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20 October 2017

A4 – space for contemporary culture



Theatre company the Debris Company was founded in late 1994, (its predecessor was the Hubris ensemble, established in 1991). This is a unique group in Slovakia, focusing on nonverbal theatre blending with contemporary dance, performance, visual arts and site specific projects. The leader, director and music composer of the majority of their plays is Jozef Vlk, who mostly cooperated on his projects with performers Martin Ondriska, Martin Piterka and choreographer StanislavaVlčeková.

Their most significant projects which blend music, movement, art, and philosophy are The Process (Franz Kafka), The Gospel According to Mark (Jorge Luis Borges), Ulysses (James Joyce), Ubu the King (Alfred Jarry), Murphy (Samuel Beckett), and others. Currently, The Theatre focus on their own projects and work with leading Slovak and international creators. According to the critics, their works can be clearly considered a part of multimedia avantgarde stream that has been making the Slovak theatre scene unique for quite some time.

Their current repertoire (Soliloquy, Dolcissimesirene, Hexen, Mono, Epic, Clear, WOW! and Hi-jackin’ Europe) has been staged in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Belarus, Singapore, India, Brazil and elsewhere. Their works are often rewarded by the theatre awards DOSKY. The Debris Company does not have its own theatre stage. They produce and stage their projects most often in cooperation with the A4 – space for contemporary culture



Concept,and directed by: Jozef Vlk

Choreography: Stanislava Vlčeková

Text: Eugen Gindl

Music: Jozef Vlk

Video art: Alex Zelina

Set: Ján Ptačin

Costumes: Katarína Holková

Dramaturgy: Dáša Čiripová

Performed by: Peter Cseri, Stanislava Vlčeková

Whispering: Braňo Mosný

Technical cooperation: Matej Černušák

Production: Martina Širáňová

Blind Map of the World

History always takes a sudden turn. Seventy thousand years ago, Homo Sapiens was just a common, minor creature, looking after himself somewhere in a remote corner of Africa. In the following thousands of years, he became the ruler of a whole planet and a threat to its ecosystem. He felled the forests, drained swamps, built dams on rivers, flooded meadows, placed millions of kilometres of railroads and highways, erected cities. The nature is suffering and animal species become extinct. We moved from canoes to ships, steamboats and spacecrafts, but no one knows where we are heading. We have power, but we don’t know how to use it. And, we behave irresponsibly. Our planet is turning into a shopping mall built of concrete and plastic. Homo Sapiens has conquered the world. The catastrophic prophesies on using up resources and permanent damage to the planetary ecosystem are becoming reality. Wounded nature is threatening the survival of Homo Sapiens. We are killing and destroying other creatures and our nature. We are heading towards and ecological catastrophy or towards a technological paradise? Anything is possible.

Trade and capitalism, science and technology, planetary communication and geopolitical conscience have united the world into a global village. As we are transforming nature, our own bodies and psyche, family and society – what price are we willing to pay for prosperity and consumerism? How far are values like humanism, equality of men and women, the progress of mankind certain? Are we standing at the gate to paradise or to hell? Anything is possible.

We feel the importance of gender equality of all people, but at the same time we are standing at a threshold to a society in which no equality is possible. And maybe we are approaching another breaking point, where all our meaningful notions like me, you, woman, man, love and hate lose significance. When we break down the prison walls and get to freedom, we soon realize that we have only run out onto a bigger courtyard of an even bigger prison. As if two disharmonic tones played together created a new quality of composition, the disharmony of our values makes us think, criticize and look at things from a different angle. Inner consistency is only a sign of a lack of thinking.

Are we facing a flood?

The history of mankind is a history of upheavals (J. Patočka). Falls, catastrophies do not result in the end of history, but on the contrary, to movements and changes. A ship is sailing on a rough sea, it goes down but emerges from the waves again. The situation in which we are at this point is similar to that at the beginning of history. What seemed like a journey turns out to be a false track. The substance of being is becoming more and more distant from real understanding. Life is denying itself. Consumer society, adoration of oneself and of one’s power, competitiveness and constant changes dubbed fluidity have reached the 21st century: WOW!