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Drama The Estates Theatre

1914

stage director Robert Wilson

Information

Stage director: Robert Wilson
Sets: Robert Wilson
Lighting concept: Robert Wilson
Theme: Aleš Březina, Soňa Červená
Music: Aleš Březina
Costumes: Yashi
Stage direction cooperation: Ann-Christin Rommen
Stage deisgn assistant: Karel Kut
Light-design: AJ Weissbard
Costumes cooperation : Lucie Loosová
Video: Tomek Jeziorski
Video-animation assistant: František Pecháček
Dramaturgy: Martin Urban
Libretto: Marta Ljubková

The Good Soldier Švejk, the key novel of Czech literature and an ironic insight into war and its attendant absurdity, is creatively juxtaposed in this production with Karl Kraus’s satirical anti-war play The Last Days of Mankind. The modern-theatre wizard Robert Wilson transforms all this into a cabaret replete with scenic images, music and surprising humour in a parable not only of 1914 but also, and primarily, our life today, one hundred years after the outbreak of a terrible war that marked the real start of the 20th century. The powerful production about Europe, its optimists and pessimists (beneath the gaze of eternal Time), is a unique project in which – for the second time – the elite of Czech drama will join forces with an artist setting the direction of global theatre.

Co-production of the National Theatre Prague, Slovak National Theatre Bratislava and Vígsínház Theatre Budapest.

The production has been created in collaboration with Visegrad Fund. www.visegradfund.org

The auspices of the production have been assumed by Embassy of the United States, Prague.

A technology based on stroboscope is used in the performance.

The production is staged in czech language and english surtitles are used in the performance.

Duration of the performance: 1 hour and 40 minutes, no intermission

www.wilson1914.com

Photo Lucie Jansch

Cast

Time

Optimist

Pesimist

Complete Cast

Woman, Sister, Waitress

Woman, Waitress

Woman, Sister, Mother

Man, Doctor

Kamelot, The Good Soldier

Kamelot, Recruit-Soldier-Father

Philistine, Officer

Man, Recruit, Officer

Man, Recruit-Sldier

Musicians