East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the
development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

EEPAP Report: Organisation of Performing Arts in Eastern European Countries

The following report is the result of the first year of EEPAP’s operation. Its aim was to gather information about the state of theatre and dance in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Our goal is not to present you with ready theses, for it is much too early for that. This publication is the result of the first stage of the research project planned for several years, whose aim it is to try to map out the directions for development of theatre and dance in Central and Eastern Europe. We hoped to gather information about the consequences the transformation of the political system at the turn of the 1990s had for the organization of theatre and dance life. We examined how the structures that determine the work of  artists in this European region have been shaped in the past twenty years. We collected data based on the reports prepared by specialists (critics, researchers, artists) from each of the countries listed below; the selection of the authors of the national reports was based on our partners’ recommendations. Thus collected information is only the beginning of our work, an opening of the discussion which requires amendments and counterarguments from other researchers. The closing of this stage of our work demands above all that we formulate precise questions and map out the directions for further research. 



Table of contents


Foreword – Paweł Potoroczyn

EEPAP – a platform for the development of performing arts (theatre and dance) in Central and Eastern Europe – Marta Keil           

Overview Report Paweł Płoski

I. On the wave of great changes 

II. Organizational models of public theatres 

III. New initiatives 

IV. International cooperation 

V. The situation of contemporary dance in Eastern Europe 

VI. Theatre legislation 

VII. Reforms and legal solutions– examples 



List of tables



Authors of country reports


Armenia – Ara Nedolyan
Azerbaijan – Sabuhi Mammadov
Belarus – Viktor Pietrau, Alex Strelnikov
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Tanja Miletić Oručević
Bulgaria – Kalina Wagenstein, Nelly Stoeva
Croatia – Jelena Kovacić
Czech Republic – Jakub Škorpil
Georgia – Levan Khetaguri
Hungary – Dalma Szakmáry, Attila Szabó
Kosovo – Jeton Neziraj
Macedonia – Nelko Nelkowski
Moldova – Larisa Turea
Poland – Paweł Płoski
Romania – Iulia Popovici
Serbia – Andjelka Jankovic
Slovakia – Vladislava Fekete
Slovenia – Tomaž Toporišič
Turkey – Esra Aysu Aysun
Ukraine – Tina Peresunko
The report can be downloaded here.