Appearances Are Deceptive

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  • author: (Česky) Thomas Bernhard
    director: (Česky) J. Horák a M. Pěchouček
    scene: (Česky) J. Horák a M. Pěchouček, (Česky) Eliška Brtnická
    costumes: Tereza Kopecká
    music: (Česky) Natálie Pleváková
    dramaturgy: (Česky) J. Horák a M. Pěchouček

    cast: (Česky) Eliška Brtnická, (Česky) Bára Bartoňová, Ivan Lupták
    length: 70 minut

    In a monologue on the craving for absolute artistic perfection the directors have primarily accentuated the strong and almost autobiographical line, in which the leading role is given to an artist driven by circumstances into a personal and artistic cul-de-sac. He wages a self-destructive fight with loneliness and is paralysed by the unattainable perfectionism which he despotically demands from his surroundings. In their interpretation of Bernhard’s play Horák and Pěchouček intentionally entrusted the roles of two elderly brothers – an actor and an acrobat – to a single actor. The other actor in the performance is a symbolic character representing the female element and arriving from the world of physical theatre.

    In a sense, all actors are fools
    Even the greatest ones
    Even the most celebrated ones
    They run away from their mediocrity
    But mediocrity will catch up with them
    All without exception

    Copyright owner is Suhrkamp Verlag AG, Berlin.
    The bearer of the copyright to the work is represented by DILIA, theatre, literary and audiovisual agency, z.s., Krátkého 1, Prague 9.
    The copyright of Josef Balvín is represented by Aura – Pont s. r. o., Veslařský ostrov 62,
    147 00 Prague 4.
    With support by: Prague 7 City District and the State Cultural Fund of the Czech Republic

    premiere: 24. 3. 2019