LUKÁŠ BRUTOVSKÝ (1988, Krompachy)

Completed the Bilingual High School in Poprad and then graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, where he majored in theatre direction in the class led by Peter Mikulík. While still a student, he enjoyed success with his production of Russian classics, such as The Death of Tarelkin, A Profitable Position and Summerfolk which were performed at several international theatre festivals (Bratislava, Prague, Brno, Moscow) and received several awards. In 2012, Slovak critics nominated the production A Profitable Position to receive the Dosky Award in the Best Direction of the Season category. After the completion of his master’s programme, Brutovský continued as a doctoral student and, besides other activities, also taught international students. He has been collaborating with several Slovak and Czech theatres (Bratislava, Nitra, Martin, Brno, Kladno, Prague). In 2014, he became the laureate of the Divadelní noviny journal’s Prize for Best Direction of the Season for the production Maryša at the HaTheatre. Since 2015, he has worked as the artistic director of the Slovak Chamber Theatre in Martin.

 

Description of his work:

Lukáš Brutovský is part of the youngest generation of Slovak contemporary directors. When selecting titles for the stage, he focuses on international, mostly Russian classics. He tends to avoid contemporary plays and directs them only sporadically (It Is the Wind That Makes the Flag, City Theatre Kladno, 2013). For Brutovský, working with classical texts and expressive interpretation thereof means to transform the texts into pure, aesthetic forms and to thoroughly construct situations which often contain anti-illusionary elements and rely visibly precise work of actors. The minimalist stage design allows the actors to concentrate on their performance and the features of their characters are manifested under maximalist requirements. Brutovský never relies on stage imagination shaped by music or a complicated visual design. The director communicates all meaning through actors and believes that when a stage is empty a person (spectator) can better focus on another person (actor).

While a student at the Academy of Performing Arts, he maintained an intense directorial-dramaturgical dialogue with dramaturg Miroslav Dacho with whom he has cooperated in most of his projects. In addition to directing plays and translating texts from German (The Parasite, The Ape and The Groom), Brutovský has written several radio and theatre plays and dramatizations (Talents, At Noon, The Trnava Group).

 

List of directed productions:

2009 / Studio 12 / Lukáš Brutovský: Talents

2010 / Academy of Performing Arts / Aleksandr Vasilyevich Sukhovo-Kobylin: The Death of Tarelkin

2011 / Bratislava Puppet Theatre / Dušan Štauder: A Stick Out of the Bag

2011 / Cervinus Theatre, Szarvas, Hungary / Michał Walczak: The Sandbox

2011 / Academy of Performing Arts / Edward Albee, Giles Cooper: Everything in the Garden

2012 / Academy of Performing Arts / Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky: A Profitable Position

2012 / Academy of Performing Arts / Maxim Gorky: Summerfolk

2013 / Andrej Bagar Theatre, Nitra / Louis Picard, Friedrich Schiller: The Parasite

2013 / City Theatre Kladno, Czech Republic / Phillip Löhle: It Is the Wind That Makes the Flag

2014 / HaTheatre, Brno, Czech Republic / Alois and Vilém Mrštík: Maryša

2014 / Slovak Chamber Theatre, Martin / Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky: The Forest

2014 / Ján Palárik Theatre, Trnava / Miro Dacho, Lukáš Brutovský: The Trnava Group

2014 / Drama Department of the Slovak National Theatre / a team of authors: The Ten Commandments (Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery)

2014 / Drama Department of the Slovak National Theatre / Peter Karvaš: Midnight Mass

2014 / Academy of Performing Arts / Thomas Bernhard: Ice Cream

2015 / Andrej Bagar Theatre, Nitra / Edmond Rostand: Cyrano de Bergerac

2015 / Švanda Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic / Molière: The Misanthrope

2015 / DPM Theatre / a team of authors: September 2015

2015 / South Bohemian Theatre, České Budějovice, Czech Republic / Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, Lukáš Brutovský: Kreutzer Sonata

2016 / Moravian-Silesian National Theatre, Ostrava, Czech Republic/ Pavel Vilikovský: My Father’s Diary

2016 / Slovak Chamber Theatre, Martin / Maxim Gorky: The Smug Citizens

2016 / Slovak Chamber Theatre Martin / Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol: The Gamblers

2017 / Petr Bezruč Theatre, Ostrava, Czech Republic / Lukáš Brutovský: P.S. ... write back

2017 / ASTORKA Korzo ’90 Theatre, Bratislava / Sophocles: Electra

2017 / Slovak Chamber Theatre Martin / Friedrich Schiller: Love and Intrigue

2017 / State Theatre Košice / Anton Pavlovich Chekhov: Uncle Vanya

 

List of devised (dramatic) texts:

Cruciverbalists (2008)

Talents (2009)

One Particular Early December Evening (2009, radio play)

Quattro Formaggi (2009)

At Noon (2010)

Delay, or Rudolf’s Revenge (2012, radio play)

Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery (2014); part of the project The Ten Commandments

The Trnava Group (2014)

Kreutzer Sonata (2015, theatre adaptation)

 

Translations:

Friedrich Schiller: The Parasite

Friedrich Schiller: Love and Intrigue

Thomas Bernhard: The Universal Reformer

Thomas Bernhard: Ice Cream, 4 short dramas from the cycle The German Lunch Table

Johann Nestroy: The Ape and the Groom

Peter Zvon: Dancing Over the Tears

Awards:

2008 / 3rd place in the 2008 Drama competition for the play Talents

2009 / 1st place in the 2009 Dráma competition for the play At Noon

2014 / Award of the Divadelní Noviny journal in 2013/2014 in the drama theatre category for Best Direction of the Season for HaTheatre’s production of Maryša

 

Foreign language skills: English, German, Russian

Contact: brutovsky.lukas@gmail.com

 

Videos from productions:

 

The Forest, 2014

video: archive SKD Martin

 

Midnight Mass, 2014

video: archive SND

The Trnava Group, 2014

video: archive DJP Trnava

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