Viliam Klimáček

Cast: 9 men, 9 women

An old abandoned factory is occupied by a group of actors who would like to do an innovative energetic theatre concerned with new topics. Theatre does not necessarily have to be a marble sarcophagus. Nowadays it is crucial to see the changing reality, which has become hard to describe, from a new point of view. Will the group manage to make their dreams come true under the pressure of media and political interests? Will they stick to their ideals and visions? What should current theatre look like? What values should be defended and protected in today’s world? On the background of a tale of one theatre and bitter-sweet stories of individual characters, the audience unfolds a net of doubts and fears of what is actually really important nowadays: desire to fulfil our lives with something meaningful or just make it full of banalities? I am a seagull. I am Kraftwerk!

The drama Jsem Krafwerk! (I am Kraftwerk!) is a paraphrase of Chekhov’s The Seagull: not only as for the choice of topics (so-called “theatre inside theatre”, unfulfilled love), but also as for the structure of the text. We can find similarity between characters, situations and sometimes also between particular lines. However, everything feels much more intensive. Being in love is more passionate, as well as fighting against the traditional theatrical values is much tougher. Of course – it takes place at the beginning of the 21st century. We are watching a demonstrative protest of young graduates of drama school who have occupyied an old abandoned factory with the aim to turn it into a theatre of new forms. Yes! – the new forms that Treplev was longing for as a young and misunderstood author and that are now promoted by a determined director Viktor Andel. His girlfriend, the leading actress of the company, Nela Lenska, wants to do nothing but play; no gentleness or inexperience of Nina Zarecna is left. Nela is very ambitious and fierce and becomes fascinated by a famous playwright Petr Hakr (alias a new Trigorin) who is able to open her door to showbusiness. In this new Chekchov-like triangle, we can also find a lovelorn Masa, here in the character of a promoter Marie Kralova, or a retired star Arkadinova, here as a popular celebrity Hana Mayerova. As the original topic of Chekhov’s The Seagull has been moved into the present time, the characters have changed as well – they have become more deformed, or even perverse. Nevertheless, this play also brings really up-to-date topics as tabloid newspapers, pop-culture, and political lobbing.

Marcela Magdová


The play was written specifically for the theatre HaDivadlo inBrno, where it was opened in October 2010.

  The play is available also in English translation.

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