Press release

The Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward in China, Pinochet's coup and the women of divided Germany at Archa Theatre's Akcent Festival

The stories of famine survivors during the Great Leap Forward in China, the fate of a rural woman in the period of the Cultural Revolution, the confrontation of ordinary lives in East and West Germany, the stories told by young people about their own parents – the winners and losers of Pinochet's revolution in Chile, and a Kafkaesque look at history, where instead of sitting on chairs the audience recline in beds...
From November 13 to 18 Prague's Archa Theatre will be devoted to the 4th year of the Akcent festival of international theatre with outreach and to leading foreign companies who work with documentary historical themes through the contemporary language of theatre, dance and multimedia.
"This year we chose Memory as the main theme," says the director of the festival, Jana Svobodová. "We invited the best groups whose work examines how national histories permeate personal memories."
For example, the festival will feature the only independent Chinese company the Living Dance Studio, Berlin creative group She She Pop, who are well-known from the Akcent Festival 2011 and the Prague festival of German-language theatre, interesting Croatian company Bacači Sjenki, and Chilean production house Fundacion Teatro a Mil with Argentinean scriptwriter, director and musician Lola Arias, who among other things works with members of Rimini Protokoll. The foreign guests will be joined by local Archa.lab project Boys and Girls by Magda Stojowska and Terezy Durdilová about the relationship of the youngest and oldest generations.
The festival will also feature interactive installations by Márta Schermann (Hungary), Stanica Žilina (Slovakia), and Teatr Grodzki (Poland), as well as an exhibition of original works by American theatre creator Peter Schumann, and an expert conference entitled Radical Theatre Yesterday and Today.