The Theater and Criticism in Romania and Hungary

The Theater and Criticism in Romania and Hungary

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November 24, 2013

Center for Urban History, Lviv

The discussion focused on the distinctive developments in the world of theater in these two countries. Attendees worked together with the speakers to define the state contemporary theater finds itself in, who influences its organization, how the theater reaches its viewers, and who supports this connection. Vital to this discussion was the role of the theater critic, who serves as a type of intermediary between the theater and its audience.

Moderator - Viktor Sobianskyi, Kyiv.


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Iulia Popovici

is a critic and dramatic arts curator with a Master’s Degree in dramaturgy from the Bucharest National University of Theater and Film, and a Bachelor’s Degree in literature from the University of Bucharest. She has worked as an editor at a weekly Bucharest cultural magazine the "Observator Cultural". She is the author of numerous texts on alternative dramaturgy, collective theater and artists which have been published both in Romania (ManInFest, IDEA, Scena.ro, Observatorcultural, Long April) and abroad, (UBU, France; Szinház, Hungary; Dialogand Teatr, Poland). Since 2011 she was worked as the co-curator of the Independent Platform of Dramaturgy conducted during the Temps d’Images Festival in Cluj. In 2013 she curated a pilot project of independent and experimental dramaturgy in Bucharest. She is the author of the book "Roadside Theater", 2008, (Rom., Un teatru la marginea drumului) about the Romanian alternative collective drama theater dramAcum.

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Tamás Jászayis

is a theater critic, editor, instructor, and freelance journalist. Since 2009 he has served as the co-chair of the Association of Hungarian Theater Critics. He has worked as an editor and critic at the prominent Hungarian criticism website Revizor (www.revizoronline.com). He is a member of the international editorial board of the Czech theatrical journal "Svet a Divadlo" (World and Theater). His doctoral dissertation was written on the internationally acclaimed Hungarian Theater Group "Krétakör" (Chalk Circle), with emphasis on the community work of Árpád Schilling and his colleagues. Between 2009 and 2013 he taught theatrical theory, performance analysis, and the history of theater at the Theatrical Department of the University of Kaposvár. He was a curator at the 2013 Hungarian Showcase. He has written theater criticism largely in Hungarian publications and occasionally in foreign journals for more than a decade. He was born in and studied in Szeged and currently resides in Szeged and Budapest.