The stage composition Europeans captures the European feeling of disorientation, loss of confidence and the disintegration of a joint cultural and ideological base. The libretto is composed of newspaper headlines, media catchphrases and period clichés. It reveals the ubiquity of the media and its attempts to politicise our life. Europeans is reminiscent of a musical composition in its consruction. It is based not on a script in the traditional sense of the word, but more on a libretto or voice score. Instead of speeches and dialogues the building blocks are words, fragments of words, sounds and noises. The speech is non-original, overheard, recycled.
"...out of the splinters of information so typical of contemporary means of communication there emerges a unique postmodern concept. It bears witness to the impentrability and confusion of the world on one hand, and the banality that accompanies this state of affairs. The building material of this precisely- structured production is the word which breaks down into "prime factors" -consonantes, syllables, sounds from which the director literally extracts musicality and rhythm.
(by Jana Machalická, Lidové noviny)
"Another step by Jiří Adámek on the path to a stylised - almost aestheticised - technocratic theatre. The subject of Europe and the Europeans floats to the surface slowly and discreetly. Adámek is ironic, mordant, sometimes cynical. But not negativistic. He poses questions, opens wounds, but leaves the connections to the audience."
(by Vladimir Hulec, MF DNES)
The climax is a passage in which the European"we" gush with pathos over their (our) own humanity and broadmindedness. The endlessly repeated and broken sentences "we have compensated... we have rectified... we have atoned... we have replaced... we have forgiven..." for several minutes changes to spirit of the whole piece. The blasé smile of leadership suddenly becomes a painfuzl realisation of self-deception.
(by Petr Ferenc, A2)
Libretto, Musical, Composition and Direction:
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