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18. 3. 2015

World Theatre Day 2015 with Solo for three

World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute. It is celebrated annually on the 27th March by ITI Centres and the international theatre community. On this day we will perform Brel – Vysotsky – Kryl / Solo for Three, choreography by artistic director of the Czech National Ballet Petr Zuska. It is a ravishing performance inspired by the lives and songs of three singer-poets of the 1960s and 1970s – Jacques Brel, Vladimir Vysotsky and Karel Kryl. 

Don't miss on March 27, 2015 at 7 pm in the National Theatre.

Part of the Message of World Theatre Day 2015

"...We are no longer able to build towers, and the walls we stubbornly construct do not protect us from anything—on the contrary, they themselves demand protection and care that consumes a great part of our life energy. We no longer have the strength to try and glimpse what lies beyond the gate, behind the wall. And that’s exactly why theater should exist and where it should seek its strength. To peek inside where looking is forbidden." Krzysztof Warlikowski

 

 

World Theater Day Message 2015

World Theater Day Message 2015

The true masters of the theater are most easily found far from the stage. And they generally have no interest in theater as a machine for replicating conventions and reproducing clichés. They search out the pulsing source, the living currents that tend to bypass performance halls and the throngs of people bent on copying some world or another. We copy instead of create worlds that are focused or even reliant on debate with an audience, on emotions that swell below the surface. And actually there is nothing that can reveal hidden passions better than the theater.  

Most often I turn to prose for guidance.  Day in and day out I find myself thinking about writers who nearly one hundred years ago described prophetically but also restrainedly the decline of the European gods, the twilight that plunged our civilization into a darkness that has yet to be illumined. I am thinking of Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann and Marcel Proust. Today I would also count John Maxwell Coetzee among that group of prophets.

Their common sense of the inevitable end of the world—not of the planet but of the model of human relations—and of social order and upheaval, is poignantly current for us here and now. For us who live after the end of the world. Who live in the face of crimes and conflicts that daily flare in new places faster even than the ubiquitous media can keep up. These fires quickly grow boring and vanish from the press reports, never to return. And we feel helpless, horrified and hemmed in. We are no longer able to build towers, and the walls we stubbornly construct do not protect us from anything—on the contrary, they themselves demand protection and care that consumes a great part of our life energy. We no longer have the strength to try and glimpse what lies beyond the gate, behind the wall. And that’s exactly why theater should exist and where it should seek its strength. To peek inside where looking is forbidden.

 “The legend seeks to explain what cannot be explained. Because it is grounded in truth, it must end in the inexplicable”—this is how Kafka described the transformation of the Prometheus legend.  I feel strongly that the same words should describe the theater. And it is that kind of theater, one which grounded in truth and which finds its end in the inexplicable that I wish for all its workers, those on the stage and those in the audience, and I wish that with all my heart.

Krzysztof Warlikowski


5. 3. 2015

Premiere of Ballettissimo!

Today, on March 5, you will taste the new premiere of the Czech National Ballet - Ballettissimo!

The mixed bill is made up of ballet works by distinguished European choreographers.

1st Symphony in D major by Gustav Mahler (choreography by Petr Zuska), Jacopo Godani's Reflections on the Fate of Human Forms and Beethoven's 7th Symphony in A major (choreography by Uwe Scholz). That's all is Ballettissimo

Don't miss it!