DLAN and CeKaTe co-produced Croatia’s first International Theatre Festival “Sign and Sound” dedicated to bilingual theatre and promotion of deaf performative arts (26 – 28 September 2018), during the International Week of the Deaf.
The programme included a round table discussion “The Role of Bilingual Theatre for Development of Inclusion and Deaf and Hearing Arts”, hosted by CeKaTe (Ivan Hromatko, PhD) and moderated by Mario Kovač, PhD. The discussion was joined by representatives from City of Zagreb’s Office for Culture, Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia, Association of the Deaf and Heard of Hearing of City of Zagreb, DLAN NGO, and actors from the Croatian version of “Guardians of Dreams”. In introduction to the discussion, Mario Kovač presented the results of CeKaTe’s (and ABbA’s) survey research on bilingual theatre that CeKaTe conducted after DLAN’s performances of “Guardians of Dreams”. This has opened up a fruitful discussion that showed how all institutions involved are eager to continue and develop bilingual theatre and festival of deaf arts.
After the round table, a two day festival programme started, organised by DLAN NGO.
During the festival, audience enjoyed in another bilingual performance by DLAN – “Guardians of Dreams” – and six other performances by deaf artists from China (Hong Kong), Belgium, Hungary and Serbia. After the festival, DLAN has organised a tour of Plitvice lakes for deaf artists.
We had around 200 visitors during the whole event – which we believe is a fair start to a deaf arts and bilingual theatre festival.
CeKaTe Theatre and DLAN NGO proudly present the first international Theatre Festival “Sign and Sound” (TFSS) which will be held on 27th and 28th of September 2018 in the CeKaTe Theatre Hall (Trešnjevka Cultural Centre, Park Stara Trešnjevka 1, Zagreb; Croatia).
It is the first inclusive festival dedicated to the development of mixed deaf and hearing audience, and to the promotion of bilingual performances and deaf arts.
The Festival will be opened on 27th September 2018 at 18.30h by a bilingual theatre play “Guardians of Dreams” performed simultaneously in sign and voice Croatian language by deaf and hearing actors and actresses from DLAN NGO (Kristijan Ugrina, Iva Vrbos, Korana Ugrina and Lino Ujčić Matessa), directed by the president of DLAN NGO and of TFSS, Mr Angel Naumovski.
After the opening performance, the audience will have an unique opportunity to see theatre plays and performances by deaf artists from Hong Kong, Belgium, Hungary and Serbia.
Beside the Festival programme, TFSS will contribute to the development of mixed deaf and hearing audience by organising a round table discussion on the subject of “The Role of bilingual theatre for development of inclusion and of dear and hearing arts” which will be moderated by theatre director Mario Kovač PhD.
The price of a two-day ticket (valid for all 7 performances) is 70 kuna (approximately 9 EUR), and single ticket costs 20 kuna’s (approximately 2.5 EUR) Reservations and information: email@example.com
The play was developed using the method of innovative bilingual theatre (IBT).
It is a approach to dramatic text in which each character is interpreted simultaneously by a deaf and sound artist, giving equal importance to sign and voice language.
Therefore, this way we invite the deaf and the listening audience to a show in which they will enjoy it equally without the need for translation – because the whole action is performed on the sign and voice of the Croatian language.
It is located on the border of two enemy States, but also on the border of Java and SNA – where they meet deaf and including, lovers and enemies, soldiers and civilians, women and men – the show “Guardians of Dreams” invites you to know your own and other’s boundaries and Answer the questions:
Is it possible to establish contact with another human being despite the constraints?
What does it really mean to be inclusive?
Can the deaf and Can enemies become lovers?
The performance is reflected within the international project ABbA Europe. Audience Blending by Arts), namely, “merging audiences through art” co-financed by Eacea Fund creative Europe – Culture and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia (ABbA Europe 2017-1696-001-001).
Co-financed by the European Union programmes Creative Europe and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.