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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Adriana Světlíková (Nová síť CZ)_interview by Orsolya Bálint (KÖM)

painting: Petr Světlík

Residency allows artists to create in the most natural way

The first Performing V4 – Biennial of VARP-PA Residents taking place in Prague on the 26-27-28th of February will provide an exclusive insight into the Visegrad countries’ (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary) contemporary art scene by presenting the very best works – theatre and dance performances, film premiere, concerts, workshops and a fine art exhibition – created in the framework of Visegrad Artist Residency Program—Performing Arts. We talked to Adriana Světlíková from Nová síť (CZ), one of the organizing partner associations about selecting the participants of the Biennial and the unique possibilities offered by the VARP-PA program supporting performing art residencies in the region.

What did the possibility mean to you to work as a project partner in the framework of VARP-PA program?
I am the director of Malá inventura festival, which is produced by Nová síť Czech cultural network. I am also the member of this non-profit organization connecting organizations from whole Czech Republic to share their experiences on the field of cultural production, providing art residencies, supporting regional art circulation of theatre projects and offering assistance to communicate with the public via conferences, creative projects etc. So it is more than natural for us to be part of VARP-PA program. What more, we were originally the initiator of this program together with the International Visegrad Fund.

What are the benefits of the residency program and why do you support the Biennial?  
The most important goal is to let the artists know about the possibility of the residency program, since it is still not so well known among them. But those who have already successfully applied for a residency know that the possibility of being focused for 3 weeks, far away from their homes, living together with a team during the creative process and sharing ideas every day is one of the most natural ways to create something new. The Biennial is a great opportunity to present their ideas and missions to the audience, and it is also very interesting for the audience, of course. 

What were your experiences during the selection process for the Biennial, and along which principles did you chose the participants?
We all had very different opinions in the jury, so it was hard to choose 8 from the 22 applications. But the selection method – giving points from 1 to 5 – was helpful. Even if my opinion was different, the projects were selected well.  The Nová síť team also helped me in the selection process and our aim was to show the most significant results of the residency program to the public, in order to let them understand better what this program is all about.

Which other countries do you regularly co-operate with within V4?
We are in everyday contact with several organizations within V4 countries, because of our international Malá inventura festival. By the way, the main reason why the first Biennial is held in Prague was to follow Malá inventura festival, which is traditionally very well promoted and well-known in the Czech Republic and abroad. 

What do you hope to gain from being present at the Biennial?
I wish to let the public know about the activities of Nová síť network, which has been on the cultural map of the Czech Republic for almost 10 years. 

Do you have any suggestions regarding the future of the program and the Biennial?
It would be great to have more time for discussions, for the selection process, and for spreading the news about the possibilities offered by the VARP-PA program.

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