Malá inventura presents the best of new theater

The annual festival has a wide array of offbeat stage productions from 2017

Prague will host the 16th edition of the international new theater festival Malá inventura from Feb. 21 to 28. It will offer more than 30 theater projects, an accompanying program, networking meetings, discussion evenings.

The purpose of the festival is to present the widest range possible of new theater projects that were created during the course of 2017. Much but not all of the program is English-friendly or has no language barrier. Some production has free entry but most require tickets.

The festival starts with the award ceremony for Česká divadelní DNA, which is given out every two years for extraordinary contributions to the new theater. The gala evening is at La Fabrika.

This year's festival will be spread out over a dozen venues in Prague including Studio Hrdinů, DOX, Alfred ve dvoře, MeetFactory. PONEC and the Werich villa. The festival center will again be Studio Alta, where some shows and most networking meetings will take place.

“I was surprised by the unprecedented interest in new theater, especially from the foreign guests. A week in Prague on 12 stages just cannot be resisted. In addition, there are several festival novelties such as Jiří Horzík’s project Horizon 8 or an extraordinary networking meeting with the Berlin Performing Arts Program (PAP) in order to connect with its Prague counterpart. This year's program resonates in all program categories, among which are nominees for the Česká divadelní DNA awards. The chick is exceptionally productive this year!" festival director Adriana Světlíková said in a press release. A newborn chicken has long been the festival logo.

Horizon 8 is a five-part project, counting a prologue and epilogue, based on historical events of the years finishing with the number eight such as 1918 or 1968.

Local group Handa Gote Research & Development will present Die Rache, a crime tale with no language barrier. The performances are based on collective research and make use of noh theater, silent-era acting, and minimalist dance.

Farm in the Cave offers the production Together Forever!, the third part of the Night in the City trilogy. This part focuses on seniors.

Dance-based pieces include Pulsar by Michal Záhora and Cabaret Velázquez by Jan Komárek.

The festival has several sections including New Theater Showcase, which has significant domestic productions, Migratory Birds, which has independent productions not tied to a specific theater, New Blood on the Stage, featuring emerging talent, and foreign productions.

The main organizer of the festival is non-profit organization Nová síť, which celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2018.

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