Emília Vášáryová

Emília Vášáryová is a Slovak actress and a graduate of acting studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and also an honorary doctor of Janacek Academy of Performing Arts in Brno.

During her acting career she mostly engaged in Bratislava’s theatres such as: the Slovak National Theatre, Mala Scena Theatre, Nova Scena Theatre and the Theatre of Pavol Orszagh Hviezdoslav.

Emília Vášáryová was granted several (including international) awards during her career, the most important of which are: the award Cesky Lev, Jin Jue Award, The Slovak State honour of Rád Ľudovíta Štúra I. třídy, The Slovak State honour Medaila za zásluhy, The award of Václav Havel, The awardof Karel Čapek, Desky and many others.

Currently she is employed in the Slovak National Theatre and also works as a teacher at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava.

Photo: Martin Črep

Dear friends, dear dramaturges,

thirty years ago, the November Revolution fulfilled its mission, brought freedom, opened the borders and we became a part of Europe – a part of the world.

Freedom and democracy also brought 30 years of a free festival ENCOUNTER.

A beautiful anniversary – a precious anniversary.

Thirty years, during which theatre itself underwent substantial changes, but is still surviving mostly due to its fundamental principles and fundamental ideas on why it was established and why surely will not “perish”. A living human in front of living humans, a living human with a living human on the stage, the mutual contact, authenticity, unrepeatable moments.

By means of an encounter of dramaturges and theatre artists from different countries, encounters with the audiences, of getting to know each other and of mutual confrontation, we can relish the idea that art, as a craving for freedom, has come true, that theatre arts cause that we, humans, have a chance to lead a wiser, nicer, happier and more noble life. Long live encounters, long live the city of Brno and its festival, for at least another 30 years.

Let us protect and guard our freedom.

Emília Vášáryová