Cultural Directory of Slovakia - Theatre

Launched in 1996, the Dosky Theatre Awards are presented annually at the International theatre festival Divadelná Nitra and represent a vote on the best creative acts of the past season in the area of professional theatre in Slovakia – drama, opera, musical, puppet theatre, ballet and contemporary dance.
Alexander Duchnovič Theatre in Prešov is a professional, cultural and artistic theatre establishment. Its basic mission is to form conditions for the creation and public dissemination of theatrical works with a special focus on the development of the cultural life of Ruthenians living in the territory of the Slovak Republic.
Bratislava Puppet Theatre was established in 1957 as the State Puppet Theatre and was the third professional puppet theatre to be established in Slovakia after the theatres in Žilina and Nitra.
Ifjú Szivek Dance Theatre was established in 1955 and is a professional state funded Dance Theatre. The ensemble collects, archives and performs traditional dance and music from the Carpathian region, including those of the Hungarian, Slovak, Romanian and Roma cultures. While focusing on the Hungarian heritage, the ensemble also collects performs the vibrant dances and music of all these different nationalities.
Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theatre in Zvolen was originally founded in 1949 as part of the Central Slovak Theatre in Banská Bystrica, which initially comprised both drama and music theatre/opera ensembles. The company was subsequently renamed as the Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theatre.
Originally established in 1952 as the Hungarian Provincial Theatre, Jókai Theatre Komárno is a professional theatre company which performs in the Hungarian language. Since the theatre plays especially for citizens of Hungarian nationality living in Slovakia, its repertoire consists of plays or dramatisations of novels by Hungarian authors.
Jonáš Záborsky Theatre in Prešov, situated close to Matica slovenská, was founded shortly after the demise of the Slovenské ľudové divadlo (Slovak Folk Theatre) in 1941 under the name Slovak Theatre in Prešov.
Established by Bratislava Municipal Government in 1971, LUDUS Theatre is the only professional drama theatre for children and youth in Bratislava.
Nova Scena (New Stage) Theatre began life as a second theatre in Bratislava after extensive debate (especially in the press) about the need to supplement the work of the Slovak National Theatre (SND) by providing a platform for new theatre genres, forms and styles.
The Puppet theatre at the Crossroads (BDNR) in Banská Bystrica is professional and artistic establishment. The Theatre creates and in publicly performs theatre's creations. The settler of the theatre is Majors Regional Unit – Banskobystrický municipality. The Theatre has risen in Banská Bystrica in the year 1960 and more than 40 years successfully performs in the field of theatre creation for children and young people and adults in Slovakia.The theatre concentrates on following program spheres:
The Slovak Chamber Theatre in Martin was established in 1944 as the second professional theatre company in Slovakia. The theatre opened thanks to the initiative of people like Ján Marták, magazine editor Ivan Turzo, Jozef Cíger-Hronský, Rapoš Gabriel and actor and director Andrei Bagar.
Spiš Regional Theatre is a theatre with over 40 years of history, embracing many of Slovakia's greatest theatre actors, directors, music composers and performing artists. Operating under its present name, since 1982, it is based at the Reduta building but also tyours its work around the country, focusing on theatre for children and youth.
Thalia Theatre was founded in 1969 as a branch of the Hungarian Regional Theatre in Komárno. It had a separate artistic leadership, however it shared management and administration with Hungarian Regional Theatre. The creation of a separate stage in Košice was motivated by the effort to make available the professional performing arts to the citizens of Hungarian nationality living in eastern and central Slovakia, which required the establishment of a nationwide touring theatre.
This popular theatre venue, a former church building situated on the Petržalka bank of the River Danube, offers drama, movement arts and theatre for children.
Theatre Astorka Korzo´90 aims to follow in the footsteps of Bratislava’s Divadlo na Korze Theatre, which was closed in the hard-line crackdown following the Soviet invasion of 1968. Divadlo na Korze Theatre was known for its groundbreaking choice of plays and directorial attitudes to modern world classics.
In May 1992 the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic founded with its decree the ROMATHAN Theatre in Košice.
