Programme 2021



The Nová dráma/New Drama Festival will take place in the fall of 2021!

Due to the current
epidemiological situation we decided to move the date of the festival from May
2021 to October 11-16, 2021. The festival will take place in Bratislava and, if
the situation allows, the main program will present the most interesting
productions of contemporary drama in Slovakia from the last two selection

"Since last year of
festival took place in an alternative form (Nová drama/New Drama - alternative,
October 27 - 28, 2020) without a screening of the competition productions, we
decided to combine this part of the festival so that the audience will be able
to see the nominated productions from two selected period. The selection of the
main program will include productions, the premiere of which took place between
1 February 2020 and 30 June 2021,” says Vladislava Fekete, director of the Theatre
Institute in Bratislava.

The situation, which
is currently subject of prevention against the spread of coronavirus, has
raised several questions that directly affect the direction of the festival.
"We try to think ahead and we want to prepare the program so that it is as
variable as possible and we could possibly move it operatively to the online
space," adds Vladislava Fekete.

The program section
Focus, which is focused on the presentation of theatre and drama of a selected
foreign country, will not take place in 2021.


Nová dráma/New Drama postponed till May 2021

We decided to postpone 16th Nová dráma/New Drama Festival till its
standard date in May 2021 regarding the current situation. During autumn
2020 we are planning to organize two activities under the heading of
Nová dráma/New Drama Festival.


New Visions from Slovak Women

"When I attended Nová Dráma a decade ago, I noted the overwhelming number of women in leadership roles—in 2008, all leaders were women, and in 2009, eleven of the fourteen positions were held by women—but the productions were lacking in parity for women as directors or authors. Ten years later and that landscape has changed: the women are still in the leadership positions but now they are well represented on the artistic side too."

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This presentation takes a close look at Greece’s
contemporary theatre life and examines the impact of the economy on its present
state and future development. It argues that the Depression in Greece may have
caused numerous evils, but it has also provided a rich field for the reflection
and analysis of the relation between art and the events of the day. The
experience of the devastation of the economy and the growing threat of an even
lower quality of life has been slowly producing a new sense of things, people, and
human relations. It is no exaggeration to claim that young theatre people – the
age group hit the hardest by the Depression – are now the most reliable
chroniclers of the depression. They feel that their must-do-job is to keep
theatre central to the public discourse and communal interaction – not as a
commodity, but as a necessary thing, which, needless to say, is not easy to do
for it means to change people’s general attitude towards theatre and towards
life and its “realities.”

Note: during the presentation videos/trailers will be
shown from contemporary Greek productions.




International conference   

Eminent theatre theorists and practitioners have accepted our invitation to the conference: Carl Lavery, professor at the University of Glasgow and author of several books on theatre and ecology; Chantal Bilodeau, author of theatre plays on environmental themes, artistic director of the Arctic Cycle organization and initiator of the Climate Change Theatre Project; Zoe Svendsen from Cambridge University and head of the Metis Arts organization; Krõõt Juurak and Alex Bailey from the Austrian performative group Performances for Pets, among others.


Gianina Cărbunariu - Masterclass

In her masterclass session, Gianina Cărbunariu will
present her view of the particularities of her work as an author. The class
will cover the interconnection of the director’s work with the playwright,
active involvement of the playwright during rehearsals, the role of language on
the stage, and the relationship between reality and fiction. Using examples
from her own work, Cărbunariu will uncover the process in which she creates her
plays, highlighting their main principles. The masterclass will be followed by
a discussion and presentation of a collection of Gianina Cărbunariu’s plays.


Dramaturgy Board Decides on the Competition Programme of the 2019 Nová dráma/New Drama Festival

nominated for the main programme of the 15th Nová dráma/New Drama
festival (ordered alphabetically by production title):

Pollack – Michal Ditte:
The Emperor of America
(directed by: Iveta Ditte Jurčová)
Studio 12, Bratislava and Pôtoň Theatre, Bátovce

Fornayová et al.:
End End
(concept and directed by: Petra Fornayová)

of authors:
Love You and Take Care
(directed by: Veronika Malgot and Lýdia Ondrušová)
NUDE Theatre, Bratislava

Eco – Peter Brajerčík:
(directed by: Júlia Rázusová)
Prešov National Theatre

Dacho, Ján Luterán:
Our Guy
(directed by: Ján Luterán)
ASTORKA Korzo ’90 Theatre, Bratislava

based on the fiction of Joseph Roth:
(directed by: Michal Vajdička)
Drama Department of the Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava

and Boris Strugacky – Ondrej Spišák:
(directed by: Ondrej Spišák)
Teatro Tatro, Nitra

