Inspired by Kafka and Russia’s current reality
Director : Maxim Didenko / Russia
Róbert Nižník (CZ/SK), Martin Šalanda (CZ), Anežka Hessová (CZ), Jun Wan Kim (CZ/KR), Nela Kornetová (CZ/NO), Roman Zotov (CZ/RU)
THE TRIAL is an international theatre project inspired by Franz Kafka’s famous novel and Russia’s current reality.
Six performers directed by Maxim Didenko (“Made in Russia” Award 2016 for the best theatre directing), have created a unique physical performance inspired by Kafka’s The Trial and by authentic transcriptions of examinations of current political prisoners, their correspondence and trial statements. The play reflects on speeches of Soviet prisoners indicted during Stalinism and Nazis sentenced during Nuremberg trials. THE TRIAL thinks about the ethical and humanistic meaning of trials and even capital punishment. The performers look into a common human overwhelmed by sinews of trials.
“ The play, therefore, could be interpreted as a warning. The theme described by Kafka one hundred years ago gets topical again and in the wider context.” says director Maxim Didenko.
Six experienced performers look for a new theatrical language corresponding with the needs of our era. THE TRIAL brings a variety of genres– from clowning to opera, from activist performance to the psychological theatre. It connects contemporary dance (so-called post-ballet), circus, physical theatre with elements of musical and documentary theatre.
Beware: this show is not a bed of roses!
Stage design: Pavel Semchenko (RU)
Costumes: Jana Stanulová (CZ)
Music: Ivan Kushnir (RU)
Light design: Mikoláš Holba (CZ)
Projection: Oleg Michaylov (RU)
Sound design: Andrey Shvestov (RU)
Assistant directors: Adriana Spišáková (SK), Jakub Maksymov (CZ)
Coproducer: Jsme U Hradeb, z. s.
Supported by: Prague City Hall, National Cultural Fund, Ministry of Culture of the Czech republic
Running time: 1h 20
Photo : Vojtech Brtnicky