Who are we?

The Pôtoň Theatre is a non-profit organization located and acting in former culture house in a small municipality of Bátovce. It operates as an only Slovak professional theatre located in the countryside. Besides its own performances, it offers a space to other Slovak and foreign artists. It provides the place for 20 residencies for more than 80 artists per year. Residencies are being held here since 2008. Over the years, there have been more than 1000 artists working in Bátovce, coming from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Russia, Hungary, England, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Mexico. The building provides more than 1500 m² of working space for artists and full audio, lightning and projection equipment.

Conditions and residency descriptions

The Pôtoň Theatre team is seeking proposals from artists of visual arts, site specific projects, new medias and performing arts, including contemporary dance and physical theatre.

The residencies take place in the building of The Pôtoň Theatre in peaceful rural area of the village Bátovce. The accommodation as well as the working space are located in the same building. The rooms are equipped with bathroom (shower, toilet). The whole building has a free Wifi. The residents have a fully equipped kitchen at their disposal. There is a grocery and pizza delivery service in the village.

The length of the residency:

  • 1 week
  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
  • 1 month

Expenses covered by incoming artists:

  • Traveling expenses
  • Accommodation and working space

Expenses covered by accepting organization:

  • Material necessary for the creation of the work (up to 100€ per residency)
  • Production services
  • PR services
  • Administrative support (e.g: acceptance letter, letter of invitation, etc.)


Studio space – 25€/person/day
Stage + great hall – 30€/person/day

Selection procedure:


Presentation of the work:

Public presentation at the end of the residency

Maximum people per residency:


Maximum residencies at the same time:


Companions allowed:

  • Partners and family – 10€ person/night
  • Short-stay visit – no fee

Application process:

Application period for this residency is open from 30th March to 15th June 2018 via the the ONLINE FORM.

After your application is submitted, please send your portfolio in PDF or link to: skojcova@poton.sk

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

All residents will be informed about the selection decision within two weeks after the deadline.

If you need any help or information, don´t hesitate to contact skojcova@poton.sk


About the area of residency:

The village of Bátovce is located in the department of Levice in the region of Nitra. Bátovce was the former royal town, today it is a village with 1100 inhabitants. In the wider area, there are several touristic possibilities (history, architecture, spa, swimming pools, shopping) – Banská Štiavnica (30 km), Levice (16 km), Nitra (60 km), Santovka (13 km), Dudince (25 km). The distance between Bátovce and the capital of Slovakia – Bratislava – is 163 km.

Only the few examples:

Bátovce – Barrage Lipovina, Schneiderian mansion, stone arch bridge of Ján Nepomucký, vineyards

Brhlovce (11 km) – underground dwellings, unique national cultural heritage

Horša (8 km) – Horša valley – national park

Bohunice (4,71 km) – water mill of Bohunice

Hronský Beňadik (30 km) – Benedictine abbey – cultural heritage

Levice (16 km) – Levice castle, Museum of Tekov

Lake Richňava (18 km) – one of the most beautiful lakes in the area

LakePočúvadlo (14 km) – the biggest lake in the area

Santovka (19 km) – thermal swimming pool

Banská Štiavnica (27 km) –  completely preserved old medieval mining town with the Renaissance palaces, 16th-century churches, elegant squares and castles, picturesque surrounding landscape. Because of its historical value, the town and its surroundings were proclaimed by the UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site.

Theatre space

Stage and Great hall

The stage and great hall of the Pôtoň Theatre is currently still almost in the original authentic condition. The place is designed as a classic black box theatre hall with the stage and theatre auditorium (without elevation), balcony and stage background

Stage dimensions: Lenght – 7 m, Width – 6 m, Height – 5 m
Hall dimensions: Lenght – 18 m, Width – 9 m, Height – 9 m


This space is dedicated to smaller productions, seminars, discussion and work meetings. It has the capacity of maximum 50 people. The space is multifunction with the possibility to project on one of the walls.

The studio dimensions: Lenght – 10 m, Width – 5 m, Height – 3 m


Currently the theatre offers 6 single beds in 3 separate rooms on the first floor. The rooms are equipped with bathroom (shower, toilet).

The residents have a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, fridge, freezer, electric kettle, stove, oven, washing machine at their disposal. There is also a saloon available for eating, meetings and sessions. The whole building has a free Wifi connection.


Lightning equipment

PC 500W (6pc), PC DTS Scena 300/500W (6 pc), PC 1000W (2pc), Fresnel Varytec 1000W (4pc), profile spots ETC Source Four Junior zoom 25-50 (3pc), Pinspot (4pc), ADJ Tripar LED profile (8pc), PAR 64 (14pc), ground-spreader statives 1,5m – 3,4m for 1 – 4 light spots (5pc) and 1,5m – 2m for 1 light spot (1pc), lightning board with 48 channels (1pc), lightning board with 24 channels (1pc), dimmer of 6 channels 2x2kW (4pc), dimmer of 4 channels up to 6kW (4pc)

Audio and sound equipment

Mixing board Behringer Europower PMP 5000 (1pc), amplifier Behringer EP4000 Europower (1pc), dynamic microphone Sennheiser E845 (4pc), microport JTS (2pc), hand microphone AKG (1pc), broadband action microphones (2pc), microphone stands K&M (5pc), pasive repro 500W JBL (3pc), subwoofer JBL JRX 218S (2pc), space monitors Work for Dolby sound (12pc), passive floor monitors Behrinher Eurolive VS1220F 600W (3pc), receivers + headphones (50pc), transmitter (2pc), portable PA Speaker System Ibiza Sound Port 10VHF-BT (2pc).

Video equipment

Video projector DLP 2500 lumenov (2pc), Video projector DLP 3D BenQ MX822ST Ultra Short Throw 3500 ANSI lm (1pc), LCD Projector Christie LWU501i 5000 lm (1pc), DVD player (1pc), Bluray player Pioneer (1pc), portable projection cinema screen 5,5m x 3m (1pc).

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