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The Association Divadelná Nitra was founded in 1997 as a result of a transformation of the Divadelná Nitra Foundation, established in 1995. It is a non-governmental non-profit organization whose name (“Divadelná Nitra”) is identical with the name of its main activity – the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra, founded in 1992.

  • to create, by organizing annually the International Theatre Festival
    Divadelná Nitra, an open space for the promotion of European performing
    arts and for an international discussion on the issues of art, culture and cultural policy
  • to take the initiative in the field of a critical reflection, exchange of information and know-how
  • to contribute to the dissemination of works of art and the mobility of
    experts from the field of performing arts
  • to bring the European performing art and its values closer to the audience
  • to develop the relationship of the audience toward art, mediate the values of art, teach how to perceive and understand the message in the works of art
  • to be a platform of permanent discuss on significant social and political issues interpreted and reflected in dramatic art
Main activities
  • 21 editions of the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra
  • spring Plenary IETM Bratislava 2009 Meeting (main organizer)
  • participation and membership in international projects and networks (IETM – meetings, networking; F.I.T., networking, projects – Festivals in Transition project 2005 – 2006, Mobile Lab for Theatre and Communication project 2007 – 2009)
  • programme of non-formal education (all-year-round projects for secondary school and university students), project for handicapped children and youth
  • international conferences and workshops (education of professionals
    - training in arts management and marketing, seminars for theatre critics, international conferences on various cultural policy topics, e. g. International Conference Culture – Burden or Capital?, 2004; workshops Marketing and Management for Slovak Theatres, 2005 and Theatre
    and Audience – Experience,
    2008; Middentity Theory Event, 2007)
  • international meetings – regular annual and special meetings within international networks (e. g. the EFRP – European Festival Research Project meeting led by Dragan Klaic, 2005; the ENICPA Meeting, 2006).
  • cooperation with theatre institutions and professionals from abroad (theatre institutes, foreign cultural institutes, international festivals, foundations, theatre revues)
  • own projects – international theatre co-productions (Middentity /identify.middle.eu/, 2007; Chance ´89, -  Window of Opportunity, 2009; Donaudrama, 2009; Parallel Lives – 20th Century through the Eyes of Secret Police, development and realisation 2010 – 2014)

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Ján Šimko (1976)

Parallel Lives project curator. He studied psychology and theatre science. He was a co-founder of the Prague-based M.U.T. Theatre – an international association of inter-cultural character with strong focus on theatre, which operated from 1999 to 2005. In 2007 he founded in Bratislava the theatre association Tucet oriented towards authorial theatre. From 2007 – 2009 he worked as dramaturge and Artistic Director of Theatre Institut´s Studio 12 in Bratislava. As a dramaturge he also worked at the Akropolis Palace in Prague (1999 – 2002), at the Prague Theatre Festival of German Language (2002) and since 2007 he has been a member of the dramaturgical board for selecting foreign productions for the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra. Since 2010 he has worked as chief dramaturge for the production of radio plays at the Literary and Dramatic Centre at Radio and Television of Slovakia. He also works as an English to Slovak translator and focuses on theatre theory.
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Martina Vannayová (1977)

Parallel Lives project dramaturge. She studied theatre science and dance theory. From 2002 – 2008 she worked at the Theatre Institute Bratislava as an editor at the Research and Publishing Department. Since 2008 she has worked as a dramaturge for radio plays at the Literary and Dramatic Centre at Radio and Television of Slovakia. As a dramaturge she has worked at various Slovak theatres. She took part in several scholarship programmes, among others the Robert Bosch Foundation programme Cultural Managers from Central and Eastern Europe. Since 2002 she has worked for the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra as a member of the Artistic Board for foreign theatre. She was part of the team preparing the IETM plenary meeting Bratislava 2009. She is co-author of the book Landvermessungen about theatre in Eastern Europe published by the publishing house Theater der Zeit. She translated several plays from German to Slovak.
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Katarína Dudáková (1977)

Parallel Lives project manager. She studied cultural studies and history. From 2001 – 2009 she worked for the Association Divadelná Nitra, where she was in charge of fundraising, international relations and overall coordination of the main program of the festival. She was involved in the organization of several other international festivals (Konfrontace / Confrontations-- International Festival of New Dance in Prague, Czech Republic; the Istropolitana Project in Bratislava and the international festival of Contemporary Dance Bratislava In Movement). She was a coordinator of the preparations for the spring plenary meeting of the International Network for Contemporary Performing IETM Bratislava 2009. She worked as Marketing Director at the Slovak National Theatre (2009 – 2010) and as marketing and project manager of the Archa Theatre in Prague (2010 – 2012). In 2012 she completed a three-year study programme for arts managers at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
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Darina Kárová (1951)

Dramaturge and culture manager, Parallel Lives project guarantor. In 1992 she founded the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra and since then she has been the festival’s Artistic and Managing Director. From 1975 – 1998 she worked as a dramaturge at the Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra. Between 1998 and 2001 she was General Director of the Arts Department at the Slovak Ministry of Culture. As Director of the Association Divadelná Nitra she was the main coordinator of the IETM plenary meeting in Bratislava in 2009. Activities: President of the Association of Theatre Professionals in Slovakia (1991 – 1998); founder and President of the Open Forum Let us Save the Culture (since 1996). From 2004 – 2006 she was co-ordinator of the civic movement The Voice for Culture. Darina Kárová is a holder of the Knight of Arts and Literature Order honour awarded by France, an honorary badge of the Russian Federation and the Nitra City Mayor’s Prize.

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