BRAVE NEW LIFE
In 2019, the Cooltour Cultural Center, together with five other European cultural institutions, joined the international project Shaking The Walls, which is mostly funded by the European Union's Creative Europe program . The Shaking The Walls project received this financial support mainly thanks to a concept linking civic participation, an off-stage theater festival and an inter-genre performance responding to the current state of society. The author of this successful concept is the director of the Cooltour Cultural Center Andrej Harmečko.
In the first phase of the project, several debates on socially current topics took place at the Pant Center . Central was the view of the phenomenon of truth from various angles of the pre-revolutionary and contemporary generations . During the debates, the topic of disinformation and conspiracy proved to be crucial. Do this controversial theme So we embarked together with the Slovak creative team headed by Peter Radkoffem from Kosice Tabačka and director Jozef Vlko.
Zuzana Psotková (Hygiea), Jana Ryšlavá (Die Macheschaft), Michal Noga (Troll). Photo: Tibor Czitó
In the crash of 2020, together with Tabačka Kulturfabrik, we created a work that is actually much more current than we initially thought. Brave New Life is a performance connecting theater, movement, live music and VJing. The Slovak playwright Michaela Zakuťanská took care of the text component, Stanislava Vlčeková is responsible for the choreography. An equally important role in this performance is played by the author's music by Ladislav Pálmai , who is complemented by Marek Žiliniec on the drum set. The urgency of the message is underlined by intensive projections by visual designer Jakub Pišek and light design by Ints Plavniekis .
Michal Noga (Slovak actor), Zuzana Psotková (Slovak actress), Daniel Raček (Slovak dancer) and Jana Ryšlavá (Czech dancer) have a very balanced acting and dancing quartet on the stage.
The production was created during four intensive creative residencies in the course of 2020 in Tabačka in Košice and Cooltour in Ostrava. Despite the coronavirus complications, Tabačka Kulturfabrik was able to provide the creative process with a suitable background for the creation of the production, for which we are very grateful.
Daniel Raček (Solus). Photo: Tibor Czitó
The performance should see the light at the seventh annual festival of dance, circus and new theater MOVE Fest 2020 in Ostrava in May 2020. Due to the lock-down and subsequent reduction, however, was moved to the fall festival premiere and after nine months of intensive preparations took place on Wednesday 16 September 2020 in Košice and on Wednesday 7 October in the Cooltour Cultural Center as part of the MOVE Fest .
"Do you want to know the truth? The Ministry of Truth has it. The Ministry of Truth will provide you with a beautiful new life, protecting you from misinformation and conspiracy. For the world is divided into winners and losers, east and west, north and south, zeros and ones, and what is not true is a lie or a hoax.
A man of the masses, Solus, comes to the Ministry of Truth to find his place in the world. The power representative Hygiea and her commando consisting of Troll and Die Machenshaft help him orient himself in the search for truth in the flood of information and in the dual world of confirmation and rejection of substantiated or unsubstantiated messages. There is nothing more to fight for. A society that is about higher interests and good is disappearing, security is collapsing and the ground can be flat. The world is made up of isolated individuals who know only one answer, and that is the common truth that everyone has.
The non-classical theatrical text is based on contributions from internet discussions and pages and thus forms a metatext composed of shitstorm, in which today's man gets lost. "
Concept: Peter Radkoff
Text: Michaela Zakuťanská
Directed by: Jozef Vlk
Choreography: Stanislava Vlčeková
Visual design: Jakub Pišek
Set design: Peter Radkoff
Lighting design: Ints Plavnieks
Sound: Pavel Vitt
Music: Ladislav Pálmai, Marek Žilinec
Costumes: Katarína Latócky
Cast: Michal Noga, Zuzana Psotková, Jana Ryšlavá, Daniel Raček
Voice: Martin Šalacha
Production: Cultural center Cooltour Ostrava z.ú. and Tabačka Kulturfabrik no
Production: Terezie Petříčková
I. premiere 16.9. 19:00 Tabačka Kulturfabrik, Košice
II. premiere 07.10. 19:00 Cooltour, Ostrava
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