Neomluvene Divadlo (RUR): Interviews (II)
In this last article on Neomluvené's version of R.U.R you can watch an interview with Hána Líceníková, who's playing, the domestic robot Sulla in the beginning, a rebellion robot, who's attacking Rossum's Universal Robots, and the robot Helena in the end of the play, plus watch the scene where the robots are revolting.
It was an interesting process of playing the robots roles explains Hána, because in the beginning I should play a robot without feelings and thoughts, and in the end I play a robot, who's so advanced, that both of these elements are included in the robots behaviour.
In many ways R.U.R represented a theme that was unusual for its time, when it was published in 1921: an artificial being, a brilliant worker, a Robot deprived of all "unnecessary qualities": feelings, creativity, and the capacity for feeling pain. And actually Karel Capek and his brother have published similary thoughts longtime before R.U.R, because in the short story "The System" from 1908, they're writting: "The worker must become a machine, so that he can simply rotate like a wheel. Every thought is insubordination! Gentlemen! Taylorism is systematically incorrect, because it disgards the questions of a soul. A worker's soul is not a machine, therefore it must be removed. This is my System".
Vive Les Robots! hopes that some part of "The System", or R.U.R has been showned in this first part of the case story, and we would like to thanks Neomluvené Divadlo for their kind participation. If you wants to hire the theatre group from Prague, to come to Paris, Berlin, Rom, or in a town near by you, to play the piece RUR, then you can contact Václav Bartusek: mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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[image sources: Neomluvené Divadlo]
[source: Vive Les Robots!]
Hána Líceníková is playing the domestic robot Sulla in the beginning, and the robot Helena in the end of the play.