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 Václav Havel’s Audience and its legendary film adaptation
Featuring: Miřenka Čechová and Jindřiška Křivánková
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 the Spitfire Company (Cz) and Sivan Eldar in Antiwords, inspired by Václav Havel’s celebrated one-act play Audience and performed by prominent Czech physical theater actresses Miřenka Čechová, whose show S/he is Nancy Joe was named the “Best of 2012 in Contemporary Dance” by the Washington Post, and Jindřiška Křivánková in the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. This original work by Miřenka Čechová explores the issue of individual integrity, morality and responsibility, employing a collage of visual imagery, poetry, voice, and music to create an impression.
Antiwords gives us an insight into the artist’s process of creation as a poet, as a 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 “a sense of humor, an ability to see things in their ridiculous and absurd dimensions”. Based on a play ‘Audience’ 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 actors’ faces are skillfully used on stage to bring Havel’s restless and inquisitive persona, his talent, wisdom, absurd humor and integrity, to life, for us to savor and reflect.
Under communism, Havel’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 “apartment theater.” In the intimate space of Flashpoint Gallery, enjoy this very special “apartment style” theater of Antiwords.
The performances will be complemented by a special selection of photographs by Oldřich Škácha, a close friend and photographer of Václav Havel. The photographs give an inside look into Havel’s dissident life.
At the opening show on September 21, savor a complimentary Pilsner Urquell, a favorite beer of Václav Havel, who spent some time working in a brewery during his dissident years, which served as inspiration for his own play “Audience.”
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