In 1513 the Italian politician, poet and thinker Niccolò Machiavelli redefined the concept of political rule. His work, “The Prince”, written by the disgraced secretary of state on his country estate near Florence, deals with strategies of governance, with the maintenance of power, and with those who have to accept the government as their own: the citizens. How does Machiavelli’s princely school read when walking through European theater and contemporary history: in ancient Rome, on the eve of the First World War, 330 years after the French Revolution and 30 years after the collapse of the Eastern Bloc – and so, from today’s perspective?
In the age of the new autocrats, director Anna Klimešová sends five actors through a text collage developed together with dramaturg Petr Erbes. From material both historical and contemporary, literary and documentary, national and revolutionary and of course always political, a picture of the present emerges with clever scenic grasp, humour and a strong ensemble – drawn by a generation whose protagonists were all born after 1989.
Anna Klimešová, b. 1990, studied theater pedagogy in Brno and Berlin and directing in the Department of Alternative Theatre and Puppet Theatre at the Academy of Performing Arts Prague, where she is currently completing her master’s degree. She creates predominantly devised theater works, which she develops together with various artistic ensembles. She is also co-founder of the theatre group 8people.