KEEP CALM – 23. 2. / 18:00 / ALFRED VE DVOŘE

23. 2. / 18:00 / ALFRED VE DVOŘE


We’re more than #nature. We’re more than #animals. The #world belongs to us – after all, we created the institute of ownership, and many other things to go with it. #Heroism, for instance. We have our dreams, our #shadows and our imagination. We live the life we created for ourselves. Perhaps that’s why our ideas about the world fall apart, why nobody is willing to accept this reality and why we take painkillers. #Absurd. Perhaps we’re slowly realising, and so we laugh and reflect on whatever we think needs reflecting. #Likes and #shares are not enough.

Most of our problems come from one source. We come from one source. Sometimes, when we look out of our #bubble, the reality we live in, we witness infinity. I am a #human, a wise individual, a family member, a friend, a hero. I am a leader, a component, an agent, a destroyer, I am everything. Who am I? Where do I come from, who do I belong to? Do I belong to the world? Once, I will die and become the Earth, an animal, the universe. And then what?

“Keep calm and carry on” – a war motto adopted by the internet and turned into a universal piece of advice, applicable to any situation. So too this work searches for a universal user’s guide to life. Two performers, alone and yet together, invite the audience to share feelings that are not entirely foreign to them. At times it looks like #chaos, but in the end, it is no more chaotic than our own lives – a tangle of songs, mottos, slogans and memes. In an alienated world of sharing, in the world of irony, kitsch, joy and sadness.

Anyway, keep having #fun…

Created by: Sára Arnstein, Jiří Šimek
Dramaturgical Collaboration: Marta Ljubková
Light Design: Tomáš Morávek, Štěpán Hejzlar
Scenographic Collaboration: Marie Gourdain
Noises/sounds/audio recordings: Jiří Šimek, Sára Arnstein
Music: Tomáš Vtípil
Producer: Marianna Slováková

Performing: Sára Arnstein, Jiří Šimek

Premiere: 28.9. 2017, divadlo Alfred ve dvoře
Supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, State Fund for Culture, Prague 7 City District.
Further supported by: Motus, producers of the Alfred ve dvoře theatre,
Residence support: Cooltour Ostrava, Divadlo na cucky, Industra STAGE, Kredance ( v lese & Švestkový dvůr Malovice) and Studio ALTA.

69 min / in Czech with english text

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