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Nov 10, 2009 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

1989 - WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

Archa Theater. Documentary theatre on the theme of: Freedom! Freedom? Premiere of multimedia project. “Window of opportunity” is a term used by NASA to describe the complex constellation of conditions during which a rocket can be launched into space. In everyday speech, it means a chance which ought to be used, because it may only occur again after a long time. Did we take advantage of our window of opportunity in 1989?


1989 - WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

Documentary theatre on the theme of: Freedom! Freedom? Premiere of multimedia project.

Tuesday, November 10, 7 pm
Czech Center New York

“Window of opportunity” is a term used by NASA to describe the complex constellation of conditions during which a rocket can be launched into space. In everyday speech, it means a chance which ought to be used, because it may only occur again after a long time. Did we take advantage of our window of opportunity in 1989?

The thematic evening involves a form of documentary theatre that combines a theatrical form with an expert debate. The framework of the evening will be a fictitious live broadcast on RADIO 89 FM. The “broadcast” also incorporates the dramatic comics Kurt and Květa. This stylized performance deals with basic human questions: freedom, betrayal, the feeling of guilt and of being abandoned.

The comics are made up of three parts which take place in 1975, 1989 and 2009. Each part is connected with a debate among politicians, political scientists, historians and sociologists. The discussions will feature questions on the theme of real freedom, simulated freedom, escaping from the past, the connection between the private and political worlds, and the borders between what was “required” under totalitarianism and what was conscious collaboration.

Beside  experts, also participating in the project will be university students, who were born in 1989.  The students are also co-creators and actors in the theatrical form.

Conceived by Jana Svobodová, Tomáš Vrba, Ondřej Hrab

Written by Anna Grusková

Translated by Mike and Tereza Baugh

Directed by Jana Svobodová

Performed by: Eva Hromníková, Philipp Schenker and, in a special appearance for New York only, Will Bond (SITI Company)

Panelists: Martin Palouš (Czech ambassador to the UN, former dissident)
Martin C. Putna (director of the Vaclav Havel Library, writer, student in 1989)
John K. Glenn (Policy Director at US Global Leadership Coalition, professor at the George Washington University)

Stage actions and discussion with the participation of American students.

Featuring Václav Havel and Jacques Rupnik in video appearances.


The project was created in cooperation with the Václav Havel Library and the Institutes for Contemporary History in Prague and Potsdam, Germany.

The performance is a part of the Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe - A five-month long festival featuring a wide range of performances, exhibitions, film screenings, and symposia throughout New York City November 6, 2009-March 31, 2010 organized by the New York Public Library.
www.performingrevolution.org

 

Venue:

321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States

Date

Nov 10, 2009 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Organizer:

České centrum


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