The international Bazaar Festival features progressive performance works by dance and theatre innovators that keep a healthy distance from official culture and are not afraid to take risks. Bazaar Festival programming is focussed on makers from the independent scenes of Central and Eastern Europe and since 2019, the Middle East.
The festival is a response both to the gradual development of large, dynamic and curious audiences looking for up-to-date innovative forms of performance creation and open dialogue about the future of our cities and communities, and also to the current political situation in our countries, which to varying degrees has been putting its artists under increasing pressure.
The festival takes its cue from Prague and the Czech Republic’s developing long-term role in advocating freedom of expression of not just Czech artists, but also those from neighbouring post-communist countries. Adding artists from the Middle East helps challenge Central Europeans’ fears of this region, which has even more recent experience with the terrible phenomena of poverty, migration, dictatorship and war.
It is a goal of the festival program to bring in creative personalities who do not behave in an autocratic fashion towards their teams, who work collectively and give colleagues room to express themselves, while maintaining high artistic quality and creative boldness. Thus the Bazaar has presented works like One Gesture (Wojtek Ziemilski/ Wojtek Pustoła/ Nowy Teatr, PL) with deaf performers searching for a common language, Grace (Hodworks, HU) in which dancers react together to conservatism with the courageous breaking of rules or Damned be the Traitor of His Homeland (Oliver Frljić and Mladinsko Theatre, SL), mapping the collapse of Yugoslavia and the hatreds that accompanied it.
Another basic pillar of the Bazaar Festival is an ongoing search for new ways to acquaint audiences with artistic process. The Bazaar is also an important “development catalyst” for works still in the process of being created. Since its initial edition the Bazaar offers devised performance creators a platform for a key development stage of their new works by giving artists short residencies and the chance to show excerpts from future works. The festival also frequently invites back artists whose work was seen in development during past festival editions, and so audiences get to see not only work in development, but the resulting performance.
The Bazaar Festival has been on the Prague scene since 2015 and takes place annually in March in independent venues such as Studio ALTA, Alfred ve dvoře, Archa Theatre, Ponec and others.
Advance tickets are available at GoOut.cz.
Ewan McLaren - artistic director
“WELCOME TO THE 2020 BAZAAR FESTIVAL, SUPERWOMEN EDITION! THIS “THEME” DID NOT COME BY DESIGN. SIMPLY, ON OUR WORKING TRIPS SEEKING PARTNERS FOR CZECH INDEPENDENT PERFORMANCE IN VARIOUS NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, IT SO HAPPENED THAT MANY OF THE MOST RADICAL AND TELLING WORKS WE’VE SEEN HAVE BEEN BY WOMEN MAKERS. IT SEEMED GOOD TIMING TO BRING THEM TOGETHER. HOPEFULLY OUR SELECTION OF THEIR HARD WORK OFFERS SOME INSIGHT INTO THE STATE OF LIFE IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE 30 YEARS AFTER SEISMIC POLITICAL EVENTS SET MAJOR SOCIAL CHANGE INTO MOTION FROM A FRESH PERSPECTIVE. WHILE SOME PERFORMANCES ALSO FEATURE VERY STRONG MALE PERFORMERS AND SOME MAY NOT BE JUST ABOUT SUPERWOMEN, EVERY ONE OF THEM HAS BEEN CREATED BY SUPER WOMEN.”
RENATA PIOTROWSKA-AUFFRET (PL): PURE GOLD IS SEEPING OUT OF ME
March 20, 2020
Ponec - the dance venue
March 21, 2020
Prostor39, PONEC - the dance venue
JURIŠIĆ – MANDIĆ (SI): TOGETHER
March 22, 2020