Founded in 1950, Puppet Theatre Žilina is the oldest professional puppet theatre in Slovakia. It is a repertoire theatre with a permanent ensemble. During its existence it has premiered more than 200 productions on its stage, has given performances in four continents of the world (America, Asia, Africa, Europe) in more than 30 countries, and, on domestic and foreign stages, has given in excess of 12,000 performances seen by more than 2,500.000 spectators.
The Theatre Institute Archives collects and scientifically and technically processes archive documents on the theatre culture and theatre life in Slovakia and makes them available.
Originating in 1953, the Theatre and Film Cabinet SAS in its present incarnation was established in 1990. It undertakes research into the theory and history of the theatre, film, radio and television arts and sciences, collaborating with both domestic and foreign institutes and universities working in these areas.
The Faculty of Theatre offers three-year BA, two-year MA and three-year ArtD programmes in Acting, Directing and Dramaturgy (including theatre management), Stage and Costume Design, Puppetry and Theatre Theory, preparing students in every aspect of professional theatre and equipping them with a broad foundation on which to build their careers.
The objectives of ITI are: (i) to promote international exchange of knowledge and practice in the domain of the performing arts; (ii) to stimulate creation and increase co-operation among theatre people; (iii) to increase public awareness of the need to take artistic creation into consideration in the domain of development; (iv) to deepen mutual understanding and contribute to the consolidation of peace and friendship between peoples; (v) to join in the defence of the ideals and aims of UNESCO; and (vi) to combat all forms of racism or social and political discrimination.
The current home of the State Theatre of Košice dates from 1899. The work of architect Adolf Lang, the Neo-Baroque main building (Historická budova) ranks as one of the most beautiful theatres in Europe. The interior of theatre is richly decorated with plaster ornaments and the stage is lyre-shaped.
The city of Trnava has a long and rich theatrical tradition; already at the beginning of the 17th century it was one of the most important centres of Jesuit theatre in the Kingdom of Hungary. The building itself was constructed in the 1840s and over the years has launched various professional and amateur Slovak ensembles.
Established in 1959, Puppet Theatre Košice was the fourth professional puppet company in Slovakia. Originally accommodated on Roosevelt street, it was relocated in 2000 to its own building on Alžbetina street.Since its inception the company has produced more than 170 stage plays and today it is still the only professional puppet theatre in eastern Slovakia. Over the decades its audience has grown to more than one and half million, some of whom are now grandparents who attend with their grandchildren.
The home of Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theatre, Zvolen was opened in 1994 and features full disabled access and facilities. The stage is modern and the hall itself has a capacity of up to 334 seats. The Theatre has also a smaller 90-seat studio designed for chamber plays and smaller projects.
Attractive Theatre Days is four-day annual international festival of theatre, which also showcases other forms of alternative art.
This annual theatre festival of the V4 countries was founded in 1999 by Nitra Old Theatre and focuses particularly on puppet and alternative theatre.
Divadlo v medzičase (Theatre in Midtime) is a quarterly review of current Slovak and world theatre. The ambition of the team is to capture all major manifestations of Slovak theatrical life, with particular emphasis on the international context. Divadlo v medzičase has a network of foreign reporters, so that readers can also learn about about Czech, Hungarian and Austrian theatre.
Košice State Theatre is a cultural and artistic institution. The artistic sections of the theatre are:(i) Drama - Košice State Theatre
Pôtoň Theatre is an independent professional association which, apart from its main programme of theatre productions and happenings, also produces educational projects for different target groups in the artistic scene. The theatre co-operates with numerous cultural organisations, both in Slovakia and abroad.
P.A.T. Theatre - platform for contemporary theatre and performing arts - was founded in 2006 as an independent platform for contemporary theatre, dance and new media.
The documentary collections consist of the written, printed and photographic documentation of the professional Slovak theatre activities. The most extensive part of the documentation is being built by the production collection, which gathers all materials about Slovak professional theatre performances since 1920. Other documentation parts are built by the special subject entries (catchwords) collections, programme bulletin collections, slide and negative collections, drama text and audio visual collections.