May 19, 2009 - May 20, 2009 21:30
The stage composition of Sclavi is based on the Farm in the Cave Theatre Studio´s expeditions to villages in Eastern Slovakia, on old Ruthenian songs, on letters written by emigrants and on the story of Karel Čapek´s “Hordubal”. Real emigration begins when you return. You try to find your own home in your wife´s embrace, in the attachment to your daughter, in the eyes of your friends – but no one remembers you, no one wants anything from you, you no longer have a home, and there is no one to blame. The Latin word “sclavi” means “Slavs” as well as “slaves”. The creators of the production are Czech, Slovak, Polish, Ukrainian and Serbian and with a certain degree of self-irony, they examine the gap between slavophilic ideas and the reality of Slavs in Europe today. The performance is structured on the pulse of live vocal music which creates and changes the inner and outer space. The melodical and harmonic stream is built up through polyphonic emigrant songs that are cut and filled with bare and raw physical action. Words are used only irregularly and more for their sound quality than for their actual meaning.