DRUGAJANJE: 410 KILOMETRES
If history had revolved in a different direction by only a degree, the Czech engineer Karel Žlábek would have gone down in it as one of the greatest visionaries of his time. Not much is known about him, but he left behind him indelible dreams about a better future.
In the previous century, Karel Žlábek drew up a plan for a tunnel from České Budějovice to Koper which would have given the Czechs access to the sea. The story about Karel Žlábek and his unique, ambitious construction project offers an impetus to think about courage much needed in today’s world by an individual daring to envision a better future. It confronts us with the question of how to dream in a world in which it is impossible to sleep.
The show brings fragments of true stories conveyed in a more or less direct way by objects which serve as entrance points into the stories, as well as evidence and advocates of the stories to which they belong. The stories these objects serve show in them a latent life; occasionally this happens when the objects function as the foundation for background music. Some stories are presented as ready-made, while the show tries to create a context in which a passage of a real story assumes a new life, one beyond reality.
In the story about the non-existing tunnel, the show’s creators found the proof that it is necessary to fight for a field of dreams. The narrative encourages consideration of ideals, calls for requests to move boundaries. By compiling true stories, the show explores the field of desire and unfulfilled wishes. It speaks about the courage we need to overcome our fear of being forgotten. What do we want to leave behind? What do we dare to wish? And how long is the path to our deepest dreams?
Authors of the show: Karolína Kotrbová, Gašper Lovrec, Filip Mramor, Jernej Potočan, Domen Novak
Direction: Filip Mramor
Authors of the concept: Karolína Kotrbová and Filip Mramor
Visual design: Karolína Kotrbová
Sound: Gašper Lovrec
Dramaturgy: Jernej Potočan and Domen Novak
Acting: Gašper Lovrec and Filip Mramor
Producer: Alja Cerar Mihajlović
Lights: Jernej Potočan