The songs of Jaromír Nohavica and Beata Bocek in a dance theatre by Petr Zuska
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2 hours 15 minutes, 1 intermission 20 minutesPremiere
World premiere 15 Juny 2017
For his new production, Petr Zuska has again been inspired by songs and songwriters, this time having opted for two musician from the Ostrava region, Jarek Nohavica and Beata Bocek. From a certain vantage point, Solo for the Two of Us may thus be perceived as a dialogue between two singer-songwriters, who are connected by hailing from the same area (the Těšín region), by the local languages (Czech and Polish), as well as by the musical genre.
The title, Solo for the Two of Us, refers to several levels at once. Not only solo for Jaromír Nohavica and Beata Bocek, two fabulous contemporary musicians and singer-songwriters, both of them hailing from Těšín, a Czech-Polish region.
On 20 May 2007, the National Theatre hosted the premiere of my dance-theatre piece Brel – Vysotsky – Kryl / Solo for Three. The production, very specific, singular and unique in many respects, has ever since enjoyed great popularity on the part of audiences in Prague and beyond, and gained acclaim in a number of cities worldwide.
Ten years on, I have decided to come up with something that would in a certain way link up to the production, both in dramaturgic and symbolic terms. Something that would bear kindred structural and thematic traits yet as a stylistically different and independent original piece encompass its own, new message. The title, Solo for the Two of Us, refers to several levels at once. It may mean a solo for a relationship between a man and a woman.
Or a solo for a human being and his/her demon concealed somewhere within.
A solo for an adult and the little child he/she once was and which he/she has lost en route somewhere.
A solo for a “duet” of the heart and the mind, the soul and the body, life and death. Yet it also concerns a dialogue of an individual with that which surrounds him/her, with the reality and society the person is part of.
And, last but not least, it is a solo for Jaromír Nohavica and Beata Bocek, two fabulous contemporary musicians and singer-songwriters, both of them hailing from Těšín, a Czech-Polish region.
Accordingly, in the final analysis, we can say that in addition to the aforementioned it may be deemed to be an encounter between two beautiful Slavonic languages.
Petr Zuska P. S. And should my performance turn out well, you can also expect a Solo for Laughter and Tears.
Photographer for production: Martin Divíšek
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