Ballet The Estates Theatre

Leonce & Lena

Czech premiere: 30 November 2019


Choreography: Christian Spuck
Music: Léo Delibes, Martin Donner, Amilcare Ponchielli, Alfred Schnittke, Johann Strauss jr., Johann Strauss, Josef Strauss, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Hans Cochran, Eartha Kitt, The Mamas and the Papas
Sets and Costumes: Emma Ryott
Assistant designer: Chris Dudgeon
Light design: Martin Gebhardt
Staged by: Lisa Davies, Rolando d’Alesio
Musical preparation: David Švec
Conductor: David Švec, Valentina Shuklina
Ballet master: Michaela Černá, Nelly Danko, Nelly Danko

Dramaturgical introduction at 18:30 - in the Mozart Lounge (in Czech language)

The renowned German choreographer Christian Spuck’s 2008 ballet Leonce and Lena, created for the Aalto Theater in Essen, is based on Georg Büchner’s 1836 play. A satire veiled in humour tells the story of Leonce, Prince of Popo, a melancholic, dreamy young man, and Lena, the beautiful Princess of Pipi, who had their political marriage arranged upon their birth. They revolt against the decisions made by their fathers. On the eve of their planned wedding, Leonce and Lena flee to Italy, where they happen to meet in an inn and fall in love with each other. Following their return to the Kingdom of Popo, their identities are revealed, yet Leonce and Lena no longer perceive their marriage as being forced upon them by their parents, but as a result of the intervention of providence. They ultimately accept their predetermined roles as King and Queen. The production has been staged by such prominent companies as Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, the Stuttgart Ballet and Ballett Zürich.

Czech premiere: 30 November 2019 in The Estates Theatre

Soloists and corps de ballet of The Czech National Ballet
National Theatre Orchestra

Approximate running time, including intermission:
1 hour 50 minutes, one 20-minute intermission

Photo of the visual image: Pavel Hejný
Photographers for production: Martin Divíšek, Serghei Gherciu


Peter, King of Popo

Prince Leonce, his son

Lena, Princess of Pipi




Complete Cast


Master of Ceremonies


Court Preacher Hofprediger

District Administrator



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