Sixty Seconds with Nova Scena

Travel Tips — By Jacy Meyer on January 20, 2011 at 4:39 am

Yesterday, we wrote about Second Chance, a temporary “recycled forest” set-up on the square behind Nová Scéna (New Stage). When Národní divadlo (National Theater) took over management of Nová Scéna (New Stage) in January 2010, they approached their programming using three main lines: Performances from the National Theatre’s resident ensembles; invited guests and special projects designed by Nová Scéna. Now celebrating their first anniversary; Nová Scéna’s programming has been ambitious and included new drama premieres, an eclectic mix of contemporary dance performances and of course, the continuation of Laterna Magika’s black light theatre, for who the building was opened for back in 1983. But as Marcela Straková, who is responsible for Nová Scéna’s fundraising, international cooperation and visual arts projects, explains, they don’t only want the action happening inside.

“We are taking a multi-disciplinary approach and offering art, music, dance and theatre,” she said. “Plus, installations on the square.”

The “square” is the piazzete located behind Nová Scéna and edged by the National Theater. Primarily an empty space used by people cutting through the neighborhood to busy Národní Street, Nová Scéna has arranged nearly constant installations utilizing the piazzete’s space. You may have noticed huge bales of straw scattered about last winter, or the “picnic” area that was set up (basically a platform of grass) last summer, as well as temporary art objects. They’ve also done intriguing light displays on the building’s façade as well as opened Café Nona in what was the theater’s cloakroom.

“We are a new institution on the art map of Prague,” said Straková. “We want to continue bringing new life to this square.”

She adds that they’d like to have something happening on the square every month and future plans include an art installation next month, and participation in two upcoming events; the Street for Art Festival and the Prague Quadrennial.

Photo by Jacy Meyer

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