Handa Gote is an art group working in the field of sound installations, non-verbal and dance theatre, live music, media archaeology, visual art and various research projects combining technology, science and art. Their work is influenced by minimalism, Eastern philosophy and the DIY movement. They mix Czech craftmanship, recycled objects and technologies, Cargo cult and inspiration by Japanese aesthetical categories Mono no aware, Wabi and Sabi. Among their most notable performancies belong Mushrooms, Ekran, Mr. Roman, Rain dance, Metal Music and Clouds.

When choosing three outstanding theatre personalities, I took into account the authenticity and inovation of their theatre language which breaks ranks with the predominant stream of both drama theatre and „kind“ alternative theatre. Their authorial attitude resigning from existing ideals or literary originals fascinates me as well. I am captivated by changeable grouping of Handa Gote and their free and open approach to a theatre form using recycled lo-fi technologies and techniques that negate all expensive effects and technologies. The director Jiří Adámek is exceptional due to his precisely conceived and in essence very modest version of original music theatre. The director Petra Tejnorová offers an authorial language coming out both from a sphere of so-called documentary theatre and a collective production changeable in styles and genres. Tejnorová indulges in not getting to the end, limit physical actions and often brutal scenes.

Lukáš Jiřička

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