DIVADLO Z PASÁŽE – (UMELECKÉ) HODNOTY A (SPOLOČENSKÝ) ZISK
Theatre from Passage - (artistic) values and (social) profit
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Today, City Theatre - Theatre from the Passage can be regarded as a professional theatre organization, which is the first and the only of its kind in Slovakia, working with people with mental disabilities (diagnosed with Down syndrome). Now, it is profiled as a community theatre, with the stable artistic and administrative bodies, prepares new productions almost every year that are included into the repertoire and staged regularly. Their performances are seen on the domestic scene in the City Theatre - Theatre from the Passage, but also on numerous tours abroad. In Banská Bystrica, it operates its 17th theatre season and features performances with not just authentic artistic statement but with a strong social dimension. During its existence, the theatre has expanded from an amateur ensemble with irregular operations led by volunteer enthusiasts to the art organization with a professional background. The theatre interconnects cultural, artistic and social fields in its activities. It employs 14 mentally handicapped full-time actors and 15 additional staff working in three closely related organizations - the Theatre from the Passage, Day Unit and Sheltered Housing - securing assistance, educational, artistic and operational needs. They intensely link their own artistic production to internal life of the theatre as well as to the personalities of individual actors. The influence of the theatre in the social context of today shows broader than just therapeutic meanings or functions. The theatre develops its activities in multiple directions and it moves towards the other disadvantaged groups as well as the general public.
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