Archa.mag 5 - 09/07
The directing duo SKUTR (Martin Kukučka and Lukáš Trpišovský) are preparing a new project, The Weepers, to premiere at Archa Theatre on the 20th, 21st and 22nd of September. Their last project at Archa was the performance Paradise of the Heart, Labyrinth of the World, which was also presented with great success at a string of festivals in Europe. The performance The Weepers has been created in Archa Theatre’s Archa.lab, as part of the thematic cycle “Tradition – Convention – Origin”. The specific inspiration for the performance is the Slavic folklore culture, filtered through the perspective of a city-dweller at the start of the 21st century.
Mainly because these songs contain a specific poetry. Also, the problems that are dealt with in these songs are often very similar to the problems that we have today, particularly when it comes to weep-songs and ballads.
You have expanded your team of actors. Was the existing line-up no longer enough?
We needed to expand the team to include musically stronger performers – who in turn have needed help with movement from the existing team.
How did you prepare?
We chose to have a long period of preparation. Up until now we have always worked with the existing skills of the individual actors. This time, however, we wanted the actors to expand their acting repertory and to work together to learn something new. And, furthermore, the technical work was terribly inspiring for the individual situations on which the performance The Weepers stands. So, in many respects it was more a case of theatrical experimentation than simply preparation of a performance.
What type of audience is the performance for?
The audience doesn’t have to be afraid of folklore theatrical stylisation. Rather, we have taken these traditions and tried to draw out the poetry which the contemporary city-dwelling person can identify with. And audiences can also again look forward to physical theatre, as with our other performances.
And how are you going to make use of the abilities of the actors in the future?
After three years of residence at Archa, each of the actors has developed their own specific means of expression and they can now present this not only in performances, but also in workshops focussing on movement, improvisation and puppetry, for example the Archa.lab Ateliér workshops for the public and also the workshops which we lead both at home and abroad.
And finally, to finish, – which favourite song would you send to your family?
Martin: I would send my mum Piggies from The Beatles
Lukáš didn’t want to answer, but Martin knows that he would send him Hurikán from Dalibor Janda.