5. – 7. november
THE CABINET OF AUDIOVISUAL DRAMATIC ARTS PRESENTS
The 6. edition of the Cabinet of Audiovisual Dramatic Arts organised in 2019 will be titled ‘30 Years After the Velvet Revolution in Film and Theatre’ and will be dedicated to the ideals of November 1989. The seminar commemorates 30 years since the Velvet Revolution, focusing on cinematic and theatrical works that have dealt with the theme between November 1989 and the present.
The seminar will take place at Kino Lumière in Bratislava on 5 – 7 November 2019. Through lectures, discussions, screenings of films, theatre recordings and documentaries, it will not only address the events of November ‘89 and the political situation that preceded them but above all reflect on the state of society after the Velvet Revolution.
INGMAR BERGMAN / Matúš Bachynec
This project is organised by KADU (Civic Association) in collaboration with the Theatre Institute as its second contribution to this year’s centenary of the world-renowned Swedish film and theatre director Ingmar Bergman.
Following up on Bergman’s legacy and with the help of a high-quality young production and actors’ team, in FAITHLESS, KADU (Civic Association) offers a distinctive take on the theme of a love triangle.
REVIEW: Faithlessness that flies high and falls hard
REVIEW: Faithlessness that flies high and falls hard
Vladimíra Géherová, Pravda, 8 January 2019 14:00
Bergman – blissful or cursed? A happy man whose work does penance by the feet of his personal demons and allows him to attain the view of an impartial observer, or a wretch condemned to eternal purgatory and sipping wine with the skeletons?
Deciding the answer to this question is no easy task, especially in the case of the world-renowned Swedish author, where both paths usually intertwine and confront in fruitful symbiosis. The task is made no easier by the new theatrical adaptation Faithless, created after Bergman’s screenplay of the same name, loosely based on the artist’s own life experience.
Actress Marianne (Marta Maťová) leads a serene life besides her husband Markus (Daniel Žulčák), a reputable conductor, whom she has given a daughter, Isabelle. The two like to spend their evenings with a mutual friend, the talented but somewhat short-tempered director David (Daniel Fischer). Circumstances eventually transform an initially platonic bond between Marianne and David into a passionate relationship the actress finds herself unable to resist despite knowing she is losing her family for good.
When Bergman wrote his love triangle tragedy, he only cast himself in the role of the screenwriter. To achieve a proper distance from the work, he entrusted it to his muse Liv Ullman, who directed a film of the same name in 2000. But the opportunity to peer into the mind of a master, especially when it hands itself over of its own accord, is too alluring an offer to be passed over by future generations. Director Matúš Bachynec has decided to step up to the task and has achieved a sophisticatedly condensed sense of anxiety on an intimate space without pointing an accusing finger at either of the parties involved.
In the sanctuary whose limits was Bergman’s imagination, flowers have always been put at the foot of the bed. Set designer Barbora Šajgalíková too gave the bed centre stage. Her guidance allowed Scandinavian minimalism and simplicity to materialise in the elaborate retrospective of the ageing artist. Not a minimalism with the aftertaste of soulless mass production but one whose clear intention is to disburden the audience from unnecessary visual clutter. Even in this reduced form, the set fulfils its purpose. By its purity and simplicity, it contrasts with the decisions that, one by one, unveil the darkest recesses of the human soul.
In his theatrical adaptation, Bachynec took up the gauntlet thrown down by Bergman (Viliam Hriadel), who is portrayed as the director of his own story. The whole point is to “play and fantasise,” as Bergman innocuously calls it when he draws his characters onto stage. Marianne, Markus and David all at first agree to his game and readily follow his instructions, but the unreserved obedience they show to their creator eventually turns against him. Suddenly, he is forced to confront their pain and the consequences of actions that, in the guise of David’s character, bear down on his shoulders.
It is precisely the shift of narrative perspective that provides Bachynec with an opportunity to play with the dynamics of theatrical adaptation and so to serve the audience gradual doses of the unbearable bitterness that accompanies a loss of trust. And so, Bergman often interrupts emotionally exhausting scenes by shutting a clapstick, or does matter–of–fact banter about his characters’ problems. Yet these moments of apparent repose that separate moments of genuine hopelessness are a trap both for Bergman and the audience. Just as the looped ambient soundtrack and the projected footage of the sea tide on the background, symbolising a changeless state of the world, compared to which any fate, even the most tragic, pales into insignificance.
The actors’ performances were crucial in helping the story maintain its credibility. Viliam Hriadel was capably seconded by his younger alter-ego, Daniel Fischer, the latter having already seen some Bergman in the Slovak National Theatre’s production of Fanny and Alexander. Marta Maťová, too, managed her role sensibly and without undue affectation, and in fact remained the only female character in the play after the authors were forced to leave out the character of her daughter Isabelle. Her Marianne is pragmatic, feminine but also fragile, and the authors chose to emphasise this by having her wear nothing but nightwear. Daniel Žulčák perhaps stood out least from among his colleagues, but this allowed him all the more to channel certain demonic traits that contrast sharply with his image of a TV series actor.
