Freedom, identity, originality & Slavic nature
The New StageApproximate running time
2 hours, 2 intermission (20 minutes) minutesPremiere
June 14, 2018
The Slavs possess a rich cultural and historical heritage, and a high creative potential. They are closely connected with nature, and virtually all the traditional customs and rituals are derived from the principle of this unity. They are easy to adapt and become accustomed to other ethnic milieus. An art form cannot be questioned – your origin, the place you hail from.
The careful attention the Slavs pay to composers, to the melancholy soul, has a physical tenderness. Katarzyna, Andrey and Ondřej are choreographers endowed with unique visions and talent, artists characterised by an emotional purpose. Moods aren’t just feelings to colour your mental life. Moods are the way each of us experiences life in this world. Moods are connected with our very being. To be wise, your aim (and will) should be to enjoy being. Why not? Life is a waltz. The waltz of living. Don’t look at your feet. 1-2-3, 1-2-3. 1-2-3. Enjoyment is the thing. (Katarzyna Kozielska about choreography ASPECTS)
Antonín Dvořák’s Dumka No. 4 enthralled me upon the very first listen. I put it on over and over again, imagining meeting someone whom I know and to whom I feel very close. I felt as though I really were with that person, experiencing moments of happiness and careless childhood. And whenever the main motif reoccurred following the sweep of euphoria, it assured that it was gone ... (Ondřej Vinklát about choreography DUMKA)
Perfect Example is a loose succession of scenes about a group of individuals, a people, a nation. This group lives in a system that claims to create a perfect community. And perfection means: there are no difficulties, no differences, no problems of any kind. To reach this goal, it’s necessary to take drastic measures, and the individual has to curb his/her necessities in the name of the people. But the longer this goes on the more urgently the questions arise: Is this really in the best interest of the people? Is there really a system, or is it just an experiment? Are the people just guinea pigs in search of an answer to the question: How close to being one can we get before different opinions tear everything apart? And how much are we willing to pay, to set the perfect example? (Andrey Kaydanovskiy about choreography PERFECT EXAMPLE).
Approximate running time, including intermissions: 2 hours, two 20-minute intermissions
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Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 May at 9am we started selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of October 2023.
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By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.
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Buffets on the New Stage
Use Café Nona for refreshments on the New Stage.