Symposium Theatrum was supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.
In what ways can the multicultural history and traditions of Upper Spiš be transformed through the language of post-dramatic theatre and the aesthetics of performativity? How are artefacts created in this way perceived by people of the given society and how, on the other side, by visitors from all around the Globe? How do viewers respond to becoming the part of the performance and being co-actors and co-creators of the artistic work? Symposium Theatrum looks for the answers to the stated questions through artistic research which is conducted under the auspices of Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. Symposium Theatrum is a theatrical project combining an interdisciplinary group of artists with theatre amateurs and drama inexperienced people, whose creative output after a two-week intense collaboration is a post-dramatic experimental performance on the theme of the festival. Symposium Theatrum is led by Marika Smreková, a theatre director coming from Stará Ľubovňa.
What´s the role of fine art in nowadays society? Does a modern artist still have a say in modern person´s life and what media is best suited for communication of the artist with a viewer? Symposium Pictum aims to make a room for a current generation of creative artists who can, by visual language of their own, react to questions posed by today´s society. An international group of five fine artists with various professional and personal backgrounds will create artistic works reflecting the topic of the festival within two weeks in Stará Ľubovňa. The pieces of art will be presented at an exhibition as a part of the main programme of UM UM festival. Symposium Pictum is led by Martin Jakubčo from Stará Ľubovňa whose goal is to build bridges between specific world of fine art and public in the given cultural-historical perspective.
Why sound instead of silence? How to record sounds so that they are able to talk to us and express their thoughts? Symposium Musicum wants to explore the ways of narration through sound. Sound that creates performance, language, installation. Symposium Musicum aims to define a creative attitude to sound media, from body and voice to musical instruments and computer, in a way where technical and aesthetic knowledge is capable of dialogue with performing art, environment, society and memory. The international group of artists will live together for two weeks in Stará Ľubovňa. Music laboratory results will be concerts, scenic music and sound design for new city audiowalk´s records. Symposium Musicum is led by Elia Moretti, an Italian musician and composer who develops a specific research in the relationship between the languages of movement and sound. His research activities focus on ethnomusicology and cultural anthropology through an ecological perception of sound.