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© 2019 by FLAB.

THEATRE & PERFORMANCES

In the beginning, there is an idea, personal experience, passage of a musical piece, visual experience or another impulse. Artistic language of each production is created through continuous experimentation and play. The text is not based on a pre-written screenplay and is equivalent to other theatrical components. Light, sound and video art are equal parts to articulated text.

CREATIVE STARTING POINTS 

The motivation for FLAB artistic activities is always personal commitment of every member of the creative team.

Each FLAB team member excels in specific skills - music, video art, theatre language or stage action. The interaction of these compositions defines the entire creative process and the involvement of other participants. Every new production is an original shape formed by close cooperation of all artistic approaches. The production builds on the diversity of input information. FLAB works with professionals and people who are "experts on life".

  • Lights, video and sound are all just as important as acting, directorial and dramaturgical work.

  • Working with people who do not have any artistic training can be artistically beneficial than working with professionals.

  • Experiment and game form a creative starting point for individual theatrical components.

 

Russkies? / Rusáci?

Jan Burian Jr., Jaroslav Hrdlička, Jana Svobodová and collective / FLAB

A documentary theatre production based on experimenting with media and a combination of various theatrical approaches. Personal testimonies, video art, choreography and music and a variable stage define a playground for three performers and one commentator. The project was initiated by posing a question: Who are the young Russians living in the Czech Republic? How do they feel about the Czech trauma caused by the invasion of August 1968? The show does not attempt another tedious analysis of the events of 1968. It does not seek the culprits in an attempt to pillory them. Different historical experiences are reflected in emotional images. The stage is a space where memory can be recovered. The show is relativizing stereotypes, destroying clichés and disrupting patterns. It follows the path outlined by prejudices, myths, love, hate, fear and courage.

STAGE

is a space where memory can be recovered...

Topic: Jan Burian Jr. 
Concept and commentary: Jana Svobodová 
Video: Jaroslav Hrdlička
Performers: Marina Sokol, Inga Mikshina Zotova, Roman Mikshin Zotov, Jana Svobodová
Music, sound design: Jan Burian 
Lights: Lukáš Benda
Choreography: Inga Mikshina Zotova, Roman Mikshin Zotov
Dramaturgy: Ondřej Hrab

Technical support: Dominik Hradil 

Special thanks: Michaela Stoilova, Viktor Stoilov, Olga Heldenburg, Tatiana Smirnova

English subtitles: Mike Baugh

Premiere: August 21, 2018 at Archa Theatre, Prague

Length: 70 minutes

Presented in Czech and Russian with English subtitles

Available for touring

Trailer:

 

Ordinary People / Obyčejní lidé

Jana Svobodová, Wen Hui & comp.

A Joint theatre project by Archa Theatre and the Living Dance Studio, an independent theatre in Beijing.

Meeting of Czech and Chinese stories on one stage. Tales of desire, cruelty, joy, blood, unhealed traumas, love and death are narrated in parallel by various theatrical means. Music, dance, video art and light design are created by Czech and Chinese artists together directly in front of the viewers' eyes in a constantly changing scene. Apparently, business with China is more important for ordinary people than are the human rights. That's what politicians say. What is it like when Czechs and Chinese tell their "ordinary" stories?

Directed by: Jana Svobodová, Wen Hui

Performers: Wen Hui, Vladimír Tůma, Jing Fan/ Li Yu Yao, Philipp Schenker, Wen Luyuan, Jan Burian, Pan Xiaonan, Jaroslav Hrdlička and Pavel Kotllík

Dramaturgy: Ondřej Hrab assisted by Lonneke van Heugten, Carmen Mehnert
Music, sound design: Jan Burian Jr.
Lights: Pavel Kotlík 

Video: Jaroslav Hrdlička

Production: Archa Theatre

Co-production: Hellerau European Centre for the Arts Dresden as part of the European project Theatron

Premiere: January 22, 2017 (Archa Theatre, Prague) and January 27, 2017 (Hellerau, Dresden) 

Length: 90 minutes 

Presented in Czech and Chinese with English subtitles 

Available for touring

On Tour 2019:

Festival d'Avignon, Avignon, France, 16 – 23 July 2019

Festival d'Automne, Paris, France, 5 – 9 November 2019

L'Apostrophe, Scene national, Cergy Pontoise, France, 20 – 21 November 2019

Festival Next, La Rose des Vents, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France, 26 – 27 November 2019

Teatro Municipal, Porto, Portugal, 30 November 2019

Click here for interview with Jana Svobodová & Wen Hui talking about the Ordinary People performance at the Festival d'Avignon 2019.

