The United Playgrounds Company is pleased to present its newest project, the "Theatre Box". This is just the first step of our plan to integrate theatre into everyday life. Our company is prepared to give your city a new network of theatres, available for your citizens to visit on any street with the help of our specially equipped theatre box.
The creators behind this project are certain that this is the theatre to capture the spirit of our time. We made it as convenient, accessible, and affordable as possible — and now it’s always within reach, wherever you may be.
To present their project at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial, United Plаygrоunds has provided an example of their original theatre box, already open for visitors to try out today. They will become part of the audience for a production developed especially for the Quadrennial, in collaboration with young Russian director Andrei Stadnikov.
Here’s what the director has to say about his play AT THAT TIME IN PRAGUE, A MAN TRIED TO BURN HIMSELF ALIVE:
"The spectacle is the bad dream of a modern society in chains and ultimately expresses nothing more than its wish for sleep."
Our performance, as a tribute to the Situationists of the 20th century, represents a wandering journey through Prague’s history — and that of all humankind along with it — over the course of the last 50 years. Our point of origin is a single event, which took place in Prague 50 years ago, in 1969: Jan Palach’s self-immolation on Wenceslas Square. At the site of his legendary act, our performance will also begin its journey through space and time. 4 screens will ferry audiences between past and present among stops around the city, giving them the opportunity to compare the present with the past and reality with illusion.
Curator Nika Dundua
Curatorial Team Alexander Olshansky, Andrew Freeburg
Artists Nika Dundua, Maria Pavlenko, Andrei Stadnikov, Nina Guseva, Anastasia Velikorodnaya