Drama The National Theatre

My Heart Beats to the Rhythm of Swing

Martin Vačkář, Ondřej Havelka
Once upon a time … The story of the most famous Czech swing musician through the lens of Ondřej Havelka.



Stage director: Ondřej Havelka
Dramaturgy: Marta Ljubková, Martin Urban
Sets: Martin Černý
Costumes: Kateřina Štefková
Music: Jiří Traxler, Alfons Jindra, Jan Šíma, Jaroslav Ježek
Hudební dramaturgie: Ondřej Havelka
Arrangements and musical direction: Jakub Šafr
Choreography: Jana Hanušová, Janek Kabelka

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: 10 and 11 September 2015

Ondřej Havelka and his Melody Makers

Photo: Pavel Nesvadba

Approximate running time, including intermission:
2 hours, 45 minutes, one 20-minute intermission


This production is not performed at the present time.


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