The movement “Decent People“ has filed a criminal complaint against
Brno National Theatre director Martin Glaser, Croat director Oliver Frljich
and a group of actors over the showing of the controversial play “Our
Violence, Your Violence“ at the festival Theatre World in Brno.
The head of the movement, Zdeněk Pernica, says the complaint was made on the grounds of desecration.
The play, in which Jesus rapes a Moslem woman has raised controversy in the Czech Republic.
Members of the group "Decent People" disrupted a showing of the play on Sunday night, jumping up on the stage, throwing paper balls at the actors and forming a human barrier to try to prevent the audience from watching the performance. They were eventually led out by the police.
The South-Moravian region has indicated it will cut the planned subsidy to
the Festival Theatre World Brno because of two controversial plays
performed within this particular cultural event.
Spokeswoman Monika Brindzáková told the ctk news agency on Monday that governor Bohumil Šimek would propose exempting the two controversial theatre plays from the subsidy package.
They are the Croat play Our violence, Your Volence, which caused protests in Brno on Sunday and the play Damnation, both directed by Oliver Frljich.
The head of the National Theatre Brno, Martin Glaser, who slammed the show of intolerance during a performance of the play Our violence, Your violence on Sunday night, said this would not present a problem since the plays would be covered by a subsidy from the Czech Ministry of Culture.
The head of the National Theatre Brno, Martin Glaser, has slammed the show
of intolerance during a performance of the play Our violence, Your violence
by Croat director Oliver Frljich at the Goose on a String Theatre in Brno
on Saturday night. Glaser said he considered the incident a serious warning
regarding the state of Czech society, adding that it reminded him of scenes
in films documenting the rise of fascism.
Around 30 protesters disrupted the performance, forcing their way on stage where they formed a human barrier to prevent the audience from watching, blew whistles and threw paper balls at the actors. They were eventually evicted by members of the Brno anti-conflict police team. The performance resumed after about an hour.
The play, in which Jesus rapes a Moslim woman, has raised controversy in other countries as well. The Czech Catholic Church has vehemently protested against its showing.
The legendary Czech experimental theatre revolution, Laterna Magika, is marking its 60th anniversary. Combining black light theatre, film and dance, the revolutionary concept premiered at the Expo 1968 exhibition in Brussels has since performed all around the world, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Summer Olympics in Athens.
The Czech Actors' Association presented the prestigious annual Thalia
Awards at Prague’s National Theatre on Saturday night. The awards are
given in recognition of exceptional performances in the fields of drama,
opera and ballet as well as for lifetime achievement.
Tereza Dočkalová and Daniel Bambas picked up the main prizes in the drama category, the former for her lead role in Ibsen’s Nora, the latter for his performance in the play Beauty. Maida Hundelingová won in the opera category.
Lifetime achievement awards were handed out to actor Petr Kostka, puppeteer Bohuslav Šulc and the founder of the Prague Black Light Theatre Jiří Srnec, among others.
On August 25th, 1968, just four days after Russian tanks rolled through Czechoslovakia to crush the Prague Spring reform movement, eight brave Russians staged a daring protest on Moscow’s Red Square, unfurling banners that read “Hands off Czechoslovakia!” and “Shame to the Invaders!”. They were quickly surrounded by communist police, beaten up and arrested. Most of them spent years locked up in prison, labour camps or in psychiatric institutions.
Prague police were called out to Prague’s National Theatre on Friday
evening following a suicide threat, the Czech News Agency reported. A woman
had phoned a helpline saying that she intended to kill herself during a
performance of the opera Carmen at the historic venue.
The woman later called again saying she was no longer planning to take her life. The opera was not cancelled but the presence of numerous uniformed police officers drew a great deal of attention from audience members. A police spokesperson described it as an “unusual and complicated situation”.
Number of theatres in the Czech Republic has tripled since the break-up of Czechoslovakia in 1993 and about twice as many performances take place each year, the Czech News Agency reported on Saturday, referring to the data by The National Information and Consulting Centre for Culture. The number of theatre-goers has increased from 4.3 million in 1993 to about six million last year. Last year, there were 189 permanent theatres in the Czech Republic which featured nearly 31,000 performances.
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Belarus-born Svetlana Alexievich gets its premiere in Prague on Tuesday
evening. The piece has been created by the Spitfire Company and is being
performed at the Jatka 78 venue.
Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2015 for her groundbreaking work recording the testimonies of people in the former Soviet Union. The production of Secondhand Time marks 10 years of existence for the experimental Spitfire Group.
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