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June 2019


The 2011 / 2012 residents of the Archa.lab


Interview with Petra Tejnorová and Veronika Riedlbauchová.

What project did you submit for your application to the Archa.lab?

Petra Tejnorová: I submitted a two-part theatre project whose theme focuses on the collapse of human subjects in the media age, on false identity, fluid identity. The project combines principles of devised theatre and live art. It’s based on collective creation and comes out of the idea that the process itself articulates the theme and contributes to the resulting form of the production. From an experimental point of view, the project investigates the borders between actor and performer, theatre and real life. It looks for new ways to involve the audience and strategies for affecting and influencing public life. In terms of the theme of “We want to know your story!”, we would like to focus more on ways of misusing authenticity and the related idea of false identity, false reality, which TV shows and reality shows serve us practically daily. To be or to play a role? In the cult of uniqueness and difference…

Veronika Riedlbauchová: Our project is conducted like an experiment that operates in the nether region between theatre and social documentary. The assigned theme inspired us to look for inscriptions, written and other messages from people in the most diverse parts of Prague, which provoke us to ask: what individuals and what stories are hidden behind these messages? From these fragments we want to create a kind of urban poetry on stage and discover opportunities and ways to connect the real world with the world of theatrical fiction.

Do you see the residence as a direct call to create a production or as an opportunity and time to try out new things?

Petra Tejnorová: Since right after finishing school I didn’t get stuck in a repertory
theatre and didn’t let myself get characterized as “postmodern” or some other label, it meant finding my own road, choosing a process of constant searching and, last but not least, responding to calls. The residence gives the project the chance to develop in a theatre space that already has words like research and laboratory in its profile. In the first phase it should primarily involve development and application of methods coming out of sources of inspiration and looking for your own road. These phases will be presented as part of the Archa.lab in the form of a work in progress. An unfinished stage form will be created during this phase. In the second phase, we want to head in the direction of a set form, to a more fixed scenic form, the premiere of which will take place at the Theatre Flora Olomouc 2012.

Veronika Riedlbauchová: A bit of both, actually. In my opinion, any search for new means of expression, and all experiment and research is more useful if it leads to a definite form. From this standpoint it seems to me that the ideal is work in progress.

interview by Lukáš Jiřička


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