Faithless at Studio 12 offers a bitter study of relationships. We as the audience anticipate disaster, but just as those involved in faithlessness, we willingly submit to an illusion stemming from momentary elation and fulfilment of desire. The higher it flies, however, the harder it falls in the end. It’s just a game, we’re fantasising, Bergman would say – but are these the words of a happy man or a sinner?
5 out of 5 stars
Ingmar Bergman: Faithless / Directed by: Matúš Bachynec / Cast: Marta Maťová, Viliam Hriadel, Daniel Fischer, Daniel Žulčák / Premiered on 11 December 2018 at Studio 12
Faithless, or a “music score for film”, is a script written by cult Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. In the screenplay, Bergman takes on the theme a love triangle that first seems innocuous but eventually descends into relational hell. The story of Faithless was inspired by Bergman’s own experience, which he described in a book of memoirs titled Laterna Magica. In 2000, Liv Ullman directed a film of the same name after Bergman’s original screenplay.
Marianne, an actress, leads a comfortable life beside her husband Markus, a successful conductor, whom she has given a daughter, Isabelle. They are often visited by David, a mutual friend and director. Marianne’s and David’s friendship eventually grows into a passionate relationship replete with lies against Markus and Isabelle. Marianne’s ordered life begins to crumble apart with the realisation that she is losing her family for good and is unable to do anything about it.
Faithless is yet another work that demonstrates Bergman’s mastery in probing the deepest recesses of the characters‘ minds. Here, it is faithlessness that irreparably destroys a relationship between a number people who had been mutually close. Not simply faithlessness between a man and a woman, but faithlessness to a friend, faithlessness to a child, faithlessness to everyone whom we held dear and ultimately faithlessness to oneself. Bergman escalates this conflict into a story of utter human failure with no possibility of escape.
© Ctibor Bachraty
* open discussion follows
// lecture // K2
Prof. Zuzana Gindl Tatárová
// film screening // K2
// panel discussion // K2
Prof. Martin Huba, Marián Amsler, Tomáš Procházka, Milan Žitný
/ moderator: Mgr. Soňa Jánošová
Prof. Zuzana Gindl-Tatárová – Supervisor of KADU Project,
Mgr. Art. Peter Dubecký – General Director of the Slovak Film Institute,
Mgr. Art. Marta Maťová a Mgr. Adam Hrapko – Authors of KADU Project
// film screening // K1
introduction: Jan Holmberg
with Jan Holmberg – Director of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation in Stockholm
Presentation of KADU and Bergman 100;
open to the public
// theatrical screening // K2
A rare recording of one of Bergman’s final productions of the play by W. Shakespeare.
introduction: Adam Hrapko
// masterclass // K2
Jan Holmberg, Director of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation in Stockholm, film scholar.
Main guest at KADU 2018. Keynote lecture on the work of Ingmar Bergman.
* the lecture will be delivered in English, with simultaneous interpreting into Slovak
// documentary screening // K2
Július Vanovič – writer, author of BEHIND THE SCENES OF LIFE. The Existentials of Ingmar Bergman, Essays.
// film screening // K2
// interactive lecture with screening // K2
MUDr. Jozef Hašto, PhD., MUDr. Peter Breier
Prominent Slovak psychiatrists offer a look into the work of I. Bergman. The lecture features a screening of Bergman’s final TV interview, Bergman and Fårö (director: Marie Nyreröd, 2004).
// film screening // K2
// theatrical performance // Studio 12, Jakubovo námestie
student production by DAMU Prague at Studio 12, Theatre Institute
The Cabinet of Audiovisual Dramatic Arts (KADU) is a multi-genre platform that organises interdisciplinary educational seminars for students, young artists and the wider public. We seek a more effective form of education that surveys the arts as a complex whole, introduces high-quality productions and arranges masterclasses with prominent figures from the artistic community.
Each year, our project is dedicated to a different theme, bringing a selection of works of film and theatre from home and abroad. Our aim is to view each theme through the prism of individual artistic forms and disciplines – to achieve this, we approach renowned theorists, critics and professionals from the fields of film and theatre. KADU is a flexible platform that tailors individual collaborations with professionals and institutions to suit the theme of each year.
The Cabinet of Audiovisual Dramatic Arts creates space for dialogue between art theorists and professionals on the one hand and audiences on the other, for valuable artistic discussion, whose purpose is to foster critical thinking by exposure to the products of creative endeavour. We believe that by continuing the KADU Project, we contribute to raising the quality of artistic productions and to forming new collaborations.
