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Friday, 2 January 2015

What is PV4 - Performing V4 Biennial?

Performing V4 - Biennial of VARP-PA Residents is an initiative by 4 performing arts organizations like: 
L1 Egyesület (H), Nová síť o.s. (CZ), Art Stations Foundation (PL) and Truc sphérique, nezisková organizácia (SK), to launch a professional festival taking place every 2 years that presents the work of selected artists supported by International Visegrad Fund’s Residency Programme for Performing Arts (VARP-PA). 

The biennial is conceived in a mobile, nomadic format: it takes place in a different V4 country every 2 years in order to promote the outputs of the VARP-PA programme in the whole region. By creating a platform to present the work of selected residents, the project not only provides greater visibility for V4 cooperation, but also ensures access to the work of exciting emerging artists and insight into current tendencies of contemporary performing arts in the V4 region. It acts as a platform for debate and dialogue with the general public and professionals from V4 countries and the broader European arts scene. 

The project responds to the lack of such a regional platform for emerging artists in the field of performing arts and by making a different country a host every 2 years, it also ensures that such an event can be connected to different local contexts.

The selection of performances and the accompanying program of the biennial (debates, exhibitions, other events) are collectively curated by project partners. Both are developed with the educational purpose of providing a better understanding of current tendencies of contemporary performance in the V4 and CEE region for the general, as well as the professional public. 

To realize 1st (pilot) biennial hosted by PRAGUE in 2015 the jury members from all V4 countries selected the participating artists through an open call for VARP-PA residency holders in the previous years: 2012-2014. 
From the 22 applicants of VARP-PA program in these years we could invite 8 to present their works (which were made during the time of their residency in a V4 country) and we collected and upload a database from all the works on the blog-site of Performing V4 where the future applicants can have a look and orientate themselves what is offered by this unique program. 

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