Soňa Ferancová (1969, Bratislava)

Having studied stage directing at the Academy of Performing Arts under Peter Mikulík, Ms Ferancová graduated in 1993. It was already at the university that she made a mark with her production of the Jean Genet title The Maids that she staged in 1992 as guest director in the studio of the Theatre Faculty at The Janáček Academy of Perming Arts in Brno. As student she participated at the International University Festivals in Moscow and Berlin, and the International Theatre Workshop in Besançon, France.  Between 1994 and 1995 she was staff director at The Ján Palárik Theatre in Trnava. Her productions there were received to great acclaim (J. Mahen: Castaways in the Big Top, 1994; A. P. Chekhov: Three Sisters, 1994). Since 1995 she has been freelance, working with a range of Slovak theatres: The Ján Palárik Theatre in Trnava, The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra, Theatre GUnaGU, Theatre Aréna, Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Slovak National Theatre. Her productions were repeatedly nominated for the DOSKY award. She regularly collaborates with the Slovak Radio and a number of television companies. As director she made feature-length documentary The National about the relocation of the Slovak National Theatre from its historical building to the new venue. Between 2006 and 2010 she was directing the televised magazine Art (Slovak Radio and Television).

Soňa Ferancová’s signature style

Ms Ferancová is member of the middle generation of Slovak female stage directors specialising in drama. Her portfolio includes over twenty productions, many of which were received to high acclaim by critics and the public (W. Shakespeare: Hamlet, 1993; A. P. Chekhov: Three Sisters, 1994; J. Mahen: Castaways in the Big Top, 1994; H. Müller: Quartet, 2001). She has defined views of theatre and a particular sense of original non-classical stage methods (acting and visual stylisation, metaphor) that she applies particularly when staging contemporary drama. She often fundamentally pushes the limits of understanding theatre and the category of dramatic. She is essentially interested in texts that lend space to further interpretation. Hence, she often perceives texts as a master, to be able to further advance the inherent motives. The themes that prevail in her productions tend to accentuate inner human world and the challenges we face (H. Müller: Quartet, 2001; Y. Reza: God of Carnage, 2007; M. von Mayenburg: Fireface, 2010; P. Quilter: Curtain Up!, 2017). As director, Ms Ferancová remains open to all stage genres, though, over the recent years, she tends to reach for comedy.  She also staged plays to which she contributed as author: Soňa Ferancová – Oľga Belešová: A True Story of Oľga B., Woman with Golden Hands, 1998; Soňa Ferancová – Peter Pavlac: Hotline, 2004; Soňa Ferancová – Laci Strike: Romea and Julio, 2013. The key features of her directorial signature style include stylisation of acting, gestures and verbal expression, extensive imagery, visual saturation and precision in visual, musical and lighting elements. She creates production atmosphere by widely applying visual elements.

Ms Ferancová is director with defined aesthetic sense, whose productions bear intellectual depth and thematic complexity.

 

A list of directorial works - productions:

1990 / Theatre Studio of the Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava / Alexander Serafimovich: Name Day in the Nineteenth

1991 / Theatre Studio of the Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava / Boris Vian: The Empire Builders

1992 / JAMU Brno, Theatre Studio of the Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava / Jean Genet: The Maids

1993 / Centre for Experimental Theatre, Brno / William Shakespeare: Hamlet

1994 / Trnava Theatre / Jiří Mahen: Castaways in the Big Top

1994 / Trnava Theatre / Anton Chekhov: Three Sisters

1996 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Johann Nepomuk Nestroy: A Rope with One End

1997 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / VHV: Drifts

1998 / GUnaGU, Bratislava / Soňa Ferancová, Oľga Belešová: A True Story of Oľga B., Woman with Golden Hands

2001 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Heiner Müller: Quartet

2004 / Studio 12, Bratislava / Soňa Ferancová, Peter Pavlac: Hotline

2007 / Theatre Aréna, Bratislava / Yasmina Reza: God of Carnage

2008 / Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava / Iveta Horváthová (Škripková): The Fetishists

2009 / Theatre Aréna, Bratislava / Liz Lochhead: Perfect days

2010 / Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava / Marius von Mayenburg: Fireface

2010 / Theatre Aréna, Bratislava / Terry Johnson: The Graduate

2013 / Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava / Soňa Ferancová, Laci Strike: Romea and Julio

2015 / Theatre Aréna, Bratislava / Pam Valentine: You Are My Heaven on Earth

2016 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Mark Haddon, Simon Stephens: The Curious Incident with the Dog in the Night-Time

2016 / Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ´90, Bratislava / Albert R. Gurney: Sylvia

2016 / Theatre GUnaGU, Bratislava / Viliam Klimáček: They Ran Out of Men (Dáša, Rút & Sisa)

2017 / Theatre Aréna, Bratislava / Peter Quilter: Curtain Up!

2017 / Theatre GUnaGU, Bratislava / Viliam Klimáček: Paradise is Just Eden (A Musical without Music)

2018/ Puppet Theatre at the Crossroads, Banská Bystrica / Václav Havel: Butterfly on the Aerial

2019 / Teatro Wüstenrot, Bratislava / Neil Simon: The Lover

2019 / Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava / Ján Stacho: Foraging in the Wilderness

 

Awards:

2001 / DOSKY for Best Actor of the season to Ady Hajdu in Quartet

2016 / DOSKY for the Discovery of the year for the actor Tomáš Turek in The Curious Incident with the Dog in the Night-Time

 

Foreign languages: English, Russian

Contact: sonaferancova@yahoo.com

 

 

Videos from productions:

PERFECT DAYS, 2009

archive of the Theatre ARENA, Bratislava

 

THE GRADUATE, 2010

archive of the Theatre ARENA, Bratislava

 

FIREFACE, 2010

achive of the Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava

A
A
A