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Center of Contemporary Art DAKH, Kyiv/Ukraine

The Center of Contemporary Art DAKH was founded by director and producer Vlad Troitskyi in 1994. A physicist by education and a successful businessman, Troitskyi made his debut as a director in the theater studio of Anatholyi Cherkov, the leader of the Ukrainian avant-garde in the 1970s and 1980s. In 2001 Vlad Troitskyi graduated from the department of acting and directing at the Russian Academy of Theater Arts, where his course was led by Boris Yukhananov. A snail creeping up Mount Fuji—“slowly, to the very top”—became the peculiar symbol of DAKH’s founding principles. > More

Ģertrūdes ielas teātris, Riga/Latvia

Ģertrūdes ielas teātris (GIT) is an independent production house that stages four to six new productions per season and offers a monthly program of repertoire performances. GIT’s collaboration with artists from the fields of theater, dance, and music is based on a shared belief in the value of creative work—GIT supports and encourages new initiatives and ideas to aid artistic growth. > More

Jaunimo teatras, Vilnius/Lithuania

Founded in 1965, the Jaunimo teatras (Youth Theatre) is a repertory theatre that became legendary thanks to  the early productions of Eimuntas Nekrošius. Nekrošius began his artistic career in the Jaunimo teatras under the leadership of the director Dalia Tamulevičiūtė, his teacher and a prominent personality in the Lithuanian theater scene. Performances directed by Nekrošius in the mid-eighties and nineties toured festivals and theaters around the world and became one of Lithuania’s cultural highlights during the Soviet period. > More

KatlZ, Riga/Latvia

KatlZ is the independent theatre production company based in Riga. The company creates performances which bring together different communities, culture and languages traditions in order to connect people and pay attention to everyone. > More

New Theatre Institute of Latvia, Riga/Latvia

The New Theatre Institute of Latvia (NTIL) is a project-based organization that has been working in the field of contemporary performing arts since 1998. NTIL organizes Homo Novus, the annual international festival of contemporary theater, as well asproducing and presenting artistic, educational, and research projects and collaboration programs with local and international partners that focus on emerging ideas, innovative work, and responsible action. > More

Prague City Theatres, Prague/Czech Republic

Prague City Theatres are one of Prague’s most significant cultural institutions with a rich history dating back to 1950. Launched in 2018 with a new management headed by Daniel Přibyl as managing director and Michal Dočekal as artistic chief, Prague City Theatres are comprised of three main venues: Rokoko, ABC, and Komedie Theater. In addition to these venues, activities and productions are also held at open-air venues and various other non-theatrical buildings. > More

Qendra Multimedia & National Theatre of Kosovo, Pristina/Kosovo

Qendra Multimedia in Pristina is considered to be one of the most interesting and authentic theater companies in Southeastern Europe. Since its foundation in 2002, it has produced several shows that have been successfully performed in major theaters and at festivals across Europe and America. The National Theatre of Kosovo is the most important theatrical institution in the Republic of Kosovo. It was founded just after World War II and since then has produced hundreds of plays that have been viewed by over one million people. > More

STEREO AKT, Budapest/Hungary

STEREO AKT is one of Hungary’s most progressive contemporary theater collectives. Based in Budapest, it creates event-like performances under the artistic leadership of Martin Boross. Theater is an event, audience members are participants, and the purpose of this event is the encounter between the participants’ reality and the artist’s fantasy. The essence of STEREO AKT’s performances is born out of the—often wordless—dialogue between the audience and the performers. > More

Teatrul Tineretului, Piatra Neamț/Romania

The Teatrul Tineretului (Theater of Youth) is a Romanian public institution with a permanent ensemble of twenty-seven actors that collaborates with artistic guests of all ages. Its mission to support artists at the beginning of their careers has been embedded in the theater's DNA since 1958. In recent years, the repertoire has focused on productions based on contemporary drama and interdisciplinary artistic activities that address diverse audiences and reflect the conflicts and challenges of society today. > More

TR Warszawa, Warsaw/Poland

TR Warszawa is one of Poland’s most important theaters. As the creator of the theater, Grzegorz Jarzyna has established an acclaimed team of artists and built a home for artistic experiments of all kinds, which also attracts other directors such as René Pollesch and Kornél Mundruczó or the recently invited Luk Perceval and Philippe Quesne. In addition to its international search for new talent and a new language for contemporary theater, TR Warszawa is also dedicated to promoting emerging voices in the Polish performing arts scene. > More

Vaba Lava, Tallinn/Estonia

The foundation Vaba Lava (Open Space) was established in May 2010 in order to provide opportunities for independent performing arts companies in Estonia, and to promote international cooperation through joint projects, co-productions, workshops, and seminars. Vaba Lava is a production center and a hotbed for new, experimental, and innovative performance. It also runs a network with similar theaters abroad. > More

Volksbühne Berlin, Berlin/Germany

Since it first opened, the Volksbühne has had a strong focus on the development and impact of new forms of theatrical productions. Built in 1914 by the architect Oskar Kaufmann, the Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemburg Platz seats over 800 people.  Its construction was financed solely by donations from members of the Verein Freie Volksbühne (Association for a Free People’s Theatre) with so-called “workers’ pennies”. Throughout its history, the Volksbühne has been shaped by directors, authors and artists who constantly challenge the boundaries of classical spoken theatre. > More