NXT creatives

Lucie Harapátová

Janáčkova akademie múzických umění v Brně

KočéBRování 2014: CYCLES

On July 25th 2014, The KočéBR Theatre and students of the Theatre Faculty of JAMU started a three-week theatrical journey across the villages in eastern Turkey where the participants were examining the possibilities of theatrical communication, in culturally and linguistically different environments from their home of the Czech Republic. ‘Cycles’ uses Czech folk traditions, customs and songs to explore general human themes (such as birth, baptism, marriage, death). The possibilities of theatrical communication in the area, that is almost unmarked by the theater, were investigated. Research directly followed both theatrical projects, managed by director Vítězslav Větrovec; one project in the village of Velká Lhota in the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands and the South Moravia, which explores the memory of the local community and highlights the folk customs and practices; the second project focussing on the previous years of the Project KočéBRování. Selection of a destination was not random; Turkey (and especially in the East of the country) is somewhere we wanted to explore geographically, culturally, religiously and socially. The participants of this theatre/anthropological research project thus have been exposed to completely different conditions than during their previous activities (which includes four years of traveling across the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands and the South Moravia, and seven years history of productions in Velká Lhota). The aim of the research is also to provide a radical review of existing experience, and attempt to inspect a universal theatrical language. Besides the KočéBR Theatre artists and students of the Theatre Faculty of JAMU who took part, Rebeca Izquierdo, an actress from Spain and actor Ibrahim Volga Mengü from Turkey also participated in the project.