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Sunset in the mountains
Meeting Point | ENG
18. dubna 2024

Love – Death

At 4:48 in the morning, the author of this play, Sarah Kane, would regularly wake up. What she faced throughout her life, she poured into her work. This play, chosen by three Serbian students for adaptation, has a very heavy and sad story. Autobiographical elements cannot be overlooked, but the author did not provide any “manual” for staging this play. A hospital environment accompanies the audience throughout the entire performance. Frequent interaction compels the audience to observe, be vigilant, alert, and search within the enormous cloud of text permeating the room. The theme of depression, thoughts bombarding the mind, feelings of loneliness and helplessness – all of this can be heard, seen, felt.

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Sunset in the mountains
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18. dubna 2024

The Anamnesis of Love That Was Ended By a Spectator

Psychosis 4:48 is a fragmentary text with an unconventional dramatic plan, a highly emotional ride across a fragmented human consciousness. By its very composition, themes, undetermined space-time and characters (no gender is specified, but neither is the number), the text compels a distinctly loose interpretation. However, the basic information for a sort of orientation can be deduced: the fragmentary story of a patient and her psychiatrist. The course of her treatment in a psychiatric hospital is accompanied by a detailed medical history and narrative monologues that alternate between the poetic and the prosaic. The thematic framework is also wide-ranging: suicide, critiques of outdated psychiatric practices, religious and social aspects, the symbolic linking of time and space, peer compatibility, and toxicity (which is based on the role of the dominant versus the submissive), and, finally, redemptive love – redemption or just a subtle drop of liquid into a sea of suffering.

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Sunset in the mountains
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18. dubna 2024

Watch What You Breathe!

After a morning meeting with Anna Rouhu, who introduced us to the concept of greener and sustainable theatre, another workshop took place in classroom 104 - this time dedicated to public space and socially engaged theatre.

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Sunset in the mountains
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18. dubna 2024

The Image of a Housewife and the Emptiness of Infinity

For this year's SETKÁNÍ/ENCOUNTER, JAMU has prepared two productions - The Image of a Woman and Origin of Clouds or What It Means to Believe in Something. The former takes place in a closed apartment, the latter in an infinite space.

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Sunset in the mountains
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18. dubna 2024

Why Are We All So Abandoned?

This composite performance brings a glimpse of two seemingly disparate peripheries of human solitude, in both cases working with a space that the performers themselves transform into and add to its aura through their appearance.

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Sunset in the mountains
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18. dubna 2024

Performing Arts in "Greener" Colours

Sustainability as a process, sustainability as a human challenge. In harmony with nature and the available resources. Thinking about theatrical production in such a way that we do not renounce our vision of how to present the whole in a good and effective way, but we also consume fewer natural resources. Not everything is permanent. Rather, it is durable, and this is certainly not to be taken in a negative sense. However, for such an approach, which is not just a phantasmagorical mirage, it is necessary to remove the ego and prioritize the eco. The eco way for a more inert artistic process.

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Sunset in the mountains
Meeting Point | ENG
18. dubna 2024

Comments about SETKÁNÍ/ENCOUNTER

prof. Mgr. Petr Oslzlý is a dramaturg, scriptwriter, actor and for many years the artistic director of the Husa na provázku Theatre. He was the director of the Centre for Experimental Theatre Author and co-author of almost fifty theatre scripts, ten books and a large number of essays on theatre and art. He was a co-initiator of the Velvet Revolution in November 1989, and an advisor to President Václav Havel in 1990-1992. Last but not least, he was the director of the SETKÁNÍ-ENCOUNTER festival from 1995-2018, the rector of JAMU from 2018-2022 and since 2007 the head of one of the three studios of dramaturgy and directing at JAMU.

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