theatre, Bratislava

 

REEVE’S BLOOD, 2011

archive of the ASTORKA Korzo ’90 Theatre, Bratislava

 

RECONCILIATION OR ADVENTURE AT HARVEST TIME, 2015

archive of the Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava

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