About the festival
New theatre festival Malá Inventura has been organized since 2002
a showcase of New theatre, cultural networking, selection of the projects of independent productions and emerging artists, creative workshops and discussions
New Theatre showcase - a showcase of the latest New theatre premieres of the last year. We present a recapitulation of significant interdisciplinary projects both to the domestic and foreign professionals that enables to hold up a mirror to their authors. We reflect developments and trends of New theatre in the Czech Republic. In cooperation with home scenes we, as curators, try to compile the program, which then passes through the examination of both the public and theatre critics. This enables us to follow the potentials of the Czech theatre scene and to have a valuable feedback. The showcase is supplemented by several foreign productions. The festival is annually attended by 30 to 50 foreign professionals /directors, script editors, producers, journalists/. Traditionally, 20-30 guests from a range of domestic professionals come around. The objective of the meeting of all involved is also a cost-sharing within the joint program planning and guesting from the festival menu both abroad and in the Czech Republic.
Cultural networking - living networking of organizations, arts groups as well as individual artists - professionals in general. As the coordinators of the cultural network Nová síť we evaluate the outcomes (experience, know-how, contacts) of active networking. The Bazaar of projects called Take his breath away!, presentations or discussions and opportunities to encounter and initiate diverse forms of cooperation are parts of the festival. The festival centre with accompanying interdisciplinary programme is always an integral part of most of these activities.
Independent productions - Migratory Birds - a selection of premiere projects of New theatre that have its origins out of the home festival scenes network. These projects are not tied to space and have their own production facilities.
Emerging artists - New Blood on the Stage - an opportunity to present young artists, thus providing them with exceptional attention and increasing the chances of their successful artistic startup.
Creative workshops - Malá Inventura Festival gives the utmost attention to child spectators as well. In cooperation with the Education Department of the National Gallery in Prague and the Centre for Contemporary Art DOX it offers unusual theatrical - creative - multimedia - workshops. Moreover, the program includes performances for children.
Discussions - regular discussions pursue critical evaluation of the conditions of the Czech New theatre and overall general conditions for the creation, existence and operation of independent theatre projects both in the capital and in the regions of the Czech Republic.
Key partners of the Malá Inventura Festival are the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Prague City Hall, Czech Centres, partners of the cultural network Nová síť and all domestic scenes.
Director: Adriana Světlíková
Curators: Adriana Světlíková, Petr Pola and Dagmar Kantorková
Executive producer: Lucie Šeflová
Coordinators of abroad and the Czech Republic: Fabienne Haber and Lucie Šeflová
Media & communication: Petr Pola
New theatre festival Malá Inventura in Jičín, České Budějovice a Opava
a showcase of New theatre, cultural networking and creative workshops
The regional section of the festival also offers a program composed of the production of New theatre, networking encounters and events revitalizing public space or enriching the local community life. Each of the regional section of the Malá Inventura Festival is realized in cooperation with partnership organizations of the Czech cultural network Nová síť and under its curatorial leadership.
Partners and curators of the regional sections are: Bara Paulátová / České Budějovice / Jan Kunze / Opava /, Jiří Vydra / Jičín /.
Malá Inventura JIČÍN:
Partnership organisation - Valdštejnské imagiárium o.p.s.
Dramaturgy: Jiří Vydra and Nová síť
Malá Inventura ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE
Partnership organisation - Kredance z.s.
