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Performances

  

“The Natives”

by Valeria Schulczová and Roman Olekšák, directed by Tilmann Köhler

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 19:00 at SND Drama Hall

in Slovak with English subtitles

 

Central Slovakia. The First Republic Elementary School. The building which "remembers" – and apart from the church is the only building in the village of which the locals are proud. The school in which a couple of notable natives grew up. Maybe one of them has a monument and the village deals with the subversives who want to destroy it. It is early evening and in school gyms aerobics are underway – thought up by local women to finally help them lose weight, but mainly for them to have somewhere to conspire and gossip. A violent explosion interrupts everything. The startled woman does not know what could have exploded in the neighbourhood. Maybe a plane had crashed, or a gas main had exploded. Or a petrol station. Or what if war had broken out? It wasn’t far to Ukraine after all! Residents from around the nearby explosion start to head for the gym. As do people who were stopped in their tracks when the area was cordoned off. Tension appears, conspiracy theories abound, anti-government plots are resolved, the animosity and hatred surface. Above all – as a basic motive a large degree of intolerance and efforts to enforce their own truths loom. Retrospective optimism is mixed with radical views – from politics to the economy, from traditional families to refugees. The characters create opinion groups and always take others as a witness to their own truth, which is the only truth. This production is part of a long-term project in which we invite renowned foreign directors to premiere new Slovak works. This original Slovak play will be directed by German director Tillman Köhler.

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©Daniel Veselský

 

  

“Before Sunset”

by Gerhart Hauptmann, directed by Michal Vajdička

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 19:00 at SND Studio

in Slovak with English subtitles

nominated for DOSKY Award for Best Performance, Best Direction and Best Main Character

 

A well-off seventy-year-old falls in love with a twenty-year-old woman. At a time when he no longer expected anything from life – metaphorically, before sunset – he recovers his zest. Life, which had been slowly nearing its end, suddenly regains its charm and beauty. Except that his family perceives a threat in the relationship. The children, who are used to being the centre of their father’s attention since the death of their mother, cannot deal with the fact that their place has been taken by a strange, unfamiliar figure: that their father is no longer theirs, that he has not remained faithful to the remembrance of their mother. They take their father’s new partner for a gold digger who intends to deprive them of their inheritance. They decide to ‘protect’ their father from her and from himself, and so unleash a storm of events that ends in tragedy. A powerful family drama by a Nobel Prize-winning author.

The Clausens "family" portraits which are part of the set design were produced by a Dutch fine art photographer Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk.

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©Collavino 

 

  

“Don Giovanni”

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, conducted by Ondrej Olos and directed by Jozef Bednárik

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 19:00 at SND Opera and Ballet Hall

sung in Italian

 

Don Giovanni is not only a story about a punished sinner, as it is alsonot a simple music comedy, too. It is a unique piece of drama work, in which seemingly typical funny situations, so uncomplicated and slight in other operas, here they are rough, and they cause an overall tension. Giovanni is punished at the end, although the question who was it that sentenced and punished him has no answer. Was is the God, or as Jozef Bednárik, the director of the production suggests, was it Giovanni’s empty and dry heart?

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©Alena Klenková

 

 

“Academy of Spectator Art”

by István Tasnádi, directed by József Czajlik

Friday, 30 November 2018, 19:00 at SND Studio

in Slovak with English subtitles

 

A cabaret for three actors is set in the theatre season 2035/36, just a few years after all theatres had been closed. They might reopen, if spectators graduate from the academy of spectator art. Guided by two experienced professors and a lecturer, spectators pass through a range of lectures, illustrations, experiments. The curriculum is to turn inexperienced individuals into professional theatre spectators. It turns out that it is not at all easy to be a genuine spectator. The status requires effort, courage and an ability to acquire a number of skills, as is indeed expected of proper university studies. A question remains open about the degree of success of such experiment whether it is at all possible to raise the right theatre spectator and at what cost. Ultimately, can such project prove successful in the context of Slovakia?

The contemporary Hungarian playwright István Tasnádi has brewed quite an explosive cocktail that shall affect every spectator. Without exception.

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“Project 1918”

by Joseph Roth, directed by Michal Vajdička

Friday, 30 November 2018, 19:30 at SND Drama Hall

in Slovak with English subtitles

 

It is the year of 1918. World War 1 is about to end, the first mass orgies of industrial killing that shattered big dreams and major hopes of the turn of centuries. Gone were the hopes that humankind was only about to see continuous, unstoppable progress in science, art and culture. On the ruins of the old-world new states emerged, including Czechoslovakia. Some think with nostalgia of the golden times of the fallen Monarchy, the waltzes, Radetzky marches and the grace of the olden world. Others feel that they at last stepped out into the fresh air from the stale room that wasn’t aired for years. Has the era of chivalrous noblesse and learning ended? Has the madness of the modernised over-technical world dawned? Or has the lunacy grown like mould from the stale old world? Were those times golden indeed? If so, why have they rusted in the end?

Project 1918 uses a sample of fates of soldiers from the peripheral Austro-Hungarian battalion of the final years of the multinational Monarchy with all its tinsel, morality and pseudo-morals, glory and shadows, errors and decay. The fate of people living their joys and sorrows set against the backdrop of history that has changed for the first time in thousand years.

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“War and Peace”

by Lev Nikolajevič Tolstoj, directed by Marián Amsler

Saturday, 19:00 at SND Drama Hall

in Slovak with English subtitles

nominated for DOSKY Award for Best Performance, Best Costumes, Best Set Design and Best Music 

 

Tolstoy (1828 – 1910), a genius writer and interesting thinker – philosopher, if you will – is an indubitable authority of worldwide importance whose works enjoy permanent interest. The epic novel War and Peace (1869) is perhaps chief among these. In a certain sense, War and Peace is the Universe that we breathe – and that we sometimes cannot breathe in. For what else is human history than an endless cycle of war and peace, and what else does humanity realise in the aftermath of terrifying battles and wars, which had been looked forward to as the solutions to all our problems? For what else is our private life, if not a quest for happiness and love, studded by so many romantic and dramatic episodes? And what else is our lot, if not to understand our mission in the world while bearing the knowledge that we are tied so closely with Great History, which often, without mercy, steers and even defines our paths?

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©Ľuboš Kotlár

 

 

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