The Theatre Institute

The Theatre Institute (est. 1961) is an expert institution with a country-wide scope, which administers the Slovak theatre culture heritage including contemporary dance. The Theatre Institute manages the information system, documentation funds, archive funds and collections, audiovisual and multimedia funds, and collections of gallery and museum value, all connected to theatre productions, significant figures, theatres and independent theatre and dance companies and is the biggest publisher of expert theatre literature in Slovakia. The Institute’s editing plan covers a wide range of publications regarding dance culture. They are accessible at the Information centre PROSPERO – Rudolf von Laban: Life for Dance. Memories, Richard Schechner: Performance: theory, practice, rituals, Eva Gajdošová: Súčasný tanec/Contemporary Dance. Made in Slovakia II. extended edition, Emil Tomáš Bartko: Slovak Dance Theatre Art Forms 1920 – 2010, Miklós Vojtek: Terpsichora Istropolitana. Dance in Pressburg of the 18th Century, Marta Poláková: The Freedom to Explore Dance.

The Theatre Institute collaborates with its partner institutions in Slovakia and abroad, especially with partner institutes and museums in the V4 countries. In international cooperation, the Theatre Institute can take advantage of its membership in international non-governmental organizations ITI, ENCIPA, IETM, SIBMAS and ICOM. An important mission of the Institute is to present Slovak theatre and dance abroad via supporting stands at fairs (Tanzmesse, PQ) as well as international exhibitions ( or hosting performances at festivals (Presentation of Slovak contemporary dance and theatre Slov: motion in Brussels, Rehearsal for Truth in New York, etc.).

The research and presentational project 10 Choreographers of Slovak Contemporary Dance aims to introduce a selection of dance projects reflecting a wide spectrum of original Slovak dance works. Individual profiles are based on an analysis of three productions from different periods of the given choreographer. Online catalogue captures the work of contemporary Slovak choreographers up to year 2019 and presents the diversity of the creative capacity within European context. Within the framework of project The Slovak Artists Abroad Fund, the Theatre Research Centre lays the groundwork for a complex research covering the work of Slovak dance artists abroad.

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