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Blanka Fišerová: The 10 Commandments According to Dagmar – Final Performance

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 26, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

Let’s not be indifferent toward our past; it can after all very easily and quickly repeat itself…

The 10 Commandments According to Dagmar is a staged reading of Dagmar Šimková’s book Byly jsme tam taky (We Were There Too). It is a very personal, internal, authentic testimony about the Communist prisons in which the author spent 14 years. Her recollections don’t lack either perspective or inspiring and appropriate firmness of opinion. She says far more about the period and the absurdity and monstrousness of the Communist regime than a few lines in a history textbook could.

The book has been transformed into a staged reading by Blanka Fišerová, who is also its only actor, and performances always retain an improvisational character. We get to hear not only excerpts from the book but also fragments of engaged poetic art and quotations from period documents.

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Diary entry for 26. April 2005, To the Castle and Back

„And here we are once more on the subject of Czech small-mindedness. Look after Number One, don’t get mixed up in other people’s business, keep your head down, don’t look up – we’re surrounded by mountains and those whirlwinds from the outside world will blow over our heads and we can go on burrowing in our little backyard. How many wise essays or books have been written about his domestic self-absorption of ours!“

Václav Havel:
Diary entry for 26. April 2005, To the Castle and Back, 2006

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