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The AKCENT 2022 Festival will take place at the Archa Theatre from 16 to 27 November 2022.
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16.11. 20:00 – 21:30
17.11. 20:00 – 21:30
Jana Svobodová & coll. / Teatro NEST, Campania Teatro Festival, Neapol, Archa Theatre
In Neapolitan with Czech and English subtitles.
A documentary theatre performance
There are nine of them. They live in Naples. They love theatre. They've auditioned for Sorrentino's films, had roles in Netflix series, and were awarded an Italian Oscar for directing a short film. They aspire to write a play, to be a poet, to become a professional actor.
Alessandra works in a juice bar, Domenico polishes cars in the family business, Daniela works as a cashier in a pizza restaurant until late at night, Luigi teaches high-school economics, Lorenzo plays football for money, Alessandro is a DJ at a disco.
They want to stand out, to be the best, to be seen. They want to live their dream.
Nine young artists from the eastern, poor part of Naples. Nine personal stories in powerful metaphorical images.
In December 2021, Jana Svobodová arrived at the invitation of the Fondazione Campania dei Festival, within the framework of the project Quartieri di Vita, to work with young people from the Teatro Nest district in East Naples.
The young artists underwent an "extreme listening" workshop. It is a method that leads artists to independent creation based on the principle of mutual respect. The actors on the stage themselves control the lights and sound, they decide when they will speak. The text was created in the form of interviews with the director and will be performed in the Neapolitan dialect.
Concept, director: Jana Svobodová
Sharing their personal stories and performing on stage: Alessandro Berlino, Luigi Cardone, Luigi D’Amore, Daniela De Vita, Michele Ferrantino, Claudia Fico, Lorenzo Izzo, Alessandra Mantice & Domenico Moccia.
Dramaturgy: Andrea Velotti
Dramaturgical assistance: Ondřej Hrab
Lighting and light design: Pavel Kotlík, Desidera Angeloni
Assistant director: Romana Sekáčová
Video: Jakub Hrab
Production: Romana Sekáčová, Carla Borrelli
Translation, language assistance: Camilla Carol Farias
Special thanks: Brunella Fusco, Petra Březáčková
The production was co-produced by the Archa Theatre (Prague), Teatro Nest and Campania Teatro Festival (Neapol), Fondazione Campania dei Festival, with the support of the Czech Centre in Rome.
Premiere in Naples as part of the project Quartieri di Vita, at the Teatro Nest on 25 November 2022.
18.11. 20:00 – 21:30
Archa Theatre and Jam Factory, Lvov
Stage reading. In English and Ukrainian with Czech subtitles.
It is said that Inter arma silent musae. But is this really so? Ukrainian artists found themselves in a very difficult situation due to the Russian aggression. We watch the news from the battlefield with horror, and we simply do not hear the artists who are at war. They have lost their audience at home and their voices do not reach us.
Together with other European cultural organizations, we joined forces with our partner the art centre Jam Factory in L'viv. Its director, Bozhena Zakalyuzhna, invited several Ukrainian writers and playwrights to create new texts that would report on "ordinary lives" in the battered country.
For the Akcent Festival, we selected a text by young Ukrainian writer Anastasia Kosodii.
Eight Short Compositions from the Lives of Ukrainians for a Western Audience is a powerful emotional statement that has a modern form and at the same time deep roots in the Ukrainian cultural tradition.
For the presentation of this text, Archa chose a very modest production format, so that the stories could be heard on their own right.
Text: Anastasia Kosodii
Scenic concept: Jana Svobodová
Co-created and presented on stage by: Sofia Velez, Maria Kosiychuk, Lotta Karlsonn, Rosa Berman, Amanda Doherty
Light design: Pavel Kotlík
Assistant director, production: Romana Sekáčová
The text was created with the support of the Jam Factory Art Center, Lviv as part of the "Untitled Document" theater project.
Jam Factory Art Center
19.11. 10:00 – 16:00
What’SAP - Exchange of Social Art Practices
International conference focused on the application of documentary theatre procedures in the educational process at primary and secondary schools.
Partners: Kulturanova (Serbia), Compagnie DK-Bel (France) a ProProgressione (Hungary)
20.11. 20:00 – 21:30
A multimedia theatrical performance
The production by the Czech-German association focuses in its original way on the topic of climate change.
The year is 2500. The research team leads you on an adventurous journey to 2022, a time when dreams have come true... Look with humour five centuries back into the year 2022 and play the role of the inhabitants of the Earth at that time. You have it all and you can have more! A pocket full of junk, a purse, a bag, the living room, the whole house! To have or not to have? Asceticism or dancing on a volcano? Are you innocent victims or ruthless accomplices? What from 2022 will be necessary in ten years, what in five hundred? What's left? Trash or treasure? What about Christmas? Have you bought all your gifts yet?
Loosely inspired by the Czech cult series Visitors (1986, Ota Hoffman, Jindřich Polák).
Spielraum Kollektiv is a free theatrical group of creators around Linda Straub and Mathias Straub. They create original productions for the contemporary audience. It mainly focuses on documentary theatre and theatre with ecological themes for adults and on musical material theatre for children. Typical is the search for new possibilities of form and the involvement of the viewer to strengthen the theme, theatrical and non-theatrical interdisciplinarity.