Side Effects
(directed by: Michael Vyskočáni)
City Theatre Žilina

Vodka and Chrome (nurses,
patients, doctors and dissidents)
(directed by: Viliam Klimáček)
GUnaGU, Bratislava

The Reunification of the
Two Koreas
(directed by: Júlia Rázusová)
State Theatre Košice

production nominated for the out-of-competition programme Future Found of the 15th
Nová dráma/New Drama festival:


Søren Aabye Kierkegaard/Mário Drgoňa/Rebeka
Mehlyová: Søren Kierkegaard
(directed by: Silviu
Studio 12, Bratislava


Roland Schimmelpfennig – festival godfather

Roland Schimmelpfennig is known to Slovak theatremakers mostly as an author of dramatic texts using a unique form,
characteristic atmosphere, and distinctive language structure. Schimmelpfennig’s texts such as Arabian Night, Before/After, Woman from the Past, Push Up
, CET (Central European Time),
The Golden Dragon, or Ídomeneus have gradually – ever since the first production staged in Slovakia in 2004 – revealed his dramatic
thinking, development in themes, changes in the language structures.
In his masterclass, the author will consider the importance of the formal structure
and content of his works and introduce to the participants his opinion about
staging contemporary plays, as well as about their place in the repertory of
(European and international) theatres. The masterclass will be followed by a
discussion and presentation of a collection of Schimmelpfennig’s plays.

Host: Prof. Jana


The Focus programme section is focused on the contemporary drama and theatre of Croatia

In this section, HKD Teatar Rijeka will present its
production Aleksandra Zec
directed by Oliver Frljić and Željka Turčinović, president of the Croatian ITI
centre, will hold a lecture on Contemporary Croatian Theatre and Drama.
The Focus section will also include a Theory Event with Darko Lukić and a
presentation of the publication Three Winters (
Tri zime) that will be
personally attended by playwright Tena Štivičić.


Dramaturgy Board Decides on the Competition Programme of the 2018 Nová dráma/New Drama Festival

The 2018 Nová dráma/New Drama festival’s dramaturgy board (Martina Mašlárová, Miroslav Ballay and Marek Godovič) has finalized its selection of productions to be included in the competition programme. The board made its choice out of 69 productions of contemporary dramatic texts staged in professional theatres in Slovakia, which premiered between 1 February 2017 and 31 January 2018. The texts these productions were based on could not be older than twenty years. The dramaturgy board selected 10 competing productions for the festival’s main programme. The 14th festival will present a new feature – the out-of-competition programme section titled Found Future introducing projects by the youngest generation of artists.

Productions nominated for the main programme of the 14th Nová
dráma/New Drama festival (ordered alphabetically by production title):

Jiří Havelka: Elites
(directed by: Jiří Havelka)
Drama Department of the Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava 

Petra Fornayová: The Future Game_Subjective
(concept and directed by: Petra Fornayová) 

M. Forman/J. Papoušek/I. Passer/SKUTR: The Loves
of a Blonde
(directed by: SKUTR)
ASTORKA Korzo ’90 Theatre, Bratislava

Duncan Macmillan: People, Places and Things
(directed by: Marián Amsler)
Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra 

Ivan Vyrypaev: Unbearably Long Embraces
(directed by: Eduard Kudláč)
City Theatre Žilina

Tomáš Procházka: OEDIPUS REX (Mommie Dearest)
(directed by: Tomáš Procházka)
Peter Mankovecký Theatre, Bratislava 

Duncan Macmillan: Lungs
(directed by: Michael Vyskočáni)
OZ per. ART and ASTORKA Korzo ’90 Theatre, Bratislava 

Werner Schwab/Martin Hodoň: Days Slowly Passing
(directed by: Martin Hodoň)
GAFFA oz, Bratislava 

Blaho Uhlár and creative team: Postfactotum
(directed by: Blaho Uhlár)
Stoka Theatre, Bratislava

Eugen Gindl: WOW!
(directed by: Jozef Vlk)
Debris Company, Bratislava

Productions nominated for the
programme section of the 14th Nová dráma/New Drama
festival (ordered alphabetically by production title):

Samuel Chovanec: Be me? Be you.
(directed by: Samuel Chovanec)
Asfd theatre ašttnnkorazd fildj, Bratislava

Alžbeta Vrzgula: Borders_92

(directed by : Alžbeta Vrzgula, Peter Galdík)
Uhol_92, Bratislava 

Matúš Bachynec: Cabaret Normalization, or Prayer
for Marta
(directed by: Matúš Bachynec)
The Drama Department of the Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava 

Marta Poláková – Tomáš Procházka: unLEAN
(directed by: Tomáš Procházka)
Laban’s Studio, Bratislava


Nová dráma / New Drama 2018

May 14 – 19, 2018

At the beginning of the new theater season, we fully launched the preparation for the next year's edition of the festival. The Festival  Dramaturgy Board 2018, composed of Martina Mašlárová, Miroslav Ballay and Marek Godovič, has began to work. The
selection of productions for the competition will be clossed at the end of

In the programme section Focus, we will present the contemporary drama and the theater of Croatia. Just like every year, a rich accompanying program will be part of the next year's festival, and we will keep you informed.


