V4@Theatre Critics Residency is a creative platform for theatre critics from Central and Eastern Europe up to the age of 35. The project was initiated in 2015 by Association Divadelná Nitra in collaboration with partners from participating countries. Since its inception and with the support of the International Visegrad Fund and Slovak Arts Council, it has steadily grown its base of participants, represented countries and mentors.
The project aims to foster critical reflection on theatre, map new tendencies in contemporary scenic art production, and introduce innovative methods of analysing highly specific and experimental artworks. During the residency, a group of selected theatre critics take active part in the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra, sitting in at programmed festival performances and analysing them at ongoing meetings with residency mentors.
In view of the current pandemic situation, this year, the organisers have decided to organise the residency in two forms:
Residency in Nitra during the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra
The first residency will take place in Nitra during the festival and will be open to young theatre critics up to the age of 35 from the Visegrad countries – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Over 6 days (1 – 6 October 2021), participants will attend analytical seminars under the guidance of respected German critic Stefan Tigges, lectures and mentoring by Darko Lukić, sit in at performances within the festival’s main and accompanying programme, join discussions with artists and meetings with project participants and guests of ITF Divadelná Nitra.
Online residency in November
A virtual residency scheduled for November will be closely related to the festival programme staged in Nitra a month earlier. Theatre critics up to 35 from the Western Balkans, Eastern Partnership countries and Russia will take part in online seminars, lectures and discussions under the guidance of Stefan Tigges and Darko Lukić. Participants will have access to recordings of selected productions from the festival programme, they will be invited to discussions with the productions’ creators and actors, and together will share knowledge about the current state of performative art and changes that occurred during the pandemic.
Participants for the residency in Nitra will receive accommodation and reimbursement of travel costs to Nitra.