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3 faces of freedom - support of cultural diversity in Ústí nad Labem

Department 58 – International Relations
Department 58 – International Relations


RegionÚstí nad Labem Region
Title of the ProgrammeCultural Heritage and Contemporary Art - programme area no. 17
Title of the Project3 faces of freedom - support of cultural diversity in Ústí nad Labem
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Objective of the Project

The main goal of this project is to continue with the 42 years of tradition of the original Činoherní studio města Ústí nad Labem and to bring live culture in the form of quality drama to wide public. The city of Ústí nad Labem lost its stage dedicated to studio drama in the beginning of this year. Closing down the theatre was sudden and the inhabitants of both the city and the region, despite their massive solidarity with the theatre company (a petition with more than 22.000 signatures, a public rally in support of the theatre with almost 1.000 participants), lost their possibility of visiting a permanent professional drama stage. The project wants to continue the interpretation of both current and classical authors with modern conceptions in mind the same way it used to be done before the theatre company was disbanded. Činoherní studio has always been considered an independent progressive stage and the project would therefore like to follow this reputation both in casting, which counts with the engagement of the members of the disbanded company, and primarily with the art director Filip Nuckolls being in charge of stage direction and Vladimír Čepek in charge of literary management. The dramatic theme itself is subtitled "Three different faces of freedom" and it should both follow the current problems of the regional capital, which has one of the highest unemployment rates in the Czech Republic resulting in specific structural and social problems, and reflect the situation, where the whole Czech society has evolved 25 years after the "Velvet Revolution". The first premiere will be a drama by German authors Andres Veiel and Gesine Schmidt "Der Kick" based on an actual event, when a 16 year old boy was killed by his peers, who openly professed their sympathy to the right-wing extremism. This document is trying to find the roots of aggression, resignation and the loss of illusion in reaction to historical changes not limited only to Eastern Germany. The next play represents a new staging of one of the most influential novels of the 20th century – The Castle by Franz Kafka. A grotesque story of land surveyor K., who comes to a certain village with a clear goal. A goal whose sense is gradually diluted with K. being unable to find answers for his questions and cope with the confusing government hierarchy. The third performance – a new adaptation of Don Quijote by Miguel de Cervantes – should border drama and Cirque Nouveau. One of the most famous works of world literature describes the folly, the wandering and the valiant struggle for personal ideals with no regards for the reality. The dramatic interpretation of this diverse trilogy will reflect current trends in dramatic art, such as using the elements of Cirque Nouveau, co-operating with a light designer, and using video projection or modern scenography. Despite all that, the essential element of the performances will lie in the strong interpretative abilities of directors Filip Nuckolls and Thomas Zielinski and acting qualities of members of Činoherák Ústí, an upholder to the original theatrical company that has been awarded with several prizes in the past.

Approved grant

approximately 147 170 EUR

Project DurationStart date: 1st November 2014, End date: 30th June 2016