Trailer:

 

New Bohemia - In the Middle of America

Jana Svobodová, Phillip Schenker & FLAB collective

A Documentary Theater Performance created with the citizens of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Co-produced by Archa Theatre Prague Czech Republic and the Legion Arts Center, Cedar Rapids, USA

 

The performance is built on a three-dimensional level. It takes us on an internal journey to one’s soul and external journey around the world through photography studio in the New Bohemia quarter of Cedar Rapids, USA. 

Photographer creates portraits of his neighbours - descendants of Czech migrants and immigrants from all over the world. Throughout photographer’s pictures his studio metamorphoses into a living organism where images and music recreate life on the stage, revealing fascinating real-life stories of people and human beings’ undeniable connection to each other regardless to the country of origin. It alters our perception of each other as humans, changes our understanding of the powers we hold and the capacity to make an impact on the world we live in. 

Concept: Jana Svobodová, Philipp Schenker, Ondřej Hrab
Director: Jana Svobodová
Dramaturgy: Ondřej Hrab
Music, sound design: Jan Burian Jr.
Video: Jakub Hrab
Video portraits: David Van Allen
Assistant director: Valida Babayeva
Performing (live): Minny Deol Olson, David Van Allen, Chad Willer
Performing (virtual): Ashley Pudil, John Rocarek, Marj Nejdl, Tambwe Kitungano, Masemo Ruharuka Abel, Paul, Carolyn, Luke Stofer
Special thanks to: Anne Dugger, Rodney Oman Bradley, Jaroslav Hrdlička, Supported by the U.S. Embassy in Prague.
World Premiere: November 12, 2016 at International Festival of Documentary Theatre AKCENT, Archa Theatre, Prague

 

Length: 75 mins

Presented in English

Available for touring

Trailer:

 

Matters, doesn't matter / Vadí, nevadí

Jana Svobodová, Phillip Schenker & FLAB collective

Project of documentary theatre involving local inhabitants from a small town in Northern Bohemia, Kostelec. In this town there are three different groups of people living together: local white Czechs, the Roma community and immigrants living in the refugee camp. These three groups don‘t communicate with each other nor don‘t like each other. Most of the misunderstandings come from not knowing the other culture and historical background.

Theatre makers kept returning to this area for more than year to get to know the locals better. The team spent the whole summer on the town square with their pop-out theatre kiosk interviewing various citizens of Kostelec and gathering their stories. 

Through the interviews they have learnt about their stories and began to form a screenplay. After a year-long series of workshops with Romas, refugees, school children and teachers there was a showing of their stage work taking place directly in the town of Kostelec. 

Concept and set: Jana Svobodová, Philipp Schenker 

Director: Jana Svobodová

Music: Michael Romanyshyn, Jan Burian Jr.

Video: Jaroslav Hrdlička 

Light design: Pavel Kotlík

Sound design: Jan Burian Jr.

Dramaturgy: Lonneke van Heugten, Ondřej Hrab 

Dramaturgical assistance: Anna Lengyel 

Music cooperation: Ted van Leeuwen 

Production assistant: Markéta Prchalová


Performers: Pavlína Halušková, Hana Charvátová, Richard Janša, Vojtěch Rejchrt, Bára Konířová, Tomáš Jovnáš, Maruška Halušková, Nikola Čonková, Kevin Bundal, Hanna Sharypa, Yauhen Sumouski, Philipp Schenker, Jan Burian, Jaroslav Hrdlička


Special thanks: Jing Lu, Petra Čechová, Jiří Němec, Luboš Lerch, Jana Nováková, Soňa Luňáčková, Pavlína Halušková, Tereza Veselá, Michael Romanyshyn, musicians of the Allstar Refjúdží Band:Adrian Ševeček, Philippe Leforestier, Lukáš Mičko, Kryštof Verner


The project was created in cooperation with the Guth-Jarkovsky Elementary School in Kostelec nad Orlicí and with support of the town of Kostelec nad Orlicí. Matter-Doesn’t Matter was part of the European Documentary Theatre Project Karaoke Europe.

 

Beginning of project: June 2012

Premiere: February 11, 2014 at Archa Theatre, Prague

Trailer:

Making of: