Life sets challenges and obstacles before people that they can always overcome. Even those seemingly insurmountable and insoluble. The universal cosmic equality (we may refer to it as God, Allah, Yahweh, Buddha, Krishna, destiny, fate, ontology…) offers one a vastness of variants, and within them there is always the possibility of a solution. It remains up to the individual if they will manage to spot it and make it happen. For, everything is in the perception. Before these claims cause discomfort, disagreement, or resistance in some of you who are reading this text this very moment, I shall add: It is an entirely different question if a person would succeed in overcoming the challenges and obstacles. And what does overcoming mean in the first place? Is it mere cognizance? Or just its materialization? Can cognizance and materialization have the same quality and sense? We are looking at ourselves through life, observing other people, sharing spacetime with them. Every day we are faced with smaller or greater challenges and obstacles, both external and internal. If we are opened to our own heart of darkness at all, we know how hard it can be. To endure in time, to last in space. And we see one too many times how people break down. Sometimes they manage to recover and move on. Sometimes they do not.
What is the breaking point inside a person, one that can no longer heal?
There is Ernst Toller. There is Eugen Hinkemann. There are we, Toller’s and Hinkemann’s successors. There is life, in its different historical and personal registers, biographies already concluded and those that are yet emerging.
The Zagreb Youth Theater is a modern, prestigious theater hand in hand with recent European trends in performing arts, recognized and respected outside the Croatian borders as well. Multidirectional programming guidelines, an experienced and agile ensemble, the College as the core of future professionals and theater-conscious audience, openness to projects of the non-institutional scene, and a preference for exploring and various interlacings of genre make it a special and important junction on the Croatian theater map. By networking with a number of international organizations, supporting hostings, and participating in co-productions, the ZKM Theater has established its position in the European theater space as well. In a wider cultural context, it enables the conditions for the development of various artistic practices, encourages creativity and cultural and spiritual enrichment, recognizes positive social values, and impacts their growth.
“The context of Toller’s drama is familiar to us in the sense that war invalids are, unfortunately, our current theme, and distant in the sense that Toller speaks of a much firmer and crueller civilisation, where being a loser is much more drastic.”
Tomislav Čadež, Jutarnji list, 11.11.2015
“Hinkemann, this one-man-tragedy, not by a chance, reflects the tragicalness of German and European man after World War I on the one hand, and the civilisation that has failed to change on the other.”
Andreja Tunjić, Vijenac, 26.11.2015
“By depicting darkness, the production of ‘Hinkemann’ of the Zagreb Youth Theatre leaves room for light, in which we observe that paradox is the way we live. And then, the crisis turns into an opportunity.”
Nataša Gvozdenović, Dani, 4.12.2015