19:00 (departure from Brno at 15:00)
Where: Burgtheater Wien
Who: Burgtheater Wien
The section of the Theatre World Brno programme devoted to ancient drama productions is also a tribute to two prominent figures of (not only) the Brno theatre scene who sadly passed away in 2019. The first of them is undoubtedly the most important expert on ancient theatre and drama in the Czech Republic – Prof. Eva Stehlíková. Knowing the dedication of this dramaturgical section is to “Lady Eva” (as she was nicknamed with love by us, her friends), our hands began trembling slightly – those who encountered “Lady Eva” and her opinions know very well that there were few things she was as allergic to as to “ancient productions as they were in ancient times”, and that to the question: “Which ancient play would you recommend?” she liked to answer: “None!” “Why perform something ¨from ancient times¨? Why do we perform something that was created more than two thousand years ago in a different part of the world for an audience that had different requirements for theatre and other experiences in life?” she wrote concisely in her excellent book on Czech productions of ancient works Co je nám po Hekubě. When Martin Čičvák solved the obsolescence of the Czech translations of Antigone for his staging at the Mahen drama theatre by transforming the Slovak translation by Feldek into Czech (something which would make the hair stand up on the necks of most classical philologists), Eva Stehlíková stated that it “is a somewhat non-standard procedure but it fulfilled its purpose perfectly.” For her, lively and communicative theatre was always more important than “philological anxiety”. Therefore, we hope that when viewing our selection of productions she would “forgive us” for this dedication.