Leonce & Lena
A satirical comedy and timeless ballet
The Estates TheatreApproximate running time
1 hour 50 minutes, 1 intermission 20 minutesPremiere
Czech premiere: 30 November 2019
The production has been staged by such prominent companies as Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, the Stuttgart Ballet and Ballett Zürich.
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.
Soloists and corps de ballet of The Czech National Ballet
National Theatre Orchestra
Photo of the visual image: Pavel Hejný
Photographers for production: Martin Divíšek, Serghei Gherciu
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