This year´s festival theme, Climate Change, is a way for us to create a completely specific space of ideas for our spectators in which we will try to present in various ways how theatre and its creators react, name and perceive the “changing” social climate that we are currently experiencing. Although the main programme of the festival is concentrated in Brno’s theatre buildings, we have selected a few unique projects that will give you the opportunity to enjoy theatre in “other settings”, including an open offer (not an obligation) to become a part of individual performances.

 

For the opening of the festival we have prepared for you the dance project The Noosphere, or Ice Cream Andante for Dancers and a Fountain, in which we will bring to life the area of the piazzetta in front of the Janáček Theatre. František Chaloupka´s composition takes the main role in a composition created for a fountain, 12 dancers, 33 ice cream scoops, a sunset and an unlimited number of spectators.

This year´s festival theme, Climate Change, is a way for us to create a completely specific space of ideas for our spectators in which we will try to present in various ways how theatre and its creators react, name and perceive the “changing” social climate that we are currently experiencing. Although the main programme of the festival is concentrated in Brno’s theatre buildings, we have selected a few unique projects that will give you the opportunity to enjoy theatre in “other settings”, including an open offer (not an obligation) to become a part of individual performances.

 

For the opening of the festival we have prepared for you the dance project The Noosphere, or Ice Cream Andante for Dancers and a Fountain, in which we will bring to life the area of the piazzetta in front of the Janáček Theatre. František Chaloupka´s composition takes the main role in a composition created for a fountain, 12 dancers, 33 ice cream scoops, a sunset and an unlimited number of spectators.

 

By way of contrast, you can expect a very intimate and unusual experience at the Art Nouveau Löw-Beer Villa. The performance of Dům v jabloních (The House Among Apple Trees) will take you to a celebratory vernissage in 1933, where you will have the chance to become both an active observer and also a co-actor in a story which will take place before your very eyes. For the first time at the festival we will present a work in the “immersive theatre” format, in which theatregoers are involved in the plot and find themselves on the border between a theatre production and an art installation.

 

The industrial areas near Vlhká Street will house another immersive project, Fertility! Peace! And Wealth!, which is, among other things, part of another programme section that presents ancient works. Aristophanes´s comedies, in this case, have become the basis for a very original journey by spectators and actors alike upon mythical Olympus. They clearly address the current Greek (or European) crisis, the desire to restore the wealth of this suddenly impoverished southern European country. Greek gods who can drive a bus, recite and steal will accompany you on this mythical island of freedom.

 

A bus, or rather an “Autobuf”, is used as another non-theatrical space in which it will be possible to view two very distinctive Divadlo Bufet theatre productions by the director Jan Kačena, Unhappy happy and Jacek staví dům (Jacek Builds a House). They are intended for the bravest of spectators – people who are not afraid of oppressive spaces and even more oppressive topics. They will be rewarded with a very unique and all-sensory experience.

 

We will close the festival with an exotic street performance, La Boule Bleue (The Blue Ball), which hails from the Ivory Coast in Africa. Huge puppets accompanied by live music and dancers will, again, take us back to the main theme of the festival, which is a very idiosyncratic testimony on the state of the planet Earth.

 

This year, just before the beginning of the festival (as part of the preview), we will take you for our first ever climatic theatre trip, which will also be a kind of site-specific experience. Euripides´s tragedy The Bacchae, which speaks about the “state of the climate” via very specific stage language, was created for the Burgtheater in Vienna this season.  In order to take the first step towards another possible “sea change” in our thinking about the ecological impact of the festival, we decided to transport spectators directly to the Burgtheater. During the journey, you will also be able to listen to a dramaturgical introduction to individual productions and you will certainly have time to enjoy some light refreshments on the premises of the historical theatre building with an evening view of Vienna.

 

Theatre is always a “specific” event, and in this section of the festival programme it is possible to create an authentic space for meetings and mutual dialogue, which can also become a shared experience thanks to its “specifics”.

 

Barbara Gregorová, dramaturge of the drama section at National Theatre Brno