Press room

1914


In Prague, Czech Republic

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15/05/2014 - Euronews | Link to the video


In Linz, Austria

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30/08/2014 - Nachrichten.at | Link to article

31/08/2014 - "Oberösterreich heute" on ORF TVTHEK | link to video

01/09/2014 - Drehpunkkulture.at | Link to the article


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Translated extracts of articles


“(…) Wilson mixes a profound evil with warm-hearted moments full of wit and tenderness. Often only some gestures and words suffice in order to demonstrate the raw cruelty of the gas warfare. (…)”

Jörn Florian Fuchs, DrehpunktKultur.at, 1.9.2014


“(…) The surprising aspect: Wilson’s aestheticism realised here on stage with lemurs with flashy make-up, eccentric costumes, (…) monochromatic, coloured walls filling the entire scene and stylized houses and interiors. This aestheticism does not create distance but burns into the minds of the audience like a nightmare. (…) The insight of time is (…): It will always become worse even when you think it is already at its worst. We learn nothing from history. “

Egbert Tholl, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 2.9.2014


“(…) The play “1914” Wilson created for the National Theatre Prague thrives on oppositions: While hearing happy circus music you see war on the scene. Nearly everything is in shades of grey, the characters resemble paper cuts – only now and then a fiery red face or a green elbow appear briefly on stage. Wilson requires high amounts of precision from his performers (as from the technology), who are without exception magnificent. Almost every character is characterised by its own body language. (…)”

MH, Kronen Zeitung, 1.9.2014


“(…) The impressive ensemble that is composed of 12 people wearing field grey costumes, with white and flashy make up, sometimes play slapstick or like in “a slow motion movie” on an absurd and comic, spartan scene of horror.”

Andreas Hutter, Neues Volksblatt Linz, 1.9.2014


“(…) The American theatre magician Robert Wilson (72) created with his play “1914” a fascinating picture book based on the two monumental works from the 20th century (…) portraying the First World War. Wilson creates an ingenious universal artwork: With carefully selected text passages, an almost cheerful and happy approach to horror, a playful note, and artificial pictures, which for example stylise the gas warfare without actually portraying it. (…)”

Silvia Nagl, OÖ Nachrichten, 1.9.2014