BALLET
HOMECOMINGS
Bedřich Smetana, Bohuslav Martinů, Leoš Janáček
Premiere Nov 21, 2013, 6.30 PM
Jiří Myron Theatre
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HOMECOMINGS

Bedřich Smetana, Bohuslav Martinů, Leoš Janáček

Premiere Nov 21, 2013, 6.30 PM - Jiří Myron Theatre

Three choreographies in one evening: Trio g moll, The Strangler and On an Overgrown Path

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Looking back is like wandering along an overgrown path – memories have faded away, values and feelings about individual events have changed over time. Some less significant experiences have become clearer; the emotional power of others has died away. The choreography by Jiří Kylián enables these situations to be present in their significance without having to depict the life story of Leoš Janáček.

Bohuslav Martinů drew his inspiration from Leoš Janáček; Nataša Novotná was inspired by Jiří Kylián – two completely different generations, different views, but the same desires, the same dreams...

The ballet triptych will open with Pavel Šmok’s Trio in G Minor from 1991 danced to the music by Bedřich Smetana.

Three choreographies in one evening: Trio in G Minor, The Strangler and On an Overgrown Path.


Pre-performance talk

in Czech (foyer, ground floor)
18.00

Trio in G Minor

Choreographer: PAVEL ŠMOK
assistant choreographer: Kateřina Franková-Dedková
Costume designer: Josef Jelínek
Light designer: Jakub Sloup
Premiered: 20th September 1991 in Cardiff, UK; Prague Chamber Ballet
Performers: Soloists and the Ballet Ensemble of the NMST

“Deeply shaken, Smetana wrote his Trio in G Minor after the death of his musically talented daughter Bedřiška. I do not know what was going through his mind when he was writing the score, but I know what I felt in his