Over the past five years, KADU has organised the following seminars:
Cabinet Robert Wilson (2014)
The first edition of KADU seminar was dedicated to one of the most important figures in contemporary theatre, director Robert Wilson. Among the year’s guests and lecturers were professor Soňa Šimková, actress and opera singer Soňa Červená and actress and director Enikő Eszenyi.
Pina Bausch & Wim Wenders – The Synergy of Creation (2015)
The second seminar explored the synergic character of the works of choreographer Pina Bausch and filmmaker Wim Wenders. The main guest and master class lecturer was a close colleague of Pina Bausch, the dancer and dance pedagogue Jan Minařík.
Shakespeare in Dialogue (2016)
The third seminar focused on contemporary interpretations of the work of William Shakespeare in the countries of the Visegrad group. The programme included several master classes, among them an interdisciplinary master class by director Rastislav Ballek and actor Robert Roth, a master class by director Daniel Špinar and a master class on scenic design by Piroska E. Kiss.
The first KADU seminar not dedicated to a specific artist but rather to a wider theme, namely creative writing and theatrical and film adaptations. The main guest and lecturer was playwright and screenwriter Petr Kolečko. Following our successful collaboration with institutions from the countries of the Visegrad group during the previous year, KADU also made its first appearance outside of Bratislava, at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
Vizuál / grafický dizajn
The main guest of 2018s seminar was film historian and director of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation in Stockholm, Jan Holmberg, who presented an introduction to the opening screening of Wild Strawberries and delivered a master class on Bergman intended for film scholars, students and the public at large.
Other guests at the seminar included Prof. Zuzana Gindl-Tatárová with a lecture on Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander, literary theorist and writer Július Vanovič, who addressed the topic of religiosity in Bergman’s oeuvre, as well as two prominent Slovak psychiatrists MUDr. Peter Breier and MUDr. Jozef Hašto, who presented an analysis of Bergman’s work through the lens of his final television interview.
The seminar has been accompanied by a theatrical performance of a student production by DAMU Prague, Summer with Monika.
Partners: Slovenský filmový ústav, Film Europe Media Company, Filmová a televízna fakulta VŠMU, Divadelný ústav Bratislava, Generálny konzulát Švédska v Bratislave, Štúdio 12, Divadelná fakulta VŠMU, Divadelní fakulta Akademie múzických umění v Praze, Hostel Blues, RTVS a Rádio FM, Kino Lumière, Be2Can, Bratislavský samosprávny kraj, FilmStor s.r.o.
Inscenation Nevera (Ingmar Bergman): Súčasťou semináru KADU 2018 bolo naskúšanie inscenácie Ingmara Bergmana: Nevera. Úspešné predstavenia sme zrealizovali v Bratislave a v spolupráci s Divadelným ústavom Bratislava, Činohrou 16:20, z.s. a Slovenským inštitútom v Prahe aj v Prahe.
KADU prvýkrát v Prahe: Po vydarenej spolupráci s inštitúciami a vysokými školami krajín V4 sme veľmi radi, že sme v roku 2017 mohli predstaviť náš seminár nielen v Bratislave, ale aj v Prahe. Vďaka spoločnosti Film Europe a Divadelnej fakulte Akademie múzických umení v Prahe sa seminár Text2obraz konal 9.–10. októbra v Hallerovom sále v budove DAMU na Karlovej 26. Rovnako ako v Bratislave, aj v Prahe sme prinesli projekcie s odbornými úvodmi, panelovú diskusiu a masterclass českého dramatika a scenáristu Petra Kolečka.
Partneri: Film Europe Media Company, Be2Can, Asociácia súčasného divadla, Slovenský filmový ústav, Divadelná fakulta VŠMU, Filmová a televízna fakulta VŠMU, Fond na podporu umenia, Bratislavský samosprávny kraj, Divadelní fakulta Akademie múzických umění v Praze, Slovenský institut Praha, České centrum
Partneri: Kollektiv, s.r.o., Asociácia súčasného divadla, Slovenský filmový ústav, Jana Wild – Divadelná fakulta VŠMU, Nadácia Tatrabanky, Bratislavský samosprávny kraj, BSP SOFTWAREDISTRIBUTION a.s., Muzeum Śląskie, Katowice, Poľský inštitút Bratislava, Balassiho inštitút, Maďarský inštitút v Bratislave, Institut umění – Divadelní ústav, Praha, Divadelný ústav, Film Europe Media Company, Vysoká škola muzických umení Bratislava
Partneri: Asociácia súčasného divadla, Ministerstvo kultúry SR, VŠMU Bratislava, Goethe Institut, Slovenský filmový ústav, Film Europe, Cinematik, Film Europe Channel
[VIDEO] Jan Minařík: Prednáška Pina Bausch
Partneri: Asociácia súčasného divadla, Ministerstvo kultúry SR, VŠMU Bratislava, Slovenské národné divadlo, Film Europe, Film Europe Channel