V4@Theatre Critics Residency is a creative platform for theatre critics up to the age of 35 coming from the countries of Central and
Eastern Europe. The project was created in 2015 by Association Divadelná Nitra, in collaboration with partners from participating countries. Over the years, it has expanded its number of participants, represented countries and lectors, with the support of the International Visegrad Fund and the Slovak Arts Council. Its aim is to develop critical reflection on theatre, to map new tendencies in contemporary production in the field of scenic arts and to introduce analytical methods that serve reflection on often highly specific and experimental artworks. During their residency, a group of selected theatre critics take active part at the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra. They attend performances in the festival programme and produce analyses at ongoing meetings with residency lectors. From the very beginning, their residency takes place under the guidance of respected foreign theatre scholars and theatre critics Patrice Pavis (2015‑2018), Thomas Irmer (2017, 2018, 2019) and Stefan Tigges (2019), who facilitated this intercultural dialogue on contemporary art.
The project V4@Theatre Critics Residency serves an educational function, but it is also a platform for international cultural exchange and the exchange of information about current developments in the field of scenic arts in the Central and Eastern European region. At the end of their stay, we plan to organize meeting with participants from other educational programmes organised by Association Divadelná Nitra at a collective reflection on the staged productions, at which they will also present the contexts of artistic production in their home countries.
By combining analytical seminars reflecting on the main festival programme with the critics’ active participation at meetings with artists, the project offers fertile soil for open discussion, whose ambition is to transcend the context of the festival and tie into the broader socio‑political framework.
Over its five successful, the project has seen more than 60 participants.
At this year’s festival, former and current residency participants will once again meet representatives of partner institutions and other colleagues from the field of theatre criticism. Besides developing the professional skills of young critics, we intend the mini‑programme V4@Networking&Reminiscences to promote collaboration among critics, professional journals and festivals in Central and Eastern Europe and so to stimulate theatre criticism in the broader context.
Main organiser: Divadelná Nitra Association