Performance The Theatre is a way of searching for human freedom within a social system. Freedom, however gradually becomes merely a game, theater. For whom and why do we play?

Abstract

A game for actors and spectators which can overpower its own players, a game that no one can escape.

What happens when people lose their cultural identity, and with it their sources of vitality and meaning of life?
This performance, ironically entitled “The Theatre”is like a black mass, which violates the boundary between those who are watching and those who are giving. Theater is a way of searching for human freedom within a social system. Freedom, however gradually becomes merely a game, theater. For whom and why do we play?

"As well as being a brilliant parody of our historising ideas and clichés about commedia dell`arte, Elizabethian, Spanish, or any other theatre, The Theatre is the ancient and never ending story of man, his love, passion, jealousy, revenge, death and vanity. Under the feet of the dancers, out of the stamping of their steps, the eyes of ancient African gods come alive, the prayers of their Brazilian offspring can be heard, and our innermost thoughts awaken as well." Julie Kočí, Dance Zone

 

Performed by: Roman Horák, Anna Kršiaková, Eliška Vavříková, Jun Wan Kim, Cecilia Ventriglia, Minh-Hieu Nguyen, Hana Varadzinová, Karolína Hejnová, Ivan Jurečka, Cecile da Costa, Vít Halška, Adrian Ševeček, Kateřina Eva Lanči, Petr Beránek

Duration: 75 min

 

Premiere

Premiere 10th of February 2010, Preslova 9, Prague

Creative Team

created by Viliam Dočolomanský, Roman Horák, Cecile da Costa, Anna Kršiaková, Zuzana Pavuková, Jun Wan Kim, Patricie Poráková, Hana Varadzinová, Róbert Nižník a Miriam Bayle, Vít Halška, Adrian Ševeček, Kateřina Eva Klimešová, David Jánský

Directed by Viliam Dočolomanský

concept, scenic and musical composition Viliam Dočolomanský

Assistant director Krystyna Mogilnicka, Hana Varadzinová

movement assistance Ioana Mona Popovici

musical dramaturgy, arrangement, vocal arrangement Hana Varadzinová, Miriam Bayle, Viliam Dočolomanský

Dramaturgy Jana Pilátová

scenography Jana Preková

costume design Barbora Erniholdová

Light design Pavel Kotlík

Production Šárka Pavelková

For Promoters

Farm in the Cave’s standard space requirements for performances are as follows: a space with good acoustics which can also be completely silent during performances; typically we use a black box or site-specific space with minimal dimensions of 10 x 10 meters, with a height of 6 meters; at least 6 months before the performance our technical team of 2-4 persons must make a preparatory visit.

The maximum number of audience members at individual performances varies, but is usually no more than 450.

The number of performers per performance varies between 5 and 13, and the technical – production staff is between 4 and 6 people.

The minimum number of performances presented in one place is 2.

The company can play 2 performances per day are available on request – the latest start time is 21:00 local time.

The length of preparation and adaptation depends on the specific performance and local conditions, with a minimum of 1-2 days necessary prior to the day of the first production.

Financial requirements are available upon request at info@farminthecave.com or barbara.tumova@seznam.cz

The organizers pay for: fees; costs of shipping scenography; personnel transport; local transportation to the performance location; housing; per-diems; costs connected with preparatory technical visit. The organizer agrees to pay for costs of equipment rental if the space to be used does not have the equipment necessary.