Concept: Linda Straub, Mathias Straub, Philipp Schenker, Heda Bayer, Teresa Weiser
Director: Linda Straub
Sets and video projections: Mathias Straub
Costumes: Barbora Burdová
Performers: Linda Straub, Philipp Schenker, Heda Bayer
Light design: Michal Hór Horáček
Photo / video: Verena Russell / Martin Krupa
Production: Tereza Weiser
The Useless Things project emerged from the cooperation between Spielraum Kollektiv and Taupunkt e.V. / Off-Bühne Chemnitz and is part of the year-long +3° project, in which Spielraum Kollektiv focuses on the global climate crisis and the main ecological problems associated with it, and looks for different ways of communicating it in artistic form.
The project is supported by: Czech-German Future Fund, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Taupunkt e. V., Klub Solitaire e. V., 4+4 Days in Motion, the Archa Theatre and the Prague German Language Theatre Festival, Tandem
The premiere of the online version was presented by the Akcent Festival during the lockdown on 21 November 2020.
The premiere of the German version was presented by the Prague German Language Theatre Festival online at the Zábradlí Theatre a week earlier.
23.11. 20:00 – 00:00
Amálie Poledníčková & coll.
venue: PRAGOVKA ART DISTRICT
As you walk on the border between an art installation and a theatrical performance, you will enter a forest. The military district of Březina is an area inaccessible to the public, one that is fighting a small but persistent enemy. A small bug that the harvesters' heavy weapons come up against. The landscape is collapsing, becoming alien. Everything must be destroyed without any remains. In the darkness of the forest two foresters try to bring light to a hopeless situation. How do you revive what is dead? Lifeless pieces of old sets become concrete objects, and out of the mosaic of authentic testimonies of the men responsible, who often have opposing views, a story is born.
concept: Amálie Poledníčková
light design: Ondřej Zunt, Petr Sychra
music: Stanislav Pecháč
performers: Barbora Dolanová, Amálie Poledníčková
foresters: Radim Maleček, Přemysl Šulc
The production was created as part of the Archa Theatre residency program supported by the EEA and Norway funds. Special thanks: Divadlo na cucky, Olomouc, Jiří Krliš and Richard Andrýsek.
25.11. 20:00 – 21:00
26.11. 20:00 – 21:00
Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere / CAMPO, Belgie
In English with Czech subtitles.
"We know more about the surface of the moon than about the bottom of the ocean." This statement is often made when talking about the deep sea. Mineral wealth on land is almost exhausted, so mining companies are turning to the ocean.
The final part of the successful trilogy about mining and extraction, the two previous parts of which were presented at Archa, will take us to mining operations at the bottom of the sea.
The multimedia performance is an attempt to capture a moment that is perhaps pivotal in Earth's history. How deep can mining companies dig and what do we as human beings really want to dig up? What are the opportunities and what are the risks? What do we get from it?
In the spring of 2021, three ships gather in a remote location in the Pacific Ocean. One of them belongs to the Belgian mining company DEME-GSR. Four kilometres below the surface, their mining robot dredges the seabed, looking for metal ores. An international team of marine biologists and geologists watches closely from another ship. A third ship completes the fleet: aboard the well-known Rainbow Warrior, Greenpeace activists protest against this potential industry of the future.
From their small flat in Brussels, Silke and Hannes linked these ships via satellite. Each ship's crew represents one pillar of the public debate: industry, science and activism. From the recordings of phone calls, Silke and Hannes gradually piece together an intimate portrait of a new industry that can be both a source of hope and a threat.
The first and second parts of the trilogy Mining Stories and Pleasant Island were presented by the Archa Theatre in 2019 as part of the 4+4 and Akcent festivals.
Created and presented by: Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere
Dramaturgy: Dries Douibi
Sound mix: Lieven Dousselaere
External observer: Pol Heyvaert
Technicians: Korneel Coessens, Piet Depoortere, Koen Goossens & Babette Poncelet
Co-production: Bunker (Ljubljana), De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam), Noorderzon - Festival of Performing Arts and Society (Groningen), Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zürich), Beursschouwburg & Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris) & Festival d'Automne à Paris
27.11. 20:00 – 21:00
Bertrand Lesca a Nasi Voutsas, HOME Manchester
In English with Czech subtitles.
In this piece, Bert and Nasi dance the end of their relationship, imagining what a future without each other migt look like. Above the stage, and projected onto a screen, two parallel narratives run alongside each other: the of the earth and the end of their collaboration. In the vein of their previous work it is a poignant, sad, and funny account of the ongoing ecological crisis. Their dance is a reminder and a celebration of our own mortality and that of everything around us.
"Time unravels and stretches on into infinity, but the end has never seemed closer". Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor
“Both insistently silly and unreservedly heart-rending” Guardian ****
"like shaking your muscles out, like a long-waited exhale of a show", Ava Wong Davies, Exeunt
WINNER Total Theatre Award for Judge's Discretionary Award 2019
WINNER Be Festival's Audience's Award 2019
Bertrand and Nasi are two performance makers who met in 2015.
Devising projects in an age of austerity, their work is stripped right back and sits somewhere between live art and theatre, but if you held them against a wall they would probably say it's theatre.
In 2020, they were awarded with the Forced Entertainment Award in memory of Huw Chadbourn.
The AKCENT – International Festival of Documentary Theatre was born in 2010 at the Archa Theatre from the need to present a new theatrical form to the Czech public, one for which the term "documentary" was later established. From the very beginning, AKCENT set itself the ambition to connect European and world artists with local theatre-makers whose theatrical expression is grounded in authentic events, stories or social positions. AKCENT contributed to the development of a theatrical methodology that is not based on the interpretation of a text written in advance by a playwright. It gave impetus to a creative process directly inspired by the current social situation. AKCENT has presented the work of world-famous artists as well as prominent figures from the local scene.