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The CDU has grown out of the necessity to break through the monotony and artificial tempo of the Croatian performing arts scene. The established theatre repertory politics is based mostly on ensemble productions, total lack of international guest performances aside from festivals, and the inability to differentiate between educational, informational and development programs. This inevitably resulted in centralization of theatre scene, in which the hierarchy of importance of individual events is formed on contextual or budgetary support from theatrical institutions or financing parties.

The CDU strives to open up new possibilities for the breakthrough of serious performative thought and action into those areas that do not expect their surfacing. Under «serious» we mean the indispensable nature of individual performances, projects, concepts and opinions, and by «surfacing» a protuberance into the static staging of the Croatian art scene.

Through the CDU we wish to:

  • deal with the problems created by institutional self-preservation of theatrical manufacturing or the production of goods in the performing arts;
  • offer new ways of performing arts presentation;
  • reconstruct crucial moments of individual radical performances in Croatia's recent performing arts history;
  • point at those Croatian theater artists who are realizing their projects abroad;
  • point out the importance of marginalized theatrical forms as a way of existing on the margin;
  • connect the programmatically marginalized centers into an informal network for the exchange of projects.

CDU includes following projects:

CDU contact:

Gaje Alage 6
10000 ZAGREB
Tel: +385 91 8929 747