Dramaturgy: Barbora Paulátová and Nová síť
Malá Inventura OPAVA
Partnership organisation: Opavská kulturní organizace OKO
Dramaturgy: Jan Kunze and Nová síť
Malá Inventura Praha - small retrospective:
2003 / 2 scenes / Alfred ve dvoře, NOD/ 3 days
2004 / 2 scenes / Alfred ve dvoře, NOD/ 4 days, 4 projects
2005 / 3 scenes / Alfred ve dvoře, NOD, Divadlo Archa/ 5 days
2006 / 6 scenes / Alfred ve dvoře, NOD, Divadlo Archa, Eliade Library within Divadlo Na Zábradlí, Duncan centre, Divadlo NABLÍZKO/ 5 days, 18 projects
2007 / 5 scenes / Alfred ve dvoře, NOD, Divadlo Archa, Duncan centre, Divadlo NABLÍZKO/ 5 days
2008 / 10 scenes / Alfred ve dvoře, NOD, Divadlo Archa, Duncan centre, Divadlo NABLÍZKO, La Fabrika, Bio Oko, Divadlo Minor, Rock Cafe and Czech Museum of Music/ 5 days
2009 / 6 scenes / NOD, Divadlo Archa, Duncan centre, Alfred ve dvoře, Divadlo NABLÍZKO, Studio Alta/ 6 days, 20 projects
2010 / 7 scenes /NOD, Divadlo Archa, Duncan centre, Alfred ve dvoře, NABLÍZKO, Studio Alta, Meetfactory/ 7 days (support - EU CULTURE)
2011 / 7 scenes / NOD, Divadlo Archa, Alfred ve dvoře, Duncan centre, NABLÍZKO, Studio Alta, Meetfactory/ 6 days (support - EU CULTURE)
2012 / 7 scenes / Alfred ve dvoře, NOD, NABLÍZKO, Studio Alta, Meetfactory, Divadlo Ponec, Meetfactory, Nová scéna ND/ 9 days + the Czech Theatre DNA Awards, 23 projects (support - EU CULTURE
2013 / 8 scenes / Divadlo Archa, Alfred ve dvoře, MeetFactory, Studio Hrdinů, Studio ALTA, Divadlo Ponec, Nová scéna ND, NoD/ 7 days (support - EU CULTURE)
2014 / 8 scenes / Divadlo Archa, Alfred ve dvoře, MeetFactory, Studio Hrdinů, Studio ALTA, Divadlo Ponec, La Fabrika, NG – Veletržní palác, Nová scéna ND, NoD / 7 days + the Czech Theatre DNA Awards, 32 projects
2015 / 8 scenes / Divadlo Archa, Alfred ve dvoře, MeetFactory, Studio Hrdinů, Studio ALTA, Divadlo Ponec, Nová scéna ND, NoD, Národní galerie – Veletržní palác / 7 days
2016 / 8 scenes / Divadlo Archa, Alfred ve dvoře, MeetFactory, Studio Hrdinů, Studio ALTA, Divadlo Ponec, NG – Veletržní palác, Venuše ve Švehlovce/ 8 days + the Czech Theatre DNA Awards, 36 events
2017 / 9 scenes/ Divadlo Archa, Alfred ve dvoře, MeetFactory, Studio Hrdinů, Studio ALTA, Divadlo Ponec, NG – Veletržní palác, Venuše ve Švehlovce, Dox, Jatka 78/ 9 days
Malá Inventura Festival 2016
14th year of Malá inventura festival will kick off with a grand gala awards biennial ceremony of Czech Theatrical DNA with awards for outstanding contribution in the field of new theater. Official Awards will take place during gala evening at the Archa theatre on February 22 at 8 p.m.
Malá inventura will again offer the selection of the New Theatre most outstanding performances, experienced matadors of theater world as well as New Blood on the Stage.
This festival year will bring a new section Migratory Birds, offering new distinctive projects, not represented by any of the home scenes but still well worth of your attention!
International section of the festival will present French New Blood with their performance called Cow Love. The unique artistic achievement oscillates between sport, physical and musical performance of vagaries of love, chronic stupidity and pleasures of imperfection in a witty duet full of gags. Highly recommended!
As a bonus, we will present an outstanding performance Give Me 10 Seconds by Nikola Križková /CZ/ and Damiano Ottavio Bigi /IT/ – the result of several months' residence under Nová síť network. The world premiere of surprising cooperation - light design /Petr Prokopič/, production / Amador Artiga/ and music / Michal Reynaud/ - took place in Municipal Theater Varndsdorf.
This year's festival has its living room in Studio Alta, with a visually playfull installation of coffee tables. Jiří Vydra, author of the project CAFÉ THEATROOM, together with eight distinctive set-designers / groups, will set up a mobile café – place of all the festival's networking activities.
As usual, you will find our guest accreditation centre in the Trade Fair Palace.
We are looking forward to seeing you!