Macocha

“What a pity that one has to always start with oneself.”

I am a writer. I was a writer. I used to be a wife, a mother, an intellectual. I used to be an artist. I did want. I don’t want. I see myself and I see them. My vision is blurred!

The narrator — an Elfriede Jelinek of romantic fiction — stands on a balcony at night, looking down at people. Her memories elude her and graft onto one another. On which bottle’s bottom did the child get lost, where did the love for the man fade away? One Joe, silently shadowing in the images of the past, with five actorial voices in front of him — five phases of life in a feathering identity! Revision of a feminist desire for independence, for individual right to organize one’s own life monologue, yet without barriers and awareness of its consequences?

In her latest novel Petra Hůlová, speaker of the contemporary ‘café’ intellectual literature, sets to examine her own mask of an author-analyst. She turns the leaves and pages and shots of disconnected unchronology of her career experiences. But she is feinting. She is deceiving by the density of her language and by careless sincerity. An insight into multiple tired perspectives of the story introduces a deconstruction of a woman into mere atoms – a choir categorizing and reviewing the taboos of woman’s fate in the shaky tension between self-destruction and healing self-therapy. After all, this is a live existential struggle! It is an attempt to come to terms with one’s own “sleepwalking” through the apartment of the post-capitalist freedom of choice.

About the company

tudio Hrdinů  is an open theatre space notable for its clearly defined dramaturgy and a distinctive circle of theatre collaborators. The main dramaturgical line is based on original arthouse directorial projects, with an emphasis on international productions, transcending genres and boundaries of artistic disciplines. Studio Hrdinů strives for a challenging, yet understandable dramaturgy. Formally, the production of Studio Hrdinů is drama, giving prominence to experimental approach and artistic aspects. The performance was a coproduction with HaDivadlo Brno.

Genre

Theatre / company

Studio Hrdinů

Czech title

Macocha

Author

Petra Hůlová / Kamila Polívková

Direction

Kamila Polívková

Music

Ivan Acher

Dramaturgy

Matěj Nytra

Stage design

Antonín Šilar

Costume design

Zuzana Formánková

Lighting design

Antonín Šilar

Sound design

Ivan Acher

Length of the performance

100 minutes

Stage area

middle

Number of travelling persons

13

Language

Czech

Audience

Adult

Contact

Madla Zelenková
madla.zelenkova@studiohrdinu.cz