In Partnership with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2013
- Vaclav Havel
Ambassador Theater presents
International Artist Series
Spitfire Company (Cz) and Sivan Eldar
Based on VÃ¡clav Havelâ€™s Audience and its legendary film adaptation
Featuring:Â MiÅ™enka ÄŒechovÃ¡ andÂ JindÅ™iÅ¡ka KÅ™ivÃ¡nkovÃ¡
Saturday, September 21, 2013 8:00PM
Sunday, September 22, 2013 2:00PM
At Mead Theater Lab at FLASHPOINT, 916 G Street, NW, Washington DC 20001
The Ambassador Theater presents theÂ Spitfire Company (Cz) and Sivan EldarÂ inÂ Antiwords, inspired by VÃ¡clav Â Havel’s celebrated one-act playÂ Audience andÂ performed by prominent Czech Â physical theater actresses MiÅ™enka ÄŒechovÃ¡, whose showÂ S/he is Nancy Joe was Â named the “Best of 2012 in Contemporary Dance” by theÂ Washington Post, and Â JindÅ™iÅ¡ka KÅ™ivÃ¡nkovÃ¡ in the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. This original Â work by MiÅ™enka ÄŒechovÃ¡ explores the issue of individual integrity, morality and Â responsibility, employing a collage of visual imagery, poetry, voice, and music to Â create an impression.
Antiwords gives us an insight into the artistâ€™s process of creation as a poet, as a Â dissident playwright, as an alienated man writing letters to his wife, as well as a person for whom responsibility, truth and honesty were as indispensable as â€œa sense of humor, an ability to see things in their ridiculous and absurd dimensionsâ€. Based on a play â€˜Audienceâ€™ and its film adaptation, Antiwords will surprise and thrill you with its unique ways of expression and original music composed specifically for the performance. Noise of writing and speech combined with silence; music, dance, absurd humor; use of collage and prollage; huge heads in place of actorsâ€™ faces are skillfully used on stage to bring Havelâ€™s restless and inquisitive persona, his talent, wisdom, absurd humor and integrity, to life, for us to savor and reflect.
Under communism, Havelâ€™s plays were banned in theaters; therefore, his work was performed in the living rooms, barns, pubs, and other unexpected places, which was often called â€œapartment theater.â€ In the intimate space of Flashpoint Gallery, enjoy this very special â€œapartment styleâ€ theater ofÂ Antiwords.
The performances will be complemented by a special selection of photographs byÂ OldÅ™ich Å kÃ¡cha, a close friend and photographer of VÃ¡clav Havel. The photographs give an inside look into Havelâ€™s dissident life.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
At the opening show onÂ September 21, savor a complimentary Pilsner Urquell, a favorite beer of VÃ¡clav Havel, who spent some time working in a brewery during his dissident years, which served as inspiration for his own play â€œAudience.â€
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