Invitation for international participative and participatory conference OVER THE EDGE / ZA HRANOU

When have you found yourself “over the edge” in your art? Come and discuss your experiences with Czech and foreign artists and programmers at a conference in Olomouc!

The Arts and Theatre Institute has the pleasure to invite you to participate in the international participative & participatory conference ZA HRANOU / OVER THE EDGE RISK: FEAR AND COURAGE IN (THEATRE) CREATION, organized as part of the “Create to Connect” project and in cooperation with Palacký University’s Department of Theatre and Film Studies, the “Divadelní Flóra” festival, and the Na Cucky Theatre. The conference will discuss various aspects of the social and political impact of theatre, with a special focus on participatory projects. Topics discussed include personal motivation, forms of artistic expression, and the relationship between founding agencies/donors and the public. The conference will take place 13 and 14 May 2017 in Olomouc. 

Motto: We recognize the need for the arts and culture sector to respond to the current crisis, in particular to neuralgic points such as the public’s lack of interest in the public sphere, low levels of participation in discussions of public matters, and a diminishing sense of community. Thanks to its direct interaction with audiences, contemporary performing art in particular has the potential to create new communities and to provide the conditions in which we can search for new alternatives, listen to those who do not have a venue for expressing themselves, or provide the opportunity to participate in public matters. (Create to Connect).

The conference will be attended by Czech artists, theatre-makers and theatre experts; by international guests (artists, cultural managers and programming directors from France, the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK); and by students of various theatre disciplines from Olomouc, Brno, Prague and Bratislava. The format of the conference is both participative and participatory. On the PARTICIPATIVE DAY (day 1) the audience has the unique opportunity to attend round-table discussions where they can meet and talk with outstanding guests from the Czech Republic and Europe. On the PARTICIPATORY DAY (day 2), panel discussions featuring selected artists will reflect on social contexts in art and on some of the questions covered during the previous day’s round tables.

The conference language is English. Interpreters are not provided. The second conference day will be streamed online.


1. PARTICIPATIVE DAY (13 May 9:30am – 2:30 pm) Future site of the Na Cucky Theatre, Dolní náměstí 42, Olomouc

9:30-10:20 welcome, introductory keynote (Martina Pecková Černá, Arts and Theatre Institute, Prague), intervention (Jan Žůrek, Na Cucky Theatre, Olomouc)

10:30-11:45 discussion – moderated round tables (moderators: Joost Ramaer, Netherlands; Roman Černík, Czech Republic; Eva Kyselová, Czech Republic/Slovakia; Martina Pecková Černá, Czech Republic; Martin Bernátek, Czech Republic; Una Bauer, Croatia; Livia Andrea Piazza, Italy; Bojan Djordjev, Serbia)


12:15-13:30 summary of each round table

13:30-14:30 moderated discussion (moderators: Joost Ramaer, independent journalist, Netherlands, and Martin Bernátek, Department of Theatre and Film Studies, Palacký University, Olomouc)

Participating in the round tables: Ricardo Fazzi (Italy), Amy Sharrocks (UK), Markus Öhrn (Sweden/German), Ivana Rumanová (Slovakia), Lana Zdravković & Nenad Jelesiević (Slovenia), Tereza Havlíčková (Czech Republic) & André Amálio (Portugal), Jan Žůrek (Czech Republic), Lukáš Brychta (Czech Republic), Jiří Havelka (Czech Republic), Petr Michálek (Czech Republic), Kamila Polívková (Czech Republic), Jan Tošovský (Czech Republic), Jiří Honzírek (Czech Republic), Ewan McLaren (Czech Republic), Jana Svobodová (Czech Republic), Tereza Durdilová (Czech Republic), Jan Mocek (Czech Republic), and representatives of Create to Connect’s partners: Nevenka Koprivšek, Alma R. Selimović, Maja Vižin, Tamara Bračič Vidmar (Bunker, Slovenia); Mark Deputter (Maria Matos Teatro Municipal, Portugal); Rarita Zbranca, Emese Apai, Emilie Zbranca, Petro Ionescu, Raul Coldea (AltArt Foundation, Romania); Frederic Mazelly (Parc et Grande Halle de la Villette, France); Nicky Childs, Cath Harrison, Ania Oblowicz (Artsadmin, United Kingdom); Eva Neklyaeva, Roberto Naccari (Santarcangelo dei Teatri, Italy); Mark Yeoman, Mark Hospers (Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen, Netherlands); Ellen Walraven (Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Netherlands); Siniša Ilić (Walking Theory, Serbia)

