Theater and Criticism in Poland and the Czech Republic

Theater and Criticism in Poland and the Czech Republic

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November 23, 2013

Center for Urban History, Lviv

One of the most discussed questions on the contemporary theater scene is the place of criticism in the theatrical process. Each region and state’s experience is unique, yet the necessity of theatrical criticism – its role in the theater – remains an open question to the present day. Our two participants led the discussion outlining the theatrical process, the particularities of the development of contemporary directors and dramaturges, and the part that theatrical criticism plays in all this. The core activities of theater companies will assist in understanding the relevance of the experiences of both regions: what interests modern Poland and what is needed in the modern Czech Republic.

Moderator – Nadia Sokolenko, Kyiv.


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Witold Mrozek

is a theater critic and columnist. He studied at the Interdisciplinary Program in the Humanities and Social Sciences at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. He is a reviewer at the Gazeta Wyborcza, having previously written for the Przekrój weekly, and is on the Krytyka Polityczna staff. He also collaborates with the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw. He has published variously at Kino, Teatr, Dwótygodnik.com, Ha!art, and Didaskalia. He examines the relationship between theater and politics, and is interested in new readings in the history of the Polish Left over the last 70 years. He edited the volume New Dance. A Revolution of the Body (2013).

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Martina Černá

is a theater researcher, translator, and cultural manager. Since 2010 she has chaired the Department of International Cooperation and External Relations at the Prague Arts and Theater Institute. She graduated from the Dramatic Arts Department of the Prague University faculty of Philosophy and Art. She works in contemporary drama, primarily in the areas of German and Spanish-language theater and contemporary Czech Performing Arts. She serves as the Secretary of the Czech Center for OISTAT (International Organization of Scenographers, Theater Architects, and Technicians).