Reflections from guests

Your collaborators and you have created very useful and exciting event. I will cherish it.
Savas Patsalidis, theatrologist, Greece

Thanks so much for the opportunity to meet you and other creative theatre makers from different countries. I hope that some future projects in theatre will bring us together again.
Joshua Sobol, playwright, Israel

I enjoyed every moment. Your hospitality was so generous and collaboration with you was so moving.
Motti Lerner, playwright, Israel

Thank you so much for inviting me for your wonderful festival. I really enjoyed my time in Bratislava, met Jon Fosse and other guests, saw your wonderful plays and the conference gave me a great impression about immersive theatre and new writing.
Nick Yu, playwright, China

Thank you for your kind hospitality and for the whole idea of the Israeli theatre exposure and representation in Bratislava.
Olga Levitan, theatrologist, Israel

I‘ve learned a lot during this year’s edition of the festival and conference. Everything what are you doing for Slovak theatre and for us is truly important. Thank you very much! It’s a long-distance run.
Amelia Kraigher, theatrologist,

I really enjoyed my stay in this beautiful city at the excellent festival.
Beynny Lim, Honk Kong

Thank you very much for inviting me to the Nová dráma/New Drama 2017 Festival as well as for presentations. My special thanks go to a highly professional approach in communication, preparation and realization of our performance. I wish the festival a lot of success in its folowing edition.
Svetozár Sprušanský, director, Slovakia

I must confess that I've been to bigger festivals, but thanks to you this one has become my favourite!
Octavian Saiu, theatrologist, Romania



The Bratislava
Audience Prize

Svetlana Alexijevič – Iveta
Horváthová: War´s Unwomanly Face Slovak
Chamber Theatre, Martin

The Student Jury

Andrej Kalinka: Beauty and Filth (The
Irreplaceability of the Unnameable) Honey and Dust

The Special Prize
of Nová dráma/New Drama 2017

goes to Jakub Rybárik
for the coherence of his resources, the transfomative power of his acting
in Dobro (Andrej
Bagar Theatre in Nitra)

The Special Prize
of Nová dráma/New Drama 2017

goes to Jana Oľhová for displayed
great intensity, inspiring presence and powerful expressiveness in War´s
Unwomanly Face
 (Slovak Chamber Theatre,
Martin) a Fear (Slovak
National Theatre).

PRIX of Nová dráma/New Drama 2017

Svetlana Alexijevič – Iveta
Horváthová: War´s Unwomanly
 Slovak Chamber Theatre,



The conference is addressing the relationship between the new drama of the 21st century and the contemporary theatre from the point of view of performative space. Rather than being a variety of literature adaptable for performance, contemporary drama is more and more a form of performative writing in itself. It often becomes an experience of theatricality enforced from page to stage. The text and the show inhabit a continuous space, and the ultimate horizon of the imaginative experience of the playwright/director is the spectator’s perception of their stage work. This is a new form of immersive theatre, an adventure that redefines an artistic language traditionally divided between playwriting and directing, between textuality and performativity.  How is theatrical space shaped by the aesthetics and the content of new drama? How does the dramaturgical space translate into the performativity of the actual space of what Grotowski called the “encounter between the actor and the spectator”?  How does the spectator’s simple relationship with theatrical space evolve into an immersive exploration of the stage universe? The conference will present papers by eminent international scholars, among others, Benny Lim from the Chinese University in Hong Kong; Manabu Noda from Meiji University in Tokyo; Jarosław Fret – director of the Jerzy Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw; the general secretary of AICT/IAT, Michel Vaïs; Savas Patsalidis from Aristotle University in Athens, who is also the editor-in-chief of the web journal Critical Stages; and the famous playwright and director of a contemporary theatre festival, Yu Rongiun from Shanghai. Slovak theatre criticism will be represented by Dáša Čiripová from the Institute of Theatre and Film Studies of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. The conference will be chaired by Octavian Saiu, Adjunct Secretary General of the AICT/IATC and president of the Romanian Section of the IATC.   In English, simultaneously interpreted into Slovak.   Programme: 11 May 9.00 a.m.–9.15 a.m. Presentation of the participants 9.15 a.m.–9.30 a.m. Introduction by Octavian Saiu 9.30 a.m.–11.00 a.m. Conference 11.00 a.m.–11.30 a.m. Break 11.30 a.m.–2.00 p.m. Conference   12 May 9.00 a.m.–10.30 a.m. Conference 10.30 a.m.–11.00 a.m. Break 11.00 a.m.–12.00 p.m. Conclusion. 


