17:00 Štúdio SND - Slovenia – Collective of authors: At Least I Do Not Have To Kiss
School: Academy of theatre, radio, film and television
Director: Dorian Šilec Petek
Music: Laren Polič Zdravič
Scene: Dorian Šilec Petek
Costumes: Tina Bonča
Light design: Dorian Šilec Petek
Cast: Lea Cok, Mario Dragojevič, Urša Kavačič, Urban Kuntarič, Živa Selan, Eva Stražar, Dominik Vodopivec, Matej Zemljič
At Least I Do Not Have To Kiss tells a story of people unable to grasp the constant proximity of death as well as some of the traditional notions of life beyond death. Religion and with it heaven and hell are staged not as beliefs but as experiments, as empty structural places; settings, illusions. Increasingly it leaves behind traditional storytelling, characters and a realistic way of staging, exchanging them for feelings, atmospheres and fragments of thoughts. This results in a theatre piece not focused on story, word or performer’s singularity, but rather on the collective – a chorus being reborn in to an ensemble – how does the collective thought/impulse embody a fantasy.
Through the process of staging the piece the creative ensemble included text and scenes from different authors including an excerpt from Ionesco’s essay writings, various approaches to improvisations, raging from realism through Punch and Judy to formalism, stories from their personal experiences etc. Resulting with most of the text in the final piece completely authorial and reduced to the absolutely necessary thus making it relevant and unique to the group of authors as it doesn’t take a structurally hierarchical position but rather stays in the register of language intertwined with symbols, emotions, images and sounds. The performance does not function as a metaphor but rather as an poetic image – not showing a structure to be read but rather offering something very theatrical.
20:00 Divadlo Aréna – Poland – Peter Weiss: Marat/Sade
School: Akademia Teatralna im. Aleksandra Zelwerowicza w Warszawie/ The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw
Director: Wawrzyniec Kostrzewski
Dramaturgy: Wawrzyniec Kostrzewski
Music: Mateusz Wachowiak
Scene: Ewa Gdowiok
Costumes: Ewa Gdowiok
Light design: Wojciech Suleżycki
Cast: Hanna Skarga, Agata Różycka, Zofia Domalik, Dawid Ściupidro, Karolina Charkiewicz, Marcin Stępniak, Sofia Mietielica, Maciej Babicz, Michał Klawiter, Volodymyr Makovskyi
In the 1960s, the play Marat / Sade talked about crazy people, who shout slogans that reflect the true picture of the world. Sharp political and social diagnoses safely hide within three frameworks: the French Revolution, the insane facility and theater in the theater. Today, crazy people are unneeded. Rational words, expressed by characters taken out of our time, become an image of madness in a seemingly healthy reality. The madness of normality reaches a scale that is not even found in a psychiatric institution.