Three servings of the Balkans with bitter taste of armed conflict
The monodrama ONE NIGHT STAND/UP! by the Prague-based theatre group Kolonie will be performed at the festival actually three times! Created by set designer and visual artist Andrijana Trpković, directed by Lucie Ferenzová, the show stars actress Markéta Dvoráková. The “Balkan war comedy” about coming of age is set on the Croatian beaches and in the streets of Belgrade against the backdrop of the difficult 1990s.
photo: Kryštof Kalina
Inspired by the book Ear, Throat and Knife (Uho, grlo, nož) written by journalist Vedrana Rudan, the production recalls authentic 90’s memories, Nike shoes, bombardment and moving to the Czech Republic, and contrasts the Czech and Balkan nature through dark and politically incorrect humour. The “woman’s view” of a bloody conflict is one woman show, both humorous and harrowing, presented through the lively performance of actress and musician Markéta Dvořáková. Lucie Ferenzová, the director and leader of Kolonie, comments on Markéta’s complex performance: “The most interesting finding for us was the fact that the mechanisms of propaganda are still the same and can be seen in TV debates to this day. All this through the eyes of a woman from our generation, with a bit of cynicism and sadness, harsh humour and woman’s kindness, melancholic and punk guitar songs, performed by Markéta Dvořáková with her vigorous nature and energy, stylised as glittery dark pop stand-up comedy.”
The production was created with the support of the Venuše ve Švehlovce venue, Venušiny dny festival and the Nadace Život umělce foundation.