Nineteen-Eighty-Nine

NINETEEN EIGHTY NINE – A REVOLUTION PRACTICE

Identity 3

Interactive drama

The revolutionary events of 1989 from today’s perspective. How has the time of the revolution influenced the Czech identity?

The aims of the performance are:

  • to question the authenticity of the revolution as a purely spontaneous event directed by the events in the street,
  • to emphasize the contrast between the life before and after the turn.

“I have a great respect for the fact that young people, who may have not been born then, are dealing with it and even see the events as worth a performance. It is a kind of a way of self-awareness and this is, of course, respectable.”
(Václav Havel, Nekultura.cz)

Two stories. First – an interactive reconstruction of the legendary negotiations between the Civic Forum and representatives of the totalitarian power (audiences become Havel, Pithart, Vondra, Panek, Adamec, or Klaus in one part of the performance). A revolution practice, which is played out by theatrical means, thus enables the audiences to experience a rough sketch of the Velvet Revolution. The second story unfolds as three university students head towards their graduation from May 1989 to June 1990.

Authentic transcripts of political negotiations from the revolutionary day are used in the performance, as recorded by Vladimír Hanzel in his Accelerated Pulse of History.

“…there are things we can simply agree on…”

Cast: Jan Grundman, Barbora Milotová, Tereza Richtrová, Sergej Sanža
Director: Jiří Honzírek
Text: Vladimír Hanzel, Jiří Honzírek, Jakub Macek, Tomáš P. Kačer
Dramaturgy: Jakub Macek
Scene design: Radka Vyplašilová
Music: Jiří Starý
Lighting: Václav Kuropata
Sound: Víťa Halška
Production: Klára Mišunová

Première 1 November 2008