May 1, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Performance of the Alfred ve dvoře theatre as a part of European Union Enlargement Celebrations in New York City
Saturday, May 1, 8 pm, Volume, North 13th St. and Wythe Ave., Brooklyn Subway L to Bedford Ave. For complete schedule of Brooklyn EU-Phoria events call (718) 855-7882 ext.46 or click here
To celebrate the expansion of the European Union, the project Brooklyn EU-Phoria presents a performance of the Alfréd ve dvoře theatre, Mezzo, along with other works of European artists. The performance is organized by the Czech Center of New York with the appreciated cooperation of the Alfréd ve dvoře theatre. The production is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and MOTUS o.s.
The expansion of the European Union is of truly monumental importance. In addition to augmenting the political and economic power of the Union, it marks a giant step towards the unification of the European continent. To celebrate the shared joy of setting out on this path, Europeans are planning to mark May 1st as an important day by organizing the Brooklyn EU-Phoria project. The European countries approached Brooklyn’s cultural institutions with the belief that Brooklyn is the borough with the largest population of young, up-and-coming artists and a lively cultural life. The Brooklyn EU-Phoria project presents young European artists and their cooperation across European borders. Their meeting with their counterparts in Brooklyn and future cooperation is one of the main goals of this event.
Mezzo (Czech Republic, Denmark, Iceland)
Secondhand Women: Halka Třešňáková (Czech Republic), Helene Kvint (Denmark), Petra Moře Lustigová (Czech Republic), Stefania Thors (Island), Daniela Voráčková (Czech Republic)
direction cooperation: Victorie Čermaková
music: Lada Plachá
The theatre performance Mezzo is based on many social issues which are closely linked to the current perception, prejudices, trends and ideas of the identity of young women in society. The avant-garde style of the performance will swing between physical and visual theatre, and cabaret. Authoresses will use and develop various theatre genres for their individual tasks. Five women over thirty – no longer girls, not yet middle-aged. All self-confident but also uncertain. They have lived and worked in several countries, have different plans. They are either mothers of teenagers or babies or they question the meaning of motherhood. All of them are independent artists/performers. They all know that experience helps. They are at a “between” age. The age of recapitulation despite abundant plans. What is expected of them? What should they look like? Where should they be? How does society react to them? They mostly want to be themselves. They know what freedom means and they are ready to defend their freedom. They are often criticized by others as being masculine, too physical, independent and complicated. Some of them are married, some single, some have lovers. How will they spend the next 30 years? They are all very different but they have similar problems: work as an independent performer versus family or relationship versus uncertain financial situation versus skills and talent versus independence versus need of home versus ideals of a good woman.
Who are these women really, at the middle of their lives, in the Czech Republic, Iceland, Denmark or Germany?
“A hopeless dream about what you are. Not that you have a dream about yourself, but a dream that you are in. To exist and be awake at every moment. And the huge gap between what you are in front of others and what you are in front of yourself…”
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May 1, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM