directed by Ivan Buraj
translated by František Fröhlich
dramaturgy Matěj Nytra
set design Antonín Šilar, Ivan Buraj
assistant to the set designer Karolína Srpková
cameramen Matěj Nytra, David Matuška
music supervision Pavel V. Boika
premiere 16 November 2017
characters and cast
Alfred Allmers Matěj Nechvátal
Rita Allmers Lucie Andělová
Asta Agáta Kryštůfková
Borghejm Jiří Miroslav Valůšek
The Rat-Wife Marie Ludvíková
Little Eyolf Antonín Šitavanc g. a.
The production of Eyolf at HaDivadlo is remarkable in terms of how emotional the stern, understated and somewhat “non-theatrical” acting can feel. The director obviously also needs an amazing cast for the main protagonists of Rita and Alfred in order to achieve his ends. (…) The actors Andělová and Nechvátal have an amazing feel for the mistake-making parents and partners (…)
Lenka Dombrovská, Divadelní noviny.cz, 9 January 2018
Ivan Buraj (1988) was born in Bratislava. While studying drama directing at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, he was already working as an intern at the National Theatre Prague while preparing Robert Wilson's production The Makropulos Case (2010). He earned his masters' degree in 2011 with his adaptation of Kleist's The Prince of Homburg, which was successful at the ISTROPOLITANA festival in Bratislava (special award of the jury and audience award) and was even nominated for the Theatre Newspaper Award. As a guest director at Theatre Letí he produced the comedy The Descent and rise of Mr. B. (2014) and at the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre an original production Odsun!!! (2015).
He has been the artistic director of HaDivadlo since 2015, where he has prepared seven productions so far: original project Creatures: Come with Me to the Fire! (2012), Kafka's The Castle (2014), Flaubert's Madame Bovary (2015) and finally Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, Havel's Unveiling in 2016. He caught attention of the critics also with his ambitious adaptation fo Herman Broch's trilogy The Sleepwalkers (2016) which was featured at the festival last year.
The HaDivadlo theatre is situated in Brno, however, it was established by official authorities in Prostějov in 1974 as Hanácké divadlo (director Svatopluk Vála and dramaturge Josef Kovalčuk were associated with it), but soon after it worked its way up from an amateur group to a professional studio stage with demanding dramaturgy. They moved to Brno in 1985 and by merging with Ochotnický kroužek of J. A. Pitínský, the Kabinet múz was created. After some minor mishaps with their residence, they settled down in the former cinema of Alfa Pasáž in 2004.
Remarkable personalities have participated in forming of the unique poetics of the theatre such as director and playwright Arnošt Goldflam, actor and author Miloš Černoušek (aka Cyril Drozda), musicians Jiří Bulis and Václav Koubek, actors Ján Sedal, Marie Ludvíková and Miloslav Maršálek, directors Jiří Pokorný, Břetislav Rychlík, Oxana Smilková, David Jařab, Luboš Balák or actors' quartet Matonoha–Liška–Daniel–Polášek. During Marián Amsler's direction (2007–2015) HaDivadlo gained renown for their productions The Expulsion of Gerta Schnirch and the adaptation of Marysha, which received the Theatre Newspaper Award in 2014 and 2015.
New artistic director Ivan Buraj keeps the direction of the repertoire towards the German-language material, the repertoire includes adaptation of Broch's novel The Sleepwalkers (2016) or Bernhard's farce The Force of Habit, Lotz's drama Ridiculous Darkness (both 2017) and Müller's memento The Message (2018).