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Spiritually Incorrect: An Existential Comedy - duchovní aktivistické divadlo v Praze

Alan Clements, bývalý budhistický mnich v Barmě, novinář, autor, lidskoprávní aktivista a performer improvizovaného slova nového druhu politického divadla představí v Praze své iconoklasické one-man show Spiritually Incorrect: An Existential Comedy v Divadle na Zábradlí v sobotu 14. května 2005 v 19.00 hodin. Kritici popisují jeho představení jako průkopnická a radikální v nového žánru spirituální zábavy: nezvyklá zábava, duchaplný vtip a intenzivně reálný existenciální požitek.

ALAN CLEMENTS LIVE: SPIRITUALLY INCORRECT
An improvisional monologue combining comedy, satire and activism

"Blend a former Buddhist monk with Noam Chomsky and Lenny Bruce."
~ Jon Woodhouse, Arts and Entertainment critic, The Maui News

Alan Clements, a former Buddhist monk, journalist, author, human rights activist, and a performer of improvised spoken word in a radical new genre of "political theater" will bring his iconoclastic one-man show "Spiritually Incorrect: An Existential Comedy" to the Divadlo Na zabradli on SATURDAY 14. Mai 05 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

(TWO SHOWS ONLY in Prague, in Vienna at the Theater des Augenblicks on FRIDAY 20th May 05 and SATURDAY 21st May 05 at 8pm).

A former director of Amnesty International called Clements "one of the most important and compelling voices of our times". Theatre critics have described Clements as a "Michael Moore meets Krishnamurti" and “a Lenny Bruce for the post-New Age".

Clements has performd his one man theatrical monologue to audiences in the US, Canada and Australia almost 100 times to illuminate the fundamental importance of understanding human consciousness as the basis for true social, political and spiritual transformation.

Clements delivers a message which is rooted in the power of nonviolence and compassion. "Spiritually Incorrect" is a hilarious examination of contemporary sacred spiritual cows and geo-political issues that questions the use of religious beliefs and moral values as a justification for (political and military) aggression.

As a former monk in Burma - a country ravaged by dictatorship - and a journalist in the former-Yugoslavia during the final year of their war, Clements speaks to these issues from his heart and from his deep personal experience.

Clements was the first North American to be ordained as a Buddhist monk in Burma, where he lived in a monastery for the better part of a decade during the 1970's and 1980's before disrobing and becoming a spiritual anarchist involved in Burma's nonviolent struggle against dictatorship. His most recent book, "Instinct for Freedom," explores his philosophy of freedom as expereinced living as a monk and a journalist and human rights activist in war zones and forms the basis of his improvisational metaphysical-political one-man show.

The event is benefit performance intended to raise awareness of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's incarcerated Nobel peace laureate with whom Clements co-authored the international acclaimed book of conversations, "The Voice of Hope". President Vaclav Havel nominated Aung San Suu Kyi for the Nobe Prize and described her as “one of the most outstanding examples of the power of the powerless”. Like Mandela and Havel before her, Aung San Suu Kyi`s words challenge the values and behavoiur of politicians everywhere, and provide a beacon of hope to all those who believe in human rights. Presently, MTV is running a worldwide 60 second TV ad campaign referring to Aung San Suu Kyi as "the next Nelson Mandela." She was also named by Time magazine as one of the world's top 100 Heroes and Icons. In addition, U 2's album, "Everything You Can't Leave Behind," which won best album in 2003, was dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi and the title song written for her.

For further information visit Alan's web site at WorldDharma.com


Advance Tickets for the Saturday's shows in Prague on May 14 at 7 pm and 9 pm are CZK 300 and CZK 200 for students, seniors and disabled people / CZK 400 at the door, available through www.ticketpro.cz, telephone 269 329 999 or by visiting their outlets. A limiited number of tickets is also available at the Divadlo na Zabradli box office.

Tickets for the shows in Vienna on May 14 and 15 are available through www.oeticket.com


Clements has been interviewed on ABC's Nightline, CBS News, CBC, Talk to America, VOA, BBC, and by the New York Times, London Times, Time and Newsweek magazines, Yoga Journal and scores of other media worldwide.

He has presented to such organizations as Mikhail Gorbachev's State of The World Forum, The Soros Foundation, United Nations Association of San Francisco, including a keynote address for Amnesty International's 30th year anniversary.

Alan is based in Vancouver, Canada, and lectures, performs and leads retreats as one of the West`s senior-most dharma teachers in the US, in Canada, Europe and Australia.


What critics have said about Alan Clements

"Alan Clements is pioneering a radical new genre of spiritual entertainment; funny, witty, and intensely real. His show is an existential feast of unrehearsed honesty."
~ Liliane Versailles, Theater Critic, The Altered Stage

"Blend a former Buddhist monk with Noam Chomsky and Lenny Bruce and you get a sense of Alan Clements' hilarious, brilliant, and deliciously irreverent one man performance."
~ Jon Woodhouse, Arts and Entertainment critic, The Maui News

"Alan Clements is Michael Moore meets Krishnamurti."
Lloyd Kandell - Taboo Records

For further information visit Alan's web site at WorldDharma.com.

Wolfgang Vrzal
Production "Spiritually Incorrect"
3910 Zwettl, Austria
Phone: ++43/650/4303912
Email: wolfgang.vrzal@utanet.at

(06.04.2005)
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