2. PARTICIPATORY DAY (14 May 9:30am – 2:30pm) Art Centre, Palacký University, Univerzitní 3, Olomouc, cinema (3rd floor)

9:30 keynote (Alma R. Selimović, Bunker, Ljubljana)

10-11:15 panel discussion with artists from the Czech Republic and Europe


13:00-14:15 panel discussion with artists from the Czech Republic and Europe

(moderators: Joost Ramaer, Netherlands; Roman Černík, Czech Republic; Martin Bernátek, Czech Republic; Pavel Štorek, Czech Republic; Una Bauer, Croatia; Bojan Djordjev, Serbia)

Participating in the panel discussions: Ricardo Fazzi (Italy), Amy Sharrocks (UK), Markus Öhrn (Sweden/Germany), Ivana Rumanová (Slovakia), Lana Zdravković & Nenad Jelesiević (Slovenia), Tereza Havlíčková (Czech Republic) & André Amálio (Portugal), Lukáš Brychta (Czech Republic), Jiří Havelka (Czech Republic), Petr Michálek (Czech Republic), Jan Tošovský (Czech Republic)

14:15-14:45 discussion and final summary

Contact: Martina Pecková Černá (


Olomouc is located in the heart of the Haná region. It has been one of the most important Czech cities from of old. Palacký University, the oldest in Moravia and second oldest in the Czech Republic, was founded in 1573. The university plays a very important role in the life of the town: With over 25,200 students, Olomouc has the highest density of university students in Central Europe. It is a centre of Baroque architecture, music life and an inspiring independent theatre scene. 

Create to Connect  is a joint effort of 13 European cultural and research organizations to create powerful and long-lasting connections of artists, cultural operators, researchers and audience. The partners’ organizations have made commitment to several years researching and finding new approaches to educate the audience as well as the production models that will engage the audience in new innovative ways and trying to create new public arenas together with the audience, whether it be physically, through dialogue or participation.


Flora Theatre Festival (Divadelní Flora) is a well-established festival of contemporary theatre and dance production of prominent Czech and foreign ensembles with rich off programme (concerts, workshops, discussions, lectures, film screenings). Within its 20-year-long tradition it has shaped into a fully respected Central-European festival which helps connect the regional cultural activities with international scene and makes Olomouc a cultural crossroad in the heart of Europe. The main programme of the 21st edition of the festival has a motto “Fluid Europe”. It will present productions of different genres which accentuate the cultural, demographic and social changes of the “old continent” accelerated by the migration pressure and the natural and long-acting globalisation and multicultural tendencies. The different genres, titles and nationalities involved in the productions reflect the variability of today's theatre and dance scene and expose the current topic of communication and multicultural co-operation which are implicit prerequisites for full-fledged co-existence of people from various cultural and religious backgrounds. 


Divadlo na cucky 

The Na Cucky Theatre is an independent theatre group which has managed its own stage since 2013. With its works ranging between theatre and dance, the group always tries to capture purely contemporary aesthetics and reflect the current cultural and social trends. The ensemble is formed by professional artists not only from theatre sphere but also other creative fields (animation, architecture, film, graphics, music, etc). The dramaturgy of the space is also formed by Czech and foreign theatre and dance productions, workshops, Na cucky Studio, leisure activities and W7 Gallery events. The theatre manages a theatre hall, foyer, a fresco hall and facilities suitable for artist-in-residence programs. The activities of the Na Cucky Theatre are backed by the public benefit organization DW7 which is also the main organizer of the international Flora Theatre Festival – an international theatre festival with a long tradition. This spring, Olomouc will host its 20th edition. A regular part of the festival is also its rich off programme – concerts, screenings, workshops, discussions or exhibitions. The festival mainly focuses on theatre and dance from the Czech Republic and abroad.


The Department of Theatre and Film Studies and the Art Centre of Palacký University

The basis for the theatre and film studies are subjects focused on history and theory of film and theatre. However, greater attention is paid to TV and radio as they are media with an essential cultural importance. The Baroque building of the former Jesuit College is one of the oldest parts of the university in Olomouc. Five fine art departments of the Philosophical Faculty and Faculty of Education have thus gained new lecture halls, fine art studios, recording studios, representative conference halls for international venues, and rooms for its students and teachers. 


Create to Connect 13.-14.5.2017

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Published date: May 24, 2017


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