Farm in the Cave: Sclavi / The Song of an Emigrant, 2005

The scenic composition is based on field research the Farm in the Cave did in villages of eastern Slovakia, on old Ruthenian and Ukrainian songs, on letters of Slovak emigrants, and on the story of Karel Čapek’s Hordubal.

After several years, an anonymous gastarbeiter returns from America to his village in Slovakia. His place is taken. The emigrant´s effort to fit in the imagined gap back „here“ fuse with his memories of attempts to participate in the community „over there“. The rupture in the inability to be fully there where he is, and „bare life“ as the emigrant experiences does not mean only life without any social rights and identity, reduced to material needs, but mainly life without soul, without any network of relationships.

Duration: 55 min

„Farm in the Cave has managed to create conditions which theater historians always speak about with nostalgia – reminiscent of antique theater, Grotowsky’s theater, theater of all times and societies to whom has been granted a unity of professed values shared on both sides of the ramp…“ 

Malgorzata Jabloňska, Didaskalia 67/68

Performed by: 

Ivan Jurečka / Robert Nižník, Jun Wan Kim, Cécile da Costa, Hana Varadzinová, Roman Horák, Eliška Vavříková, Anna Gromanová, David Jánský, William Valerián


  • Created by: Viliam Dočolomanský, Matej Matejka, Maja Jawor, Robert Nižník, Hana Varadzinová, Eliška Vavříková, Roman Horák
  • Directed by: Viliam Dočolomanský
  • Musical direction: Mariana Sadovska, Viliam Dočolomanský
  • Musical dramaturgy, arrangement, vocal arrangement: Viliam Dočolomanský, Mariana Sadovska
  • Dramaturgy: Jana Pilátová
  • Movement assistance: Ivana Dukic
  • Scenography and costume design: Barbora Erniholdová
  • Light design: Daniel Tesař
  • Production: Alena Baňáková

Premiere: 3rd and 4th of March 2005, Švanda Theatre, Prague