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Nicola Gunn: Piece for person and ghetto blaster + Deborah Pearson: History history history 

One evening, two performances!

12th of October, Archa Theatre:

Nicola Gunn: Piece for person and ghetto blaster 

What do you do when you see a man throwing stones at some target? And what do you do when you find out that the target is a duck sitting on her eggs? How do you react? The charismatic Australian performer Nicola Gunn has taken this real-life situation and transformed it into an action-filled visual contemplation. Using a diverse associative structure consisting of opinions, memories, quotes, and questions, the performer immerses herself into contemplating the boundaries between peace and conflict, moral relativism, the complexity of ethical intervention, and the true function of art.

At the same time, she remains in constant motion. Critically, yet with comic exaggeration, she analyses certain unbearable aspects of human behavior, and the moral aspects of the initiating scenario, which she herself confronts in an entirely disarming way. Rhythmic electronic music and complex choreography accompany the recited text. The multi-layered performance is full of humor and digressions as well as critical and philosophical theories, oscillating between the superfluous and the inappropriate, between the comic and things that are particularly emotional.

NICOLA GUNN is a performer, writer, director, and dramaturge. Since 2001, she has been blending performance, art, and anthropology in her work in order to explore the fragility of human existence through subversive humor. Gunn also performs research regarding socially engaged art and site-specific practice. “Recently I’ve been preoccupied with looking at situations from moral and ethical standpoints […] to become a nicer, better, smarter human,” says Gunn about herself. She has received a fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts and is also a Mike Walsh Fellow. Gunn has a degree from the Victorian College of the Arts of the University of Melbourne (Art in Public Space and Performance Creation).

In English with Czech subtitles.
Duration: 70 min.


12th of October, PONEC Theatre

Deborah Pearson: History history history 

A live documentary performance for film lovers and for anyone who has looked at pictures of their ancestors for too long. On October 23, 1956, a peaceful student demonstration in Budapest grew into a spontaneous nationwide revolt against the Communist regime and the hegemony of the Soviet Union. During the clash with Soviet soldiers, tens of thousands of people lost their lives, and hundreds were tortured and executed. This was followed by one of the largest refugee crises of the twentieth century – as many as 300,000 people left Hungary, including the grandfather of this work’s author. Her grandfather was an actor, who, just by coincidence, had a role in a comedy about Hungarian football, in which he played the national football star Ferenc Puskás. The film was set to premiere at the Corvin Cinema on the day the rebellion erupted. The cinema building, however, became one of the insurgents’ centers of operation.

After more than sixty years, Deborah Pearson will screen this football comedy together with reminiscences of the film’s screenwriter, who is living in exile, and other people who were involved in the film. Acting as a guide through her own family history, within which the events in Hungary played a crucial role, she adds her own perspective supplemented with family memories, excerpts from family conversations, and photographs. The result is an original and dazzling collage of both major and minor history, combining the amusing and the painful, as well as an unforced contemplation about immigration, oppression, and our personal ties to history.

Deborah Pearson is a Canadian-British writer, dramatist, performer, and creator of artistic projects. Her works have been seen in fifteen countries on four continents and translated into five languages. She recently published a play entitled The Future Show. Pearson is one of the co-founders of the UK-based Forest Fringe art collective. She has received many awards both for her solo performances and for her work with Forest Fringe, including three Herald Angels, a Scotsman Fringe First award, a Peter Brooke Empty Space Award, and a Total Theatre Award for Significant Contribution. Pearson also collaborates with the Canadian Volcano Theatre and the British Somerset House Studios.

In English with Czech subtitles.

Performance length: 90 min.