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Bílá Voda (White Water)

Kateřina Tučková

Premiere performances: 9 and 10 May 2024 at the Estates Theatre

The Estates Theatre
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    Sunday 17. 11.

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    Monday 16. 12.

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    Wednesday 7. 5.

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    Basic information


    The Estates Theatre

    Approximate running time

    3 hours 10 minutes, 1 intermission (20 minutes) minutes


    In Czech, surtitles in English


    May 9, 2024

    "We are human beings, we have to help each other. That's what unites us all, whether we believe in your Lord God or not, isn't it?"


    • 2023-2024
    • 2024-2025


    Daniel Majling
    Stage director
    Michal Vajdička
    Translation and Dramaturgy
    Ilona Smejkalová
    Movement coach
    Laco Cmorej
    Translation of English surtitles
    Alžběta Soperová


    Bílá Voda, or White Water, a remote village hidden in the mountains... Two young girls consecrated to God – Tobie and Evarista – arrive in the village the last September night of 1950, when the communist regime interned all Czechoslovak nuns in concentration convents. They are forced to labour in the local factory together with all other nuns. Tobie is crippled forever by the hard work, while Evarista has her vow of chastity forcibly broken and suffers humiliation in a communist prison. Yet the wardens cannot deprive her of her faith and loyalty to the order. Can a nun rebel against the secular and ecclesiastical authorities, stand against the regime and the collaborating church? The hardest battle must be fought within one’s own soul...

    The latest novel by Kateřina Tučková, awarded with the 2022 Czech State Award for Literature, narrates the history of women’s religious orders under the communist regime, which is an often-overlooked chapter of the Czech history, and the role of women in the Catholic Church.

    Czechs are considered the most atheistic nation in the world; indeed, only about one-third of our country's population professes any religion. One percent of Czechs are even “conscious atheists who reject the existence of a God they know something about.” The truth is that we tend to believe in various ideologies to make for the lacking belief in God. Indeed, even today, many people would not hesitate to put an end to the institution that was responsible for the Inquisition, the Crusades and the Wars of Religion. Nonetheless, are those who fight against Evarista fanatics who have been given the chance to release their inherent sadism, or are their acts driven by true belief in making the world a better, safer, freer and happier place?

    Slovak playwright Daniel Majling says that every ideology speaks the language it has created – and he conceived his theatrical adaptation in this sense.

    Official photos: Petr Neubert

    WARNING: We use smoke machine, tobacco products, fire gun and vulgar language during the performance. 
    Suitable for audience from 15 years. 

    Thanks to the artists who contributed to the recording of the music for the performance:

    Music notation: Slavomir Solovic
    Recorded by: Igor Baar (Loft Studio)
    Production: Jana Brezinová (NOVINSKI s.r.o.)

    Pavel Bogacz, Martina Karnoková, Marián Svetlík, Peter Šaray, Igor Maršálek, Vilém Trgo, Radomír Cikatricis, Juraj Madari, Martin Kušš, Andrej Gál, Jan Šiška, Marián Vavro (strings), Barbora Gálová (flute), Juraj Pivoluska (clarinet), Viliam Vojčík (horn), Michal Novinski (other instruments)

    Thanks to Alžbeta Zea Ferencová and sister Siarda.

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