Folk Piece An associative stream of pictures that freely and easily combines singing, text fragments and simple situations. A small form inspired by voice band, cabaret and grotesques. The three-actor voice band on a small podium with no demands as to climax, punchline or literality represents a possible fulfilment of the theatrical imagination.
// Credits //
Direction: Ivana Uhlířová, Michal Kern, Miloslav König
Dramaturgy: Tereza Marečková
Ivana Uhlířová, Michal Kern, Miloslav König
Premiere 3th October 2016
// Authors //
Ivana Uhlířová (1980) Studied acting at the conservatory in Ostrava. She has worked in many theatres both at home and abroad, above all the Divadlo Komedie, the Schauspielhaus in Zurich, Meetfactory and, recently, mostly Studio Hrdinů. She has twice won the Alfréd Radok Award, first as Talent of the Year in 2006 and four years later for best female performance as Alžběta in Faith, Love, Hope at Divadlo Komedie.
Michal Kern (1979) Studied acting at DAMU, and has passed through many theatres, with two years at the Činoherní studio in Ústí and guest appearances at the Divadlo Komedie, Klub Mlejn, Meetfactory and A Studio Rubín. He also worked at the Theatre in Celetná for several years, and has worked with Divadlo Letí and with the physical theatre Teatro Novogo Fronta. Since 2011 he has been a member of the 3D Company. He currently appears in Czech theatres from the National Theatre to the Studio Hrdinů.
Miloslav König (1984) Studied acting at DAMU and has worked in theatres from the National Theatre to basement spaces. In terms of genre, he covers a wide range from musicals to small independent productions. He won the Theatre Critics Award in 2014 for best male performance for his role as Václav Havel in the production Velvet Havel. He also regularly makes guest appearances in performances of Masopust, and works in Meetfactory and Studio Damúza.
Masopust Theatre Company: Masopust, whose name comes from the Czech word for the Lent carnival, is an independent theatre that has existed since 2008. It focuses on difficult, often poetic tests. During the renovation of the Divadlo Na zábradlí, where Masopust had a permanent stage in the Eliadova knihovna, Masopust has a temporary home in the Divadlo Komedie.
// Press //
More than anything else, Folk Piece is something like absurd and abstract theatre poetry (…) It does not deny that it is a cheerful little curio, put together using copy-paste out of various snippets of text and deliberately incongruous actions. Instructions on how to behave so as to make the proper impression on those around us, absurdities and ponderings on the film Titanic, to the skimpy red knickers that Kern, out of nowhere, but to general alarm, pulls out of his colleague’s pocket. The three actors spend most of the time huddled together on a tiny podium, here and there striking a scenic pose, at other times pushing their shy colleague forward to the microphone. It all ends with the two gentlemen literally piling on Uhlířová in the corner. Yes, it was demented. I found it great fun. Let’s have more demented theatre, please.
Vladimír Mikulka, nadivadlo.blogspot.cz
This is theatre packed full of energy, with charismatic actors and a precisely-constructed production. It is playful, but not pointless, amusing, but not pandering, stimulating but not hand-holding. True “folklore of internal corruption”.
Barbora Etlíková, Divadelní noviny
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