With GUESTS IN THE HOUSE, for the first time, the city’s department of culture awarded a residency prize to one of the festival’s young directors as part of Dresden’s application to be European Capital of Culture 2025. The jury, which consisted of five citizens of Dresden, chose the Czech directors Anna Klimešová and Petr Erbes, who opened FAST FORWARD 2019 with their production VLADAŘ (Ruler). The result of their residency is a radio feature, which will now be premiered online. In it, Klimešová and Erbes explore a phenomenon that most people know from their childhood and which is at home both in the Czech Republic and in a very special way in Dresden and its surroundings too: the hobby Indian, its clubs, its history and its individual stories. In interviews with people involved in the scene, Erbes and Klimešová asked why these people desire to dive into another world. They investigated the treatment of a culture that has existed from an image shaped by Karl May until today and stands in contrast to the real lives of the indigenous peoples of America as its own world. Do these worlds overlap somewhere? Can both hobby Indian culture and the real Indian culture continue to exist in today’s world? And how does it feel to fight with neo-Nazis while wearing an Indian costume?
Anna Klimešová (*1990) finished her degree in directing at the Academy for the Performing Arts Prague (DAMU) this summer. Petr Erbes (*1991), also a graduate of DAMU, works as a dramaturge in Prague and freelance in various artistic constellations.
A cooperation of the Office for Culture and Monument Protection Dresden with Fast Forward, European festival for young directors at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden
Concept, Direction & Postproduction Petr Erbes, Anna Klimešová / Translation to German Emil Rothermel / Consultation and Organisational Support Valentina Marcenaro, Charlotte Orti / Englische Untertitel Golda Fischer
Special thanks for their collaboration go to the Indian- and Westernclub Old Manitou 1956 E.V. as well as to Frank Bendors, Ina Dorn, Peter Kayser, Robin Leipold, Katharina Schacht, Kirsten Schmäling, Manuel Schöbel, Rainer Siebert, Wolfgang Witomsky, Willy & the Canyon Boys
The jury members for the residence award GUESTS IN THE HOUSE have been Petrina Delivani, Luise Kropp,
Valentina Marcenaro, Elisabeth Rechenberger, Jewgenija Wolf
© Foto Frank Bendors
Petr Erbes (CZ)
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Radio Feature, German with English subtitles