SHADOW MEADOW / Jan Mocek

A dark visual poem about non-presence
performance length: 60 min
no language barrier

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Wed 07.02. 2018 20:0070200 / 100,- Kčbuy and reserve
Thu 08.02. 2018 20:0070200 / 100,- Kčbuy and reserve
Jan Mocek’s performance combines elements of visual art, object theater, and dark ambient. It explores situations in which the non-presence of objects or people creates an impression of their intense presence. Performers Irina Andreeva and Jan Mocek appear in the empty space of the Alfred ve dvoře theater in order to discover hidden spaces, dark matter, or black holes, and to transform them in a manner that is ironic, poetic, and humorous, but also unpleasant, pop-cultural and avant-garde. In today’s audiovisually oversaturated world, they present a somewhat radical gesture: emptiness, silence, darkness, negation, nothingness, pause. When you look into the darkness, the darkness begins to look at you.

WARNING: THE PERFORMANCE MAKES USE OF A STROBOSCOPE AND OTHER EXTREME EFFECTS (A LOT OF SMOKE INCLUDED). IT IS THUS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN, PREGNANT WOMEN AND PEOPLE WITH EPILEPSY.

How do we relate to things that we don’t know or that are not present? What do we use to fill in the gap of their absence? Is the product of all that is unknown always fear, or can a lack of information be used or abused?

“There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones.” Donald Rumsfeld (former US Secretary of Defense).

The performance moves on the very margins of visibility. Through the original use of LED lights, stroboscopes, and smoke, it creates an immersive environment that offers the audience an extreme theater experience – vibrating space, physically perceived sounds, images on the retina, and a sense of timelessness and other dimensions.

Concept, directed by: Jan Mocek
Dramaturgy: Táňa Švehlová
With: Jan Mocek, Irina Andreeva
Lighting: David Prokopič
Sound: Matthias Hesselbacher
Production: Táňa Švehlová, SixHouses z. s.
Website: sixhouses.net
Premiere: 21 Nov. 2017
With support from / acknowledgments: Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the City of Prague, Prague 7 Municipal District, State Fund for Culture, Život Umělce Foundation, Czech-German Future Fund, SixHouses z.s.

Jan Mocek’s projects exist on the boundary between theater and the visual arts. His performances have the character of audio and visual environments that offer viewers an interactive experience and the freedom of interpretation. He made a large impact with his performance Tanz im Quadrat, which was named Project of the Year at the …příští vlna/next wave… festival and a video of which was viewed 50 million times on YouTube. Since 2013, he and Táňa Švehlová have created numerous video walks on the theme of gamification. Working for the National Theatre, he created Play Maeterlinck (2016), an interactive video walk of the Estates Theatre on the life of Maurice Maeterlinck. A year earlier, the duo blocked traffic in the National Theatre’s underground parking garage with the video walk Play Underground (2015). Their projects are created by their own SixHouses production company.

Photo: Adéla Vosičková Photo: Adéla Vosičková Photo: Adéla Vosičková Photo: Adéla Vosičková Photo: Adéla Vosičková Photo: Adéla Vosičková Photo: Adéla Vosičková