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Trans-Forum – Theatre Criticism around the World #6: Slovakia

Wednesday 12 April 2023,
12.00 in the afternoon (GMT) or 20.00 (JST)

Close Encounters of the Weird Kind /Are Slovaks “Extratheatrestrials”?

What is Trans-Forum?

This online forum organised by the AICT/IATC Japanese section aims to initiate a vigorous discussion about theatre criticism with global members to enhance our international partnership. In so doing, we would like to seek what we, theatre critics, can do for theatres that have continued to experience a challenging time since the pandemic began. every two months, we invite a guest speaker nominated among our international members to share the current climate of theatre criticism in their country. Two discussants from the Japanese section also accompany the online symposium.

Guest Speaker

ZUZANA ULIČIANSKA – Theatre critic, manager and author of a few radio plays. She used to work as Head of the Culture Desk at Košice Town Hall, she has also taught management at the Theatre Department of the Academy of Performing Arts in Slovakia where she shortly served as a vice-dean for the international relations. Between 2004 – 2016 she was a staff writer for the main national daily SME, mainly covering the arts and theatre. Between 2016 – 2021 she works as the Head of the Department at the Theatre Institute Bratislava. She is a co-initiator of the prestigious „DOSKY“ Theatre Award which she has been organising since 1996. She chaired the Slovak Section of the International Association of Theatre Critics (SC AICT) for more than 16 years, and since 2018 she has been a member of the AICT/IATC EXCOM. Currently, she works for the Creative centre of the Faculty of the Architecture and Design in Bratislava.


Distant theatre next door – such was the title of an article by a Polish critic written about the festival of independent contemporary Slovak theatre that took place in Warsaw two years ago. The poster of the festival was quite surprising, too: a spaceship hovering above some high fencing. A meeting with Slovak theatre was obviously a sort of close encounter of the third kind even to Polish audience, although Poland shares with Slovakia a common border, a similar Slavic language, prevailing religion, and recent political history. Performing Arts in Slovakia is surely an even weirder concept for any Japanese critic. Can we find any common denominators between our cultures and except for almost existential problems that theatre critics and creators are facing nowadays all over the world? Are they any hidden links, do we share common passions and fears even without knowing it? Is there anything that contemporary performing artists from Slovakia can offer to Japanese theatre lovers?

Languages: English and Japanese

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 972 5414 7762
Passcode: 895861

Programme Coordinators
Seki Tomoko, Kyoko Matsuyama, Terao Ehito, Takehito Mitsui (takehito.mitsui@me.com)

AICT/IACT Japanese Section