Drama The National Theatre

My Heart Beats to the Rhythm of Swing

Jiří Traxler, Martin Vačkář, Ondřej Havelka

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Stage director: Ondřej Havelka
Sets: Martin Černý
Costumes: Kateřina Štefková
Music: Jiří Traxler
Choreography: Jana Hanušová
Dramaturgy: Daria Ullrichová

The “white” variant of jazz, but above all dance, entertainment and hope – that’s swing. The production gives an account of the clash between the free spirit of music and two totalitarian regimes, a testimony to the unequal struggle in the rhythm of enchanting melodies and the Melody Makers on the stage. The original revue, created directly for the National Theatre, will link up to the best of Ondřej Havelka’s oeuvre. The production will pay tribute to Jiří Traxler, a remarkable jazzman and great star of Czech music. Inspired by the artist’s memoirs, Havelka will adapt for the stage the part of Traxler’s life connected with the Czech jazz scene, exposed to two dictatorships that fettered free music. The work does not depict a heroic but an everyday love story in a disjointed time.

Previews: 25 and 26 June 2015 at the National Theatre

World premiere: September 2015