The National Theatre presents a film transcript of Daniel Špinar’s production of a piece called For Beauty. The film version is also the last performance of the piece in the theatre’s program.
One of the most influential Czech theatre-makers, the playwright, dramaturge, stage director, critic, and essayist Karel Hugo Hilar (1885–1935), born Karel Bakule, joined the National Theatre in Prague in 1921, at the height of his creative powers. As historians have put it, he entered “a very turbulent and hostile territory”. Hilar himself wrote: “The endeavor to attain style in modern theatre is an endeavor to make it turn inwards. The coming to understand that the art’s only objective is to create beauty”.
By no means a dry biographic interpretation, its aim is to conduct a live dialogue with those who have established the Czech theatre tradition. Let us try to imagine what it could be like to be in K. H. Hilar’s skin…
Go see it here (in Czech with English subtitles).