Every man needs a certain portion of narcissism. But
when is the time it becomes dangerous and harmful? When people
become for each other mere objects of "self-monitoring"?
In their latest production called Mono, the Debris Company,
which has been acting on the Slovak theatre scene since the
second half of the 1990s developing many successful theatre
and dance productions, creates a world of five people who
desperately try to form and define their own identity. Yet
they still hit the walls of their own Self, which is more
and more indefinable and ungraspable.
Though they don´t know it, they lock themselves in their
private prisons with no doors, windows or bars. Who am I
and who are the others - is the fundamental question which
interests them. Or - who am I in the eyes of the others?
The other person for them is only an image in the mirror,
which serves only to confirm their own existence. The Self
is being more and more crumbled for in the society focused
on loans, productivity and a perfect body it misses some
inner steady point, and it becomes, stated together with
Gilles Lipovetsky, "something indefinable".
Two men and two women produce intensely the shapes of their
own self, but it is difficult to find out what they are authentic
in. It is maybe this over-production of the images of themselves.
They need to manipulate, seduce, conquer, but as they take
shelter in their private rooms, they cease to exist. The
fifth of them is isolated completely - he is locked in his
totally introvert world as a hikikomori.
The worlds of loneliness have a common point of intersection
- the space prepared to serve to constantly new combinations.
A new combination, new structure - it is also a new possibility
to confirm one´s Self which is, paradoxically, unstable and
unsteady. The narcissism is often defined by the symptoms
as boredom, emptiness, inability to make relationships, insensitiveness,
selfishness and recklessness. A self-staging in the public
space. And that requires a huge portion of self-control and
false discipline, so there is no energy and time left for
At the end there is only exhaustion. Perhaps it is caused
by the fact that they long for closeness and intimacy, but
they still do not know the way to it.
He would take the imprisonment. To end up like a prisoner
- that would be a life objective. But it was a barred cage.
The roar of the world was flowing through the bars uncaringly,
bossily and familiarly, in fact the prisoner was free, he
could take part in everything, he misses nothing outside,
he could even leave the cage for there was a meter distance
between the bars, he wasn´t even imprisoned. "
Franz Kafka - Aphorisms
Name / title :
Debris Company /MONO
Duration: cca 60 min.
Choreography : Peter
Jaško, Stanislava Vlčeková
Director, conception, music : Jozef
Dramaturgy : Martina Vannayová
Stage design : Tom Ciller
Costumes : Eva Rácová
Light design : Jozef Vlk
Musicians : Jozef Lupták, Peter
Krajniak, Peter Šesták, Jozef Vlk
Cast : Martina Lacová, Emil
Píš, Martin Piterka, Daniel Raček, Stanislava Vlčeková