A run-through of the 20th-century Europe in two hours? With the right format, it’s possible – and the Prague "Theatre on the Balustrade" has found it with this work by the celebrated Czech author, Patrik Ouředník. Europeana has enthralled international audiences and has been translated into over twenty languages. Ouředník turns the 20th century into a literary figure for whom key historical events are just as important as the banal things of everyday life. In a one long breath, the Holocaust, the invention of the bra, dadaism, the atomic bomb and cycling are juxtaposed. This not only opens up completely new perspectives, but also makes absurd, unexpected, even tragi-comic, connections.
In his staging, director Jan Mikulášek condenses Ouředník’s image of Europe into a company meeting in which eight (initially) serious actors talk about and experience history. In the meeting room with adjacent smoking room, the great catastrophes of humanity take place in detail. Briefcases, coffee cups and piles of paper play a very special role. Mikulášek, whose has an artistic affinity with Christoph Marthaler, uses skilful recordings and live music to create rich associations.
Czech with German and English surtitles
Set / Costumes Marek Cpin
Dramaturgy Dora Viceníková
24 + 25 May 2019
Honza Hájek, Petr Jeništa, Dita Kaplanová, Jiří Kniha, Miloslav König, Anežka Kubátová, Magdaléna Sidonová, Jiří Vyorálek