II. International Summer School of Theatre in Social Context 2021 and 2022

International Summer School on Theatre in Social Context
22 August - 5 September 2021 
Archa Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic 

There has been an increased focus on social and political issues in theatrical creation. Archa Theatre promotes artistic practices that have the courage to examine topical issues expressed in a specific theatrical language. The International Summer School is a platform for experimentation and investigation in the field of contemporary theatre. The program promises students to get acquainted with theatre in social context with the help of Archa Theatre’s artistic vision and theatrical tools.
Working language of the school is English / Czech.


Aim of the school

The Archa Theatre's summer school promotes individual and collective discoveries in theatrical creation, and helps participants find their own voice in their creative processes. The summer school is a platform for reflection on and communication of experience, knowledge and ideas in the field of documentary and social-specific theatre. We strive to achieve new ways of thinking by creating open formats of interaction between participants.

Main ateliers

  • The Viewpoints technique and textual sources of documentary theatre, by Jana Svobodova
  • Light as a space for action, by Pavel Kotlik
  • Sound design for stage, by Ladislav Sterba & Jan Sedlacek

Complementary atelier

  • Finding your textual material, by Lise Grimelund-Kjelsen

Exclusive presentations

Lola Arias: Re-enacting life
Robert Palmer: The impact of Covid on arts practice worldwide
Henk Keizer: Processes of creating site- and social-specific art
Pieter De Buysser: Why the oak tree doesn’t write
Ondřej Hrab: Theatre and sociology, Historical roots of social-specific theatre
In the second half of the summer school, participants work in creative groups to produce a short performance that they will be presented at Archa Theatre, using the skills the students have acquired in the ateliers. During this creative process, the participants have the chance to consult the instructors and use Archa Theatre’s advanced theatrical tools.



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