Romani amateur theater group from Slovakia pokes fun at the cult of youth
A theater production entitled "Kamav aver muršes" (I Want Another Man) was performed at Prague's Rock Café as part of the KHAMORO World Roma Festival 2017 last week. The production was performed by an amateur Romani theater group from Banská Bystrica, Slovakia.
The group was created in 2014 as an initiative of the Romani Literary Club association, ROLIK. Director Marian Balog chose to stage a piece of prose by author Eva Gašparová Plešková, a member of the amateur group who also performed the main role of the dissatisfied wife, "Boženka".
The story of the play, the plot of which takes place in the family of an older Romani couple, is based on the wife's judgment that her husband urgently needs to rejuvenate, and that it would be best if he did so with the aid of plastic surgery. This kind of restoration of youthfulness brings about not just positive effects, but also unanticipated changes.
The actors managed to create an atmosphere that authentically led the audience into the life of a Romani family, where a sense of humor (and sometimes also the wife) rules the roost. As is customary in Romani families, live music and singing were also part of the show, spontaneously enlivening the plot of the comedy with the aid of the audience members as well.
The engaging, sensitive voice of a saxophone and that of the main male performer left nobody in doubt about his character's misfortunes. Fortunately for him, his wife ultimately gets the wisdom to see - and the audience to acknowledge - that love blooms at all ages, even when there are wrinkles.
- Slovak Prosecutor-General files motion to dissolve Kotleba's party
- Slovakia: Romani residents of Zborov give testimony about police brutality
- Stano Daniel: Slovak Roma have to let themselves be beaten up now, otherwise the fascists will be elected
- Czech Republic: KHAMORO festival began yesterday and runs through Saturday
- Slovakia: Romani youth successfully fundraises online for study trip to Japan
- Slovakia: Many youth support the ultra-right, study finds
- Czech actors and theater producers say political elites are failing the country
- Slovakia: Czech Human Rights Minister speaks at EU conference on Romani youth
- European Court of Human Rights: Slovakia failed to investigate Roma youth's allegations of police brutality
- Germany: Untraditional theater production in Berlin plays with anti-migrant prejudice
- Czech Republic: Romani women forced to undergo sterilization tell their stories through theater
- Funeral for Jan Rác will take place tomorrow, Friday, 4 June, in Karviná, Czech Republic
- Jan Rác, Romani activist and researcher, has passed away
- Petr Ščuka: Romani flag accessories with Swarovski crystals are popular
- Czech Museum of Romani Culture collaborates on first-ever posters for primary schools about Romani art, history, language, literature and music
- "Czechs Are Helping" initiative to hold benefit Romani music concert to raise money for children in Greek refugee camps
- Romani fashion designer Pavel Berky joins the top 16 round of the Czech edition of the MasterChef competition
- Czech Republic: Charles University's Romani Studies Seminar accepting applications
- Museum of Romani Culture to open Roma and Sinti Center in the Czech capital four years from now
- "Romani Army" by Berlin-based Maxim Gorki Theater Company gets standing ovation at Czech festival
- Czech movement calling itself "Decent People" fined for disrupting theatrical production
- Czech-Romani actor Jan Cina: People should be judged by how they do what they do, not by labels
- Czech vigilantes file their own crime report about play in Brno