Regulating Intimacy - Twelve actors from DAMU theatre school produced this open confession with director Jiří Havelka as their graduation production in their fourth year at the Faculty of Alternative and Puppet Theatre: "I'm pissed off by my own lack of ability, I'm pissed off that I'm even thinking about my lack of ability, I'm pissed off at DAMU, I'm pissed off by acting, I'm pissed off that I didn't get out while I could, I'm pissed off that I can't be with my friends and be myself, I'm pissed off that I'm always pretending, that I always have to look happy even when I'm worried. I'm pissed off that it takes up so much energy." In their answers to the very personal questions "What are you ashamed of?", "What do you love?", "What are you sorry about?", and "What are your hopes?", the boundary between theatre character and actual person becomes blurred.
It is this thin line between an actor's stylisation and personal input. The process of a primaeval experience being transformed into more general shorthand, the balance between the rational and the emotional - this, of course, is what both attracts and provokes the audience. In addition, this experience is inspiring in that each member of the audience starts, involuntarily, to play this game with his- or herself.
(by Jana soprová, Czech Radio)
What occurs is an act of theatrical therapy - you might also say, with a certain degree of pathos, a miracle. We, the audience, do not remain mere voyeurs; the honesty of the actors attacks our weakness and traumas and brings them to the surface. After the ninety-minute production , the finale - n which the curtain opens and the cast, with clown accessories (noses, moustaches, glasses) perform a short "amusing number" that in view of the previous events comes over as more sarcastic - I had the feeling that I had experienced an intensive forty-minute emotional tornado.
(by Jan Kerbr, Divadelní noviny)
[pmg]22nd International Festival Theatre Pilsen Booklet (printed edition)