Farm in the Cave: Together Forever!

20. 3. - 22. 3. 2017
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The international theatre studio Farm in the Cave will present a new multi-genre performance at DOX entitled Together Forever! Aside from the studio’s performers, non-actor seniors also played a significant part in the creative process and performance. Together Forever! is a multilayered stage composition bordering on the genres of movement theatre, video, and documentary that gives not only its creators a unique opportunity for social and stage research and personal development.


Under the leadership of director Viliam Dočolomanský, performers Hana Varadzinová and Eliška Vavříková created this work together with non-actor seniors and perform in it as well.

The performance’s protagonists, Magda and Zuzanka, share their little lives through phone conversations. The first cannot be without the second, while the second is self-absorbed. Why do they still communicate at all, and what do they actually have in common? Fragments of their absurd relationship appear in a kaleidoscope of situations from other lives, lived without recognizing their sense and direction, between fun and powerlessness, narcissism and fear of death. The present alternates with the past, rejection with the desire for closeness. Time passes, the elevator goes up, and at some point the party has to end.

Together Forever! is the third part of the Night in the City trilogy, which focuses on revealing contemporary topics often ignored by society. After the first two parts – Whistleblowers (2015) and Disconnected, which was named the Best Dance Performance of the Year, the third part, entitled Together Forever!, focuses on the subject of age and questions of how today’s seniors live and how they are perceived by society. Are we prepared for the fact that we too will grow old one day?

According to its creators, involving Prague seniors with no previous experience with creating physical theatre on a professional level led to the creation of a community without the intergenerational abyss of disregard and disdain that old people in the twilight of their lives often experience. At least within itself, the project thus created a model of coexistence without the discrimination of the elderly that is all too common in today’s society.

Including seniors in Farm in the Cave’s professional creative process was a great challenge for them as well as a limit that forced us to search for different means of expression, and enriched everyone,” explains the piece’s director and choreographer, Viliam Dočolomanský.

During the working process, a dialogue was created between the generational thinking of the studio’s young creators and what the generation of seniors offers from its life experience. In a younger collective, a senior suddenly stops feeling shunted aside, age differences are erased, and he or she becomes one of the participants in a professional process,” adds Viliam Dočolomanský.

The performance was created directly for the premises of the DOX Centre, where it will take place on 20, 21, and 22 March 2017, and where it will also be reprised in coming years. Other programmes will also deal with the subject of age and seniors during the spring season at DOX. A new intergenerational programme for children and their grandparents commenced in February, and two literary programmes in the Gulliver Airship also deal with this topic. On Wednesday, 15 March, Flemish writer Dimitri Verhulst will present his new novel The Latecomer (Odeon 2017), and at the end of March there will be a discussion with artists born prior to 1945 from a book of portraits and interviews entitled Stará garda [Old Guard] (Argo, 2016).

FARM IN THE CAVE – An international theatre studio based in Prague, focusing on the creation, development, and research of human expression. During its 13 years of existence, the studio has represented the Czech Republic at many prestigious festivals on three continents and in over 50 cities. The studio focuses on putting on performances, site-specific projects, concerts, cultural research, theatre events, and workshops in Prague as well as abroad. Farm in the Cave has received many Czech and international awards, including the prestigious XII Europe Prize New Theatrical Realities for director Viliam Dočolomanský (2011). During 2011 to 2014, the studio was repeatedly nominated for the State Prize of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic for merit in the area of theatre. The studio’s previous performance, Disconnected, received the 2015 Opera Plus Award for best choreography and the Czech Dance Platform Award for the best dance performance of 2016.

Admission:
CZK 260 / basic admission
CZK 170 / students, seniors, the handicapped

Tickets are available from www.goout.cz

Support:
City of Prague, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, EEA Grants, Norden – Nordic Culture Point, Fund for Bilateral Cooperation on a National Level of EEA and Norwegian Funds, State Culture Fund of the Czech Republic, Grant of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic in support of participants of international projects supported by the EU’s Culture and Creative Europe programmes.

The performance is part of Caravan NEXT, a European social and community theatre project partly financed by the EU’s Creative Europe programme.

The activities of Farm in the Cave are supported by a grant from the City of Prague in the amount of CZK 2,500,000 for the year 2017.
This project came about in cooperation with the Elpida Centre, the Magic Magicians’ Club, and Život 90.