HANA

A person has to be either down in the dumps or way up there to joke around.

HANA

A dramatisation of the satirical novel by Pavel Taussig written in the fifties.

HANA

Does the journey to happiness go through the life of an ordinary woman who sometimes makes errors?

Description of the play

A dramatisation of the satirical novel by Pavel Taussig written in the fifties. A fairytale horror of the young idealist. Should she keep her personal values or save her father from prison? The unsolvable situation of the 18-year-old Hana unfolds during the times of building cruel socialism. Confused, indecisive, and frustrated from her own inability, she fights a battle with her consciousness. Her family is damaged, her faith in what is just and right repressed. Will Hana find solid ground? Does the journey to happiness go through the life of an ordinary woman who sometimes makes errors? Or do new-age heroes exist?

“A person has to be either down in the dumps or way up there to joke around.”

The main story takes place in the internal world of Hana, who found herself in the middle of an irrational world of absurdity that the socialist regime managed to “build”. Hana slowly starts to understanding that she is a part of an environment of scared people, crooked personalities and events which would seem comical in a normal world, but are actually very tragic. Her bitter disappointment from the noble ideas of communism, as well as the exploration of the deformities of the socialist system of society via the personal tragedy of her father force her to make moral compromises, to adapt her pure personality to the contemporary norms and the actual state of things. And the state of things will put Hana and her own character to the test, in the name of survival itself.

Authors:

Script: Jana Mikitková & Ján Fakla
Dramaturgy: Ján Fakla
Scene: Dušan Krnáč
Costumes: Gabriela Paschová
Music: Matúš Uhliarik
Physical theatre assistance: Zuzana Juhásová, Peter Ďuriník
Light and sound: Milan Slama
Actors: Anna Čonková, Štefan Šafárik, Anna Veljačiková, Štefan Lengyel and Marián Kováč
Director: Jana Mikitková

Premieres:

16. november 2013 at 18:00 – City cultural centre, Kremnica
17. november 2013 at 17:00 – Centre of independent culture Záhrada, Banská Bystrica

 

To comment on the creative process of this play means to describe Hana’s time through this day and age. At the beginning, there is the question: Is Hana a dramatic heroine? To adapt Hana, for me, meant to come down from Mt. Olympus of my ideals and return to reality. To experience the internal conflict between the fairytale ideal and the surrounding horror. But is an ideal not just our cowardly desire that we are scared to even believe will come true? And at the end, there is the question: And what about us? What would we do? Are we average people, or are we heroes?

Jana Mikitková

director