Solo lamentoso – Sláva Daubnerová – director, author, performer and actor – deals in her solo projects with the real fates of women who left a distinctive mark behind. In her latest solo performance she describes the story of an apparently forgettable woman who fights against the barking of the neighbour’s dog by listening to music. However, a banal dispute between neighbours grows into an open battle between a lonely woman and almost the whole town. Mrs. Eva N. has been listening to the same aria over and over again for the last fourteen years, to the displeasure of the inhabitants of Štúrovo and the interest of tourist and the media. Daubnerová uses the case to look at the theme of the battle between the individual and society. If in previous projects video projections had almost become one of Daubnerová’s stage partners, their position is taken over here by a multi-layered sound track consisting of the actual testimony of Eva N., authentic statements by her neighbours, recordings of news reports, the Placido Domingo aria and original music. The authentic documentary material, in combination with the artificial medium of the choreography and lighting design, create a production on the boundary of documentary, movement and artistically-stylised theatre.
// Credits //
Direction, set, costumes Sláva Daubnerová
Choreography Renata Ptačin
Music Matej Gyárfáš
Lighting design Slavomír Šmálik
Premiere December 18th, 2015
// Author //
Sláva Daubnerová (1980) – Graduated in cultural studies from Comenius University in Bratislava, going on to study for a PhD at the VŠMU theatre faculty in Bratislava. Since 2006 she has been creating monodramatic compositions on the border between theatre and performance, going beyond the genre of drama by using new media, movement and a deconstructive treatment of the text, as well as projects in cooperation with guest actors, dancers, choreographs, musicians and visual artists. She produces her projects under the P.A.T. trademark, which she founded as a professional independent platform for contemporary theatre, dance and new media. In 2006 she produced her first solo project, drawing on the diaries of Louise Bourgeois, Whole, which won the special jury award for stage concept and direction at the New Drama festival in 2007. In 2007, using Müller’s work Hamletmachine, she produced a spatial multimédia installation of the same name, and in 2008 a stage concept called Polylogue based on Jon Fosse’s novel Melancholy. Her project M.H.L, a documentary monodrama inspired by the life and work of the director Magda Husáková Lokvencová, has also appeared at the Theatre festival and in 2010 was the Discovery of the Season in the prestigious critics’ survey, Dosky, finding itself among the three finalists nominated in the Production of the Season category. Her creation, as director and actor, of the figure of Magda Husáková also won the Annual Award of the Literary Fund in the field of theatre and dramatic work, and at the end of the year M.H.L. was nominated as one of the three theatrical events of the year in the daily SME’s annual cultural awards. In 2011 she begame the most popular theatre artist under 33 in a survey of theatre faculty students from the VŠMU in the Theatre Studies Dionysia. In 2011 she created the production Iluminarium (a cabinet of curious phenomena), inspired by paranormal phenomena, and in the same year, together with Pavel Graus, she created the musical performance Some Disordered Interior Geometries, based on the poetry of Heiner Müller and his wife Inge. Her solo performace inspired by Francesca Woodman’s photographs, Untitled (2012), gained a Dosky award for Best Production in the 2012/2013 season, and was nominated in the categories of best direction and best actress, as well as gaining an award for best light design at the KioSK 2013 festival. As an actress and performer she has taken part in international site-specific projects (TransForma 2009, Thalia Theater Halle) and artistic residences (the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Le Tas de Sable – Ches Panses Vertes in Amiens). In 2011 she gaiend a Berliner Festspiele stipend at the Internationales Forum des Theatertreffens in Berlin. As a director she has worked with HaDivadlo.(Twilight of the Males), the State Theatre in Kosice (the opera 66 Seasons), the Slovak National Theatre (Ten Commandments – No. 4), with Divadlo Letí (Against Progress. Against Love. Against Democracy), with the Divadlo Archa (Rebellion), the National Theatre (the opera Orango & Antiformalist Fair), with the State Opera in Prague (Roméo et Juliette) etc.
// Press //
Solo lamentoso is a real fusion of an original theme with expressive choreography, evocative music, energetic light design and an attractive performative interpretation.
Katarína Cvečková, Časopis kod
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