A performative non-solo
Don’t consider this a synopsis. I no longer want to pretend that I know what I’m doing. The creation of “Mnohodinec” was initiated by me, Lucia Kašiarová, but despite this, “I” do not feel like an individual (jedinec) – I feel like a Multividual (mnohodinec). What does that even mean?
The starting point for my life and work is “multividuality”. I am interested in how we can approach the permeation of personal and general experiences. Where does one end and another begin? Through my body, voice, and imagination, I search for and apply methods to materialise and consider this permeation – how to retain one’s own autonomy and yet permeate each other in multividuality. Chance, error, superposition, dance, physics, the universe, and movement are starting points for action. Through words and through the body.
How many squares must I draw to create a circle?
How far must I be to see myself?
How close must I be to see the whole?
During the creation of this piece, I maintained a correspondence with the project’s dramaturgs, Jiří Šimek and Sára Arnstein, and I’d like to share this section with you (unedited):
J and S: I’m thinking about what it’s for… I mean, trying to make a connection… When you look around you today, you can see that what we call “connection” is, in fact, disconnection. Disconnection is the new black. Of course, everything influences everything else, but if that’s really the case… it also means that everything is a little bit of nothing. Or rather, it’s about looking ourselves (or everyone) in the eye and telling ourselves this. Accepting that we might be good for nothing. Or, that the vision of connection is a utopia, and unless I am mistaking, there has never been a functional utopia.
L: Look, Black is black, upsidedown, outside in – yes, we’re pointless, or rather it’s good to remind ourselves that “nothing” doesn’t mean nothing. But at the same time, every step of ours, every breath in, every breath out is an important component of life. Why? BECAUSE! Because what is, IS. And it can’t not be. We are, and therefore we bear responsibility for the development of the whole. At the very least for ourselves and our immediate surroundings. All the more, then, it can help us today to make ourselves conscious in any way – including art – of the fact that we are not alone, as many of us may and do feel that way.
Mnohodinec is a collective work by a group of artists, using the specific body of Lucia Kašiarová to bring to the stage facts that might be impossible to grasp, creating a space in which past and present do not exist. A space in which they wish, for a moment, to face the unutterable, the unfinished, the ungraspable together. The meaning of it, however, is in this facing together, not in a message or conclusion we have arrived at or will arrive at together.
Part of the creative process was recorded in the form of a simple web presentation – mnoho.ufftenzivot.cz.
Idea, concept: Lucia Kašiarová
Creative team: Sára Arnstein, Jiří Šimek, Tomáš Vtípil, Magdalena Vrábová, Lucia Kašiarová
Artistic support: Peter Šavel
Co-production: Ufftenživot (Tereza Tomášová) and Studio ALTA
Residencies: NKC Záhrada, Švestkový dvůr (as part of the Nová Síť call), Žďár nad Sázavou Castle
Special thanks: Jan Tyl
The performance was financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and Prague City Hall
Mnohodinec je kolektivní tvorba umělců, která skrze konkrétní tělo Lucie Kašiarové přináší na jeviště neuchopitelná fakta a vytváří prostor, v němž neexistuje minulost ani budoucnost. Prostor, ve kterém lze na malou chvíli společně čelit nevyslovitelnému, nedořečenému, neuchopitelnému. Přičemž smysl tkví v „čelení“ nikoliv ve sdělení nebo v závěru, ke kterému jsme zrovna teď společně došli nebo dojdeme.
Části procesu vzniku jsme zaznamenali v podobě jednoduché webové prezentace – mnoho.ufftenzivot.cz.
Idea, koncept, performerka: Lucia Kašiarová
Dramaturgie: Sára Arnstein, Jiří Šimek
Hudba: Tomáš Vtípil
Scénografie: Magdalena Vrábová
Video: Martin Hamouz
Světelný design: Štěpán Hejzlar
Umělecká podpora: Peter Šavel
Produkce: Studio ALTA a Tereza Tomášová (Ufftenživot)
Poděkování: Jan Tyl
Koprodukce: Studio ALTA
Rezidence: NKC Záhrada, Švestkový dvůr (v rámci výzvy Nové sítě), Zámek Žďár nad Sázavou
Projekt vznikl za podpory Ministerstva kultury ČR, EHP a Norských fondů 2014-2021, Magistrátu hl. m. Prahy a Nové sítě z.s.