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Drama The New Stage

New Atlantis

Jiří Adámek

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Stage director: Jiří Adámek
Dramaturgy: Jan Tošovský
Sets and Costumes: Antonín Šilar
Assistant set designer: Zuzana Formánková
Music: Marek Doubrava
Motion cooperation: Zuzana Sýkorová
Sound design: Jan Veselý

The current tumultuous era urges many to fantasise about a better world order. From the Silicon Valley prophets of the impending cybernetic age to the founders of local vigilante groups, everyone is living in their own utopia. Yet they fail to understand each other. The bankers, financiers, engineers, humanists and patriots use incomprehensible languages. We have lost the ability to perceive the desires, fears and feelings of those around us – and there is no dreamt-of Atlantis on the horizon. Following his acclaimed production Post-Velvet, the stage director Jiří Adámek has come up with a new play in which he broods over the situation in the Czech Republic amidst the current global turbulences. And, as he has done previously, he draws upon all kinds of documentary materials – newspaper and magazine articles, sociological and political essays, philosophy articles, also making use of conversations he has heard on public transport or in a taxi. Adámek’s productions, harbouring an extraordinary musicality, do not only represent a novel type of political theatre, they also provide a view of ourselves, from a distance and with humour.

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