#03_Uncompressability of theatre

Episode Summary

The starting point for this episode of the ShowOff podcast was a discussion of the same name with Nela H. Kornetová, a Czech theatre artist based in Norway, Greek researcher and critic Savas Patsalides and Martynas Petrikas, a Lithuanian expert on contemporary Central European theatre. The main topic of discussion was to search for and formulate the fundamental meaning of theatre and the reasons for its existence in the digital twenty-first century. The resulting podcast is a summary of the most fundamental moments of the conversation. Why go to the theatre when we carry a gateway to an infinite number of entertainments in our pockets? Can theatre exist in a compressed format, or is it fundamentally resistant to compression? How do younger generations, online from birth, relate to offline meetings that occur at one time and in one place. What is the meaning of "live" today. Are there reasons to fear for the future of live encounters, or is it us who should be afraid of them? This episode offers few answers and raises many questions. Join us for a this episode on the future of theatre through the eyes of theorists and practitioners, brought to you by Jiří Šimek, actor, theatre maker and founder of Ufftenživot company (

Episode Notes

Participants of Show must go on/off line discussion that served as base for this podcast 

Martynas Petrikas/ LTU- Associate professor at the Faculty of Communication atVilnius University.

Savas Patsalidis / GRK - Professor of Theatre at Aristotle University and the Drama School of the National Theatre of Northern Greece

Nela H. Kornetová /CZ- Independent performer and performance maker


Jiří Šimek/ CZ- Actor, Theatre Artist and co-founder of Ufftenživot Theatre Group

You can find record of the whole discussion on youtube channel @IDUPraha or right here -

Podcast Author: Jiří Šimek/ CZ- Actor, Theatre Artistand co-founder of Ufftenživot Theatre Group

Podcast Director: Jiří Šimek

Read by: Daniel Zappi and Sinead Phelps

Dramaturgy: Martina Pecková Černá and Co. 

Production: Barbora Comer 

Soundesign: Jan Čtvrtník

Other important links _ _ czech version of podcast