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«Theatre of Social Research» Projects Presentation

Alena Shpak and Andrey Dichenko

Premiere — October 1, 2018

What is hierarchy, what is power, and who constructs them? What is self-knowledge, what is ideology, what is individuality and uniqueness? What is free will, what is free choice, and can we really face them? Every stereotype exists in order to protect us from danger. Later, under any type of power these mechanisms begin to work in order to control each other, manipulate each other, take power from each other and delegate responsibility to each other. As a result, giving our power to another person in exchange for safety and comfort, we become victims, become objects, transfer our subjectivity into the hands of others, become repeaters of someone's will, someone's desires and someone's ideas. We lose the ability to create, and this emptiness is filled by those to whom we have transferred this ability. Do they want to do this, is it happening voluntarily? How is it possible that the system associates both of these positions with suffering and the both sides of it are losers? But who is interested in maintaining this system? How can you remain yourself, becoming a part of the system, and how can you change the system without being a part of it?

Director: Vladimir Shcherban

Musical Accompaniment: Andrei Zavalei

Technical Support: Martha Lubetskaya

Cast: Yana Rusakevich, Zhenya Dolgaya / Vika Lazar, Anton Zhukov

In Russian language with English subtitles

No admittance after third bell.

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KAFKA’S ‘A JUDGEMENT’

HUNCHtheatre have teamed up with Goethe Institute to present a version of Kaftka’s ‘A Judgement’. Kafka’s work has been underrepresented in the Belarusian art. His story ‘A Judgement’ is still completely unknown. Written in 1912, today it sounds unexpectedly relevant for Belarus. For us, this is an extremely interesting artistic task - preserving the original author’s narrative, filling it with associations and challenges of today’s reality, showing the versatility and topical urgency of Kafka’s work.

‘A Judgement’ is a unique and unpredictable exploration of the relationship between father and son, the executioner and victim. Through the prism of domestic violence, one can clearly see the mode of the State’s violence, as well as the theme of the lost generation. The format of the ‘room reading’ is ideal for the first contact with an audience, allowing the intimacy of the text and narration and continuing the tradition of ‘room theatre’ which was popular in Czechoslovakia in the 60-70s.

‘A Judgement’ is a rare and important opportunity for us to discover the connection of times and cultures. Using the language of the author, we can talk about ourselves.

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‘MEYERHOLD: CASE 2.0’

We are happy to announce HUNCHtheatre’s cultural exchange programme. We have collaborated with the Social Theatre LabЛаборатория социального театра) in Belarus, to present an epic event around the life and ideas of Soviet director Vsevolod Meyerhold. It is called 'Meyerhold: Case 2.0' and was held in Minsk on October 27th. Tania Arcimovich gave a lecture on the history of the Soviet and Belarusian avant-garde. Valya Moroz held a workshop on Meyerhold's main legacy biomechanics. And our co-founder Vladimir Shcherban presented a reading of 'Leaving the Earth' a new play by Belarusian playwright (Prusak Ole) Olga Prusak about the life and death of Meyerhold and his wife Zinaida Reich.

Today, when life and art are so entwined, their story has never been more relevant. As Peter Brook said: 'Meyerhold was persecuted and executed for his integrity and purity in search of the truth of life on stage. He was the embodiment of the revolution, and he could not believe that it would turn on him and swallow him up. But that's exactly what happened." This is the next step in the development of a show we are making in association with the Arcola Theatre about Meyerhold, to explore his life, art and death and attempt to rehabilitate his legacy and see how his example can be used in theatre today.