Solo for the Two of Us
Ballet

Solo for the Two of Us

The songs of Jaromír Nohavica and Beata Bocek in a dance theatre by Petr Zuska

The New Stage
Popular title
Contemporary Theatre

Dear spectators,

The National Theatre operates at full capacity and all purchased tickets remain valid. However, it is obligatory to wear a face mask or other similar protection of the nose and mouth inside the theatre.

Spectators entrance, stay in the theatre and the subsequent exit is organized by the theatre staff in a special mode so that the visitors of the individual sectors are separated from each other and do not have to meet even in the areas of refreshments, restrooms or cloak rooms.

Thank you for respecting the government regulations and we look forward to seeing you.

Basic information

Venue

The New Stage

Approximate running time

2 hours 15 minutes, 1 intermission 20 minutes

Premiere

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.

Cast

  • 2020-2021

Creatives

Choreography & Stage direction
Petr Zuska
Costumes
Pavel Knolle
Lighting design
Daniel Tesař

About

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

Practical information

Where to buy tickets

When purchasing online, we will send you an E-ticket by e-mail. You can pick up printed tickets in person at any of our box offices.

What to wear?

By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

Parking at the National Theater

While visiting The National Theatre and the New Stage You can use nearby secure car parks:
Kotva department store (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh.
Palladium department store (Na Poříčí 1079/3a, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh, or to the Powder Gate through Celetná street to Ovocný trh.

From the beginning of April 2020, the underground car park is closed due to reconstruction. The length of the reconstruction is estimated at a year and a half.

 

Buffets on the New Stage

Use Café Nona for refreshments on the New Stage.

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Solo for the Two of Us Programme

A booklet for the production of Solo for the Two of Us

55 Kč