Dramaturgy board decided about the competition programme of the festival Nová dráma/New Drama 2017

nominated for the main programme of the 13th edition of the Nová dráma/New
Drama festival: 

Richter: God is a DJ
Šimon Ferstl)
Peter Mankovecký Theatre (DPM), Bratislava 

Zakuťanská: The Day Gott Died
Júlia Rázusová)
National Theatre of Prešov, Prešov

Kerata: The Good
Svetozár Sprušanský)
Andrej Bagar Theatre, Nitra

Schimmelpfennig: Ídomeneus
Eduard Kudláč)
City Theatre Žilina

Kalinka: Beauty and Ugliness (Irreplaceability of unnameable)
Andrej Kalinka)
Honey and Dust, Bratislava

Procházka: People.Lions.Eagles.Partidges. / scenes of the artistic life
based on APT
Tomáš Procházka) 

Lomnický: Submission
Marián Amsler)
Aréna Theatre, Bratislava

Lomnický: Fear
David Jařab)
Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava

Alexievich – Iveta Horváthová: War´s Unwomanly Face
Marián Pecko)
Slovak Chamber Theatre, Martin


Nová dráma/New Drama 2017

The next edition of the festival will take place between 9 and 13 May 2017. Dramaturgy Board and its members Martina Ulmanová, Elena Knopová and Milo Juráni have already started visiting all performances in order to close the selection by the end of January.
The programme section Focus will look at contemporary theatre and drama in Israel and in cooperation with Slovak Section of AICT we are preparing a conference Contemporary drama and performative space: from play-writing to immersive theatre.

It is a great honour and pleasure to announce the godfather of the 13th edition of Nová dráma/New Drama festival, Norwegian playwright and writer Jon Fosse. We are looking forward to hearing his message he will open the festival with, and his masterclass for theatre professionals and experts. 



The Bratislava Audience Prize
The SkRAT Theatre

The Student Jury Prize

Sláva Daubnerová

The Special Prize of Nová dráma/New Drama 2016
goes to REBEKA POLÁKOVÁ for concentrated acting in the performance Victim of the Aréna Theatre

The GRAND PRIX of Nová dráma/New Drama 2016
The SkRAT Theatre


Focus Bosnia & Herzegovina in Lumiere Cinema

In cooperation with Slovak Film Institute and Association of Slovak Film we offer you during the festival film screening of two films as a part of Focus Bosnia and Herzegovina programme.
On Thursday 12th May spectators can watch a film On the Road directed by Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanić, who was awarded by Golden Bear at Berlinale and Best Film Prize at AFI Film Festival for the film Grbavica.
The following day the festival offers a film An Episode from the Life of an Iron Collector directed by Danis Tanović.


Situation in critical reflection and in contemporary theatre journals

What is the role and the purpose of theatre journals today? What possibilities and communication strategies do editors of artistic periodicals have? Can their marketing potential improve?
On Wednesday 11th May an international colloquium Quo vadis theatre critique and theatre journals will take place in Goethe Institute. Its objective is to use panel discussions and presentation to analyze the essential questions related to the existence of theatre journals today. Invitation to the colloquium has been accepted by guests from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Ukraine.


After the main programme festival atmosphere continues

Nová dráma/New Drama does not end with a closed curtain on the stage. Festival guests and visitors can experience the festival atmosphere and discuss performances every day after the official programme in various places in Bratislava. Opening and closing of the festival will take place at Slovak National Theatre. On Tuesday we continue in informal mood in A4 – Space for Contemporary Culture. ZÓNA Refresher on the 6th floor of Dunaj Shopping Centre welcomes guests on Wednesday and Thursday. We are looking forward to see old faces and to networking with new festival visitors.


Ivan Vyrypajev – festival godfather

Godfather of this year´s edition is Russian playwright and director Ivan Vyrypajev. His masterclass will take place on Monday at 10 in Studio 12. As godfather he will open the festival with a speech where he says: „A good play does not only mean a topical theme, an excellent story and a beautiful text. A good theatre play is primarily a recommendation of a way of existence on the stage and of a system of communicating with the audience.”