Waiting Room is a scenic composition based on the memory of a place. It was originally a development of
a theatrical miniature with the same name, which formed part of an event called Journey to the Station, performed by Farm in the Cave in 2003 at Žilina-Záriečie railway station. This is the station from which Jews were deported to the concentration camps in Poland during the Second World War when Slovakia was a separate state. The same building now houses the Stanica (Station) Open Cultural Centre. Waiting-room was created by the members of Farm in the Cave on the basis of a confrontation between a present-day person and the place and its history, and of meetings with those who survived.
Viliam Dočolomanský (b. 1975), director of the scenic composition "Waiting Room", was the founder and head of the Pohyblivé divadlo Bodea (Bodea Movement Theatre) in Slovakia in 1992–1993. From 1994–1999 he studied direction at JAMU in Brno, and from 2001–2004 studied for a doctorate at DAMU in Prague under Professor Jaroslav Vostrý. In 2001 he founded Farm in the Cave International Theatre Studio in Prague. Productions and projects include Sclavi, Cesta do stanice (Journey to the Station), Sonety temné lásky (Sonnets of Dark Love) and Waiting Room. Members of the company come from thirteen different countries. The studio also leads workshops and conducts research into human expression in the speech of selected cultural minorities. In addition to working with his own company, Dočolomanský is a guest director at various theatres, and also works with cultural institutions abroad. In 2004 he and Canadian choreographer Tedd Robinson created a production entitled Cobalt Rouge in Vienna. Viliam Dočolomanský and members of Farm in the Cave have led workshops in the Czech Republic and abroad, including at the Theater Aan De Rijn in Arnhem in the Netherlands, the Centre for Theatre Practice at Gardzienize, Poland. His productions have featured in festivals in the Netherlands, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia, Poland and elsewhere. Sclavi/Emigrantova píseň (Sclavi/The Song of an Emigrant) was shown at the 2005 ‘Divadlo’ festival in Pilsen, and gained an Alfréd Radok Award for the best production of the year. This year Farm in the Cave won the main award at a festival in Rijeka, Croatia. Viliam Dočolomanský also won the 2005 Sazka/ Divadelní noviny award 2005 in the dance/ballet category, while the alternative theatre festival Next Wave chose him as Personality of the Year.
The performance is a co-production between Farm in the Cave and the NoD/Roxy Experimental Space.
The performance uses the following music as inspiration: Nani nani, Musica de mundos — De boca en boca; S tebou pod Tatrami — music: Gejza Dusík; Sim Shalom — Hatikva — Jewish sacred music; Až naše šťastie odletí – music: Gejza Dusík; Amer bish`vahin: Malka Kadisha – Atzilut – Souls on fire; Adios Nonino, Ballet Tango – Astor Piazzolla
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