May 13th Fri, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Divadlo na cucky


    Marguerite Duras
    – Júlia Rázusová

    Provocative imagery on the edge of poetry, intimacy and vulgarity inspired by the work, opinions as well as life of the French writer, dramatist, screenwriter, and film director.
    Myths about women and their obsessions reflected by the currently highest appraised Slovak theatre maker – Júlia Rázusová.
    Discussion follows.
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    The Decay of Total Thinking can be perceived as a social therapy that allows us to laugh at (if not mock) typical stereotypes, yet not in a lascivious way in the form of wannabe perverse humour, but by confronting both sides (for instance, men and women, feminists and chauvinists, conservatives and liberals). In its haphazard lyricism, it comes across as a poem composed of many contemplations but no answers.

    Petra Kupcová, Artikl, 8 October 2021


    At the Divadlo na cucky, interviews with the eminent French playwright and novelist Marguerite Duras became the starting point for a provocative collage of images, wavering between poetry and vulgarity. In them, the acclaimed director Júlia Rázusová reveals with humour and sarcasm the unsuspected ease of labelling and condemnation, the boundless space of subjective freedom. The playful scenography evokes the notional “tip of the iceberg”. She finds any need to judge by what is only visible above the surface to be foolish. Especially the agelong necessity to absolutize and generalize both positive and negative phenomena of the female image in society. The protagonists sink into the holes in the soft foam floor as into the flow of author’s thoughts. They embark on the waves of emotions and rational judgements in thunderous and extremely amusing discussions on the subject of women, which all the more concern men. Foolish attempts for absolute control are also relativized by the musical concept that ends up in the hands of a volunteer from the audience, who participates in the uniqueness of the variable performance by randomly selecting composed tracks on an iPad.

    screenplay and directed by Júlia Rázusová

    music Martin Husovský
    set and costume design Markéta Plachá

    cast Natalie Golovchenko, Táňa Malíková and Zdeněk Lambor

    premiere 6 September 2021


    Júlia Rázusová (1982) is one of the most interesting figures among the new generation of Slovak directors. With the Prešov National Theatre, the concept of an uncompromising theatre at the forgotten eastern end of Slovakia, which she initiated and artistically led for nine seasons, she dominated the 2019 DOSKY Awards. Her monodrama Moral Insanity based on Umberto Eco’s novel won in a record five categories and on top of that, she got the Grand Prix New Drama. The artistic style of the graduate of aesthetics, Slovak studies and theatre directing shows features of physical and experimental theatre. Her directorial and dramaturgical concepts often rely on the movement of open-minded and disposed actors who, thanks to the necessary dose of imagination, “play” with the set, the costume and their own body. Rázusová thus innovatively transcends classical theatrical thinking and its boundaries. The feminist gloss Decay of Total Thinking at the Divadlo na cucky is her directing debut on a Czech stage. This February, her production Galapagos premiered at the Divadlo Komedie.

    Divadlo na cucky is an open space for culture on the Lower Square (Dolní náměstí) in the centre of Olomouc. Alongside its own productions, the theatre also presents guest artists, organises creative workshops for all generations and promotes social dialogue through discussions and lectures.
    The specific selection of staging teams and personalities (Michal Hába, Patrik Lančarič, Šimon Spišák, Júlia Rázusová, Adam Svozil, Lucie Ferenzová, among others) shapes the theatre’s distinctive poetics, which tends towards experimentation and exploring new means of communication. The theatre reflects on current social issues such as nationalism, the polarisation of society, the impact of social media and feminism.
    The production and orientation of the theatre was strongly influenced by its artistic director Silvia Vollmann together with the former director Jan Žůrek, who was replaced by Alžběta Kvapilová in 2021.
    photo Marcel Skýba