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Box No. 25

with Jan Burian and Jaroslav Hrdlička
TERMINUS, the installation
sound installation of a play

Catapult from the bustling streets to the skies above Dublin, then plummet deep to the bowels of the earth as three people are ripped from their daily lives and thrown into a fantastical world of singing serial killers, avenging angels, and love-sick demons.  

“… we go, see the slo-mo ebb and flow; the mill, the babble, the rabble of wobbling waywards, exiled and aimless, unlike us as, purposeful and double-file, like kids on a dare, we head who the hell knows where? …”

was a hit when it received its world premiere at the Abbey Theatre in 2007, has had a highly successful run in New York’s Public Theater, and won a prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festiva. This vivid play by Mark O‘Rowe, written in the best Irish tradition is turned into pure words and sounds in spacial sound installation by Jan Burian and Jaroslav Hrdlička.

Bio: The Abbey Theatre creates world-class theatre that actively engages with and reflects Irish society, placing the writer and theatre artist at the heart of the organization. The Abbey Theatre was founded in 1903 by W. B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory. With patronage from Miss Annie Horniman, premises were purchased on Old Abbey Street and on December 27th, 1904, the Abbey Theatre opened its doors for the first time. In 1925, the Abbey Theatre was given an annual  subsidy by the new Free State, and the Abbey became the first ever state subsidised theatre in the English speaking world. The State continues to support the Abbey Theatre in the form of an annual grant from the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaion. Tragically in 1951, the original buildings of the Abbey Theatre were damaged by fire. The Abbey re-located to the Queen’s Theatre. Fifteen years to the day later, on 18 July 1966, the Abbey moved back to its current home, designed by Michael Scott, on the same site. In September 2006, the Government announced that an international design competition would be held to create a new home for the Abbey, to be located on George’s Dock in Dublin. In October 2007, the jury for the competition was announced.

Mark O’Rowe is recognised as one of Ireland’s most important contemporary playwrights. He is seen as a crucial figure among an exciting generation of young writers who emerged in the 1990s and, in their exchange of traditional rural stories for urban concerns and with a thrilling exploration of diverse theatrical forms, changed the face of modern Irish theatre. O’Rowe’s early works include The Aspidistra Code, Anna’s Ankle, and From Both Hips. However, it was the remarkable two-hander, Howie The Rookie, produced by London’s Bush Theatre in 1999 and subsequently toured to the US, which proved to be O’Rowe’s breakthrough play. In 2003, O’Rowe took a successful sidestep into the world of film with his screenplay for the movie Intermission, directed by John Crowley and starring Colin Farrell. Since then he has received further praise for his screenplay adaptation of Boy A (also directed by John Crowley), while his latest movie, Perrier’s Bounty has recently gone into production with actors Jim Broadbent, Brendan Gleeson, and Cillian Murphy heading the impressive cast list.

Jan Burian, Composer, theater director, performer. Jan Burian works with all genres of music, including electronic, classical, and ritual or spiritual music. He is especially interested in the application of music and sound in everyday life. His work for theater emphasizes simplicity and the combination of various genres or disciplines. He has a passion for alchemy.

Jaroslav Hrdlička, Student of New Media (prof. Markus Huemer) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. His works explore the relationship between "observer" and "observed," and more often than not are experiential in nature. Hrdlička writes poetry, short stories and fairy-tales, and also dances and sings. He also collaborates with Vojtěch Vaněk on the Signet series.

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