Václav Gabriel Piňos is currently reading English Language & Literature at the University of Oxford; he writes short stories and poems as well as drama.
Ian Mikyska is about to begin studying classical composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, and works mainly as a composer of concert music and music for the theatre.
First and foremost, in your own words: what is “The Analyses” about?
Ian: The subtitle of the show is “The Story of Little Miss Reading.” Misreading and the way texts can be manipulated - and the disparate motivations that are at the basis of these often wilful misreading – are at the centre of the play, in this particular instance the texts are musical, written by the main character, a composer.
Václav: The eponymous analyses occupy an ambiguous space. Partly they are critical accretion on the composer’s work, but they are also, in their wilful and often absurd methods and conclusions, aesthetic objects in their own right. As such they aren’t divorced from the world, however, but are the tool in power-struggles (which we focus primarily on questions of sexuality and gender) enacted beneath the veneer of interpretation.
What was your muse (a book, poem, musical piece) when writing the play?
Václav: The narrative of the piece is traditional – the futile attempt to understand a single simple factual point about an artist’s mind which could immediately elucidate all of her or his intellectual output. “Svatý Xaverius! by Jakub Arbes and Henry James’ “The Figure in the Carpet” are just two texts which exemplify this narrative.
Ian: The other strand was more direct – the life of the composer Alois Piños (1925-2008), Václav’s grandfather. Rather than try and research his life and write a “bio-pic,” we decided to take on his role in a more general sense, particularly in relation to the themes of legacy and heredity that were already mentioned.
What was the biggest challenge when writing or realizing “The Analyses”?
Ian: The play features a lot of extremely dense, fast, academic dialogue which will seem absurd when heard on stage, but which develops the dynamic and relationships between characters. The trouble was to get those things across through the actors whilst still occasionally trying to get the meaning of certain lines across without slowing down the pace or simplifying it too much.
If you were to condense “The Analyses” in a single sentence, what would it be
(its genre, main theme – ex. “A story of…”)?
Václav: A playful if alarming parody of gender, conveyed through semanticized absurdism and an old man’s existential doubts.
When and where can one see your creation?
The 11th to the 13th of April at Divadlo Inspirace on Malostranské náměstí. You can watch the trailer on https://vimeo.com/62767158 and reserve tickets on http://www.blrtheatre.com/#!analyses/c1rwx; group ticket discounts are available. More information available on the event’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/events/562902813743256/?fref=ts.