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Laterna magika

Robot Radius

The New Stage
Premiere production
Modern adaptation
Contemporary Theatre
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  • September
  • October
    September 2021

    Friday 10. 9.
    20:00

    Tickets available

    1. premiere
    Premiere
    Premiere production
    Modern adaptation

    Saturday 11. 9.
    20:00

    Tickets available

    2. premiere
    Premiere
    Premiere production
    Modern adaptation
    October 2021

    Thursday 7. 10.
    20:00

    Tickets available

    Basic information

    Venue

    The New Stage

    Premiere

    September 10, 2021

    Starring Radim Vizváry, direction Miřenka Čechová. The production Robot Radius was created in collaboration with the Office of the Commissioner General for the Participation of the Czech Republic in the Dubai EXPO. 

    It is inspired by Karel Čapek’s sci-fi drama R.U.R., premiered a century ago. The legacy of the great writer and humanist is brought to life on our stage through the prism of 21st–century artists.

    Cast

    • 2020-2021
    • 2021-2022

    Creatives

    Screen play and Stage director
    Miřenka Čechová
    Visual dramaturgy
    Amador Artiga
    Costumes
    Marek Cpin
    Light design
    Karel Šimek

    About

    The production Robot Radius has arisen from a free dialogue with Karel Čapek’s drama R.U.R., which premiered a century ago. The themes the writer tackled are viewed through the prism of the 21st century, its new challenges and tendencies, such alarming phenomena as climate change, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering … Our hero is a scientist, the last surviving person on the devastated Earth. He faces a harrowing dilemma, as he has to make a decision on behalf of the entire, annihilated, humanity – to transform from physical into digital man. The doubts the scientist has are perhaps the final thing that links his mind to the essence of human existence, which he voluntarily renounces. Yet it may not be the case and the taking of the irreversible decision is a new, unavoidable stage of development, an evolutionary leap he simply has to make in order to save humanity.

    The production experiments with augmented reality, applying the motion capture technology, whereby the movement of the performer shows on the screen in real time by means of sensors fixed on his body. The actor is thus able to shape the picture directly. Interactive too is the live music, as played by the guitarist Michal Pavlíček, with the capture of the sound triggering or changing that which is unfurling on the screen.

    The project was created in collaboration with the Office of the Commissioner General for the Participation of the Czech Republic in the Dubai EXPO 2020.

    For our megalomania, for someone’s profits, for progress, I don’t know for what tremendous things we have killed humanity.” 
    (Karel Čapek, R.U.R.) 

     

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    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    The National Theatre offers tickets for August –⁠ October 2021

    Tickets for October on sale from July 1st.

    When purchasing online, we will send you an E-ticket by e-mail. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

    According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.

    What to wear?

    By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

    Parking at the National Theater

    While visiting The National Theatre and the New Stage You can use nearby secure car parks:
    Kotva department store (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh.
    Palladium department store (Na Poříčí 1079/3a, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh, or to the Powder Gate through Celetná street to Ovocný trh.

    From the beginning of April 2020, the underground car park is closed due to reconstruction. The length of the reconstruction is estimated at a year and a half.

     

    Buffets on the New Stage

    Use Café Nona for refreshments on the New Stage.