International theatre studio Farm in the Cave works with actors, performers and dancers from many countries of the world, also leading workshops and engaging in theatrical research. Its productions (Sonnets of Dark Love, Sclavi/The Song of an Emigrant, Waiting Room) have won many prestigious awards both at home and at foreign festivals. The new, long-awaited production, Theatre, was preceded by detailed study of Brazilian ethnographic and musical sources. The result is a stage composition entitled Divadlo / The Theatre, based on the rhythms and dance steps with which Brazilian slaves shook off their chains and created their own world, on the border between musical production, movement theatre and drama. It is closely connected to the search for the meaning and essence of acting.
Direction, concept, choreography: Viliam Dočolomanský
Music using various motifs: Viliam Dočolomanský
Assistant directors: Hana Varadzinová, Krystyna Mogilnicka
Movement assistant: Ioana Mona Popovici
Arrangement – musical dramaturgy: Hana Varadzinová, Miriam Bayle, Viliam Dočolomanský
Percussion rehearsal: Miriam Bayle
Dramaturgy: Jana Pilátová
Assistant dramaturg: Sodja Lotker
Costume design: Barbora Erniholdová
Set design: Jana Preková
Light design: Pavel Kotlík
Roman Horák - plays the actor playing Vaqueiro
Cécile da Costa - plays an actress and a spectator
Anna Kršiaková - plays the principal who plays Capitão
Patricie Poraková - plays the actress playing Catarina, and plays a spectator
Jun Wan Kim - plays the actor playing an ox and plays a spectator
Zuzana Pavuková - plays a spectator
Hana Varadzinová - plays a spectator
Cecilia Ventriglia - plays a spectator
Eliška Vavříková - plays a spectator
Róbert Nižník - plays a spectator
Vít Halška - plays percussion and a spectator
Kateřina Eva Klimešová - plays percussion and a spectator
Adrian Ševeček / David Jánský - play percussion and spectators
Premiéra / Premiere 10 February 2010
The performance lasts 1 h. 15 min. with no interval.
This production is part of the project “The Future of European Drama Theatre – Tradition and Experiment in the Visegrad Area”.
The Theatre – This scenic composition by Farm in the Cave draws on the rhythms and dance steps through which slaves in Brazil shook off their bonds and created their own world. DIVADLO / The Theatre is also a metaphor for society and its transformations, in which we pass from one role to another – as we also pass from being a spectator to being an actor, from illusion to reality and vice versa. “Our new project is, however, once again above all associative theatre, based on experience and not literature,” Dočolomanský adds.
Once again, he has not swerved from the route followed. However, he has reached deeper as well as higher. Deeper in the solidity and precision of shapes in the individual figures, in the interconnection of rhythmic and melodic streams with bodily movement, in the composition of the individual pictures and individual parts. And higher in the philosophical dimension.
We are used to the Farm being a group of terrific performers, whose mutual harmony is a safety pre-requisite for the risky scenes, performers who can create, gradate and control the tension among themselves as well as the audience. And in Theatre, they did their best. Without a shade of doubt.
Jana Návratová, Taneční zóna
The boots fall heavily to the floor, the legs are wide open, we are aware of the naked thighs, calf muscles. Surprising stamp and step variations in a furious rhythm, supported by live percussion, create an ecstatic, Dionysian atmosphere, and provide a convincing answer to the question of the essence of theatre.
Nina Vangeli, Taneční zóna
In the provocative whirl of their message, the axis of the thought structure – a story about a bull and the eternal game of actors and audience – is a mere fragment. As well as being a brilliant parody of our historising ideas and clichés about commedia dell´arte, Elizabethian, Spanish, or any other theatre, Theatre is the ancient and never-ending story of man, his love, passion, jealousy, revenge, death and vanity. Under the feet of the dancers, out of the stamping of their steps, the eyes of ancient African gods come alive, the prayers of their Brazilian offspring can be heard, and our innermost thoughts awaken as well.
Julie Kočí, Taneční zóna
Viliam Dočolomanský (born 1976) – Director and manager of the Farm in the Cave theatre studio. He studied drama direction at JAMU in Brno, going on to pursue a doctorate at DAMU in Prague. Between 1991 and 1993 he founded and led the Bodea Moving Theatre, and worked in Czech and Slovak theatres. In 2001 he formed and founded the Farm in the Cave International Theatre Studio in Prague, with which he has produced Sonnets of Dark Love (2002), Journey to the Station (in cooperation with Truc Spherique; a theatrical event for performers from 13 countries, Žilina 2003) the project Voices of the East (2004) Sclavi / Song of an Emigrant (2005), Waiting Room (2006), Farm in the Cave – WORK DEMO / 2007. Since 1994 he has taught at the Ida Kelarová International School for the Human Voice, lead workshops in the Czech Republic and abroad (the Netherlands, Korea, Poland, Germany, Argentina, UK, US, Brazil, Colombia etc.). He has worked with Nigeruab choreographer Olu Taiwo, Canadian choreographer Ted Robinson (ImPulsTanz, Vienna), Swedish choreographer and dancer Charlotte Ofverholm, Ukrainian singer and actor Mariana Sadovska, director J. A. Pitinský on his production of Markéta Lazarová (National Theatre, Prague) and Korean director Yung Ung Yangom.
Viliam Dočolomanský has written the music for several of his productions, writes for specialist periodicals, and lectures and works for the DAMU theatre school’s Research Institute for Dramatic and Stage Work.
Farm in the Cave – An international theatre studio focusing on the creation and development of and research into human expression. It defines itself using the relationships between me – you, body, voice, culture – nature, public – intimacy, research – creation. It seeks to articulate physically what cannot be expressed in words or any other medium. It finds inspiration in the irregular terrains of music, the torsos of culture, human contact, the architecture of space and personal testimony. The group expresses itself in relation to issues that are personally and socially important to its members. It works under the leadership of its founder, director Viliam Dočolomanský. Farm in the Cave’s work encompasses not only the creation of productions, but also educative activity, basic research into the actor’s art and into the art of selected cultural minorities.
The studio first took shape in 2001 during preparations for the project Lorca in Prague. The name Farm in the Cave is a literal translatio of the Arab word daimuz, the name given to Lorca’s family farm. Farm in the Cave has won a number of prestigious international and Czech awards.