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Jana Pilátová The Virtue of Mistake


To introduce her October lecture, Jana Pilátová writes thus: “Ever since I was a child, I used to hear that you learn from your mistakes. Still, this is no easy thing. Success tends to be naturally attributed to our skill, whereas accident or another’s fault are blamed for failure. Thus we waste the opportunity to learn from the mistakes. (…)
Theatre may function as a laboratory where mistakes are investigated, both for us personally and for the community. Things hidden under the surface become accessible when things do not work the way they should. It is thanks to dysfunction that neurologists discover the secrets of the brain; thanks to social crises that are theatrically modelled, one can unravel the secrets of society and culture. A theatre addicted to success renounces the blessings of error analysis and deprives itself of the other shore, the shore of reality.”

Jana Pilátová is a theatre expert, professor at the Faculty of Theatre, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU), translator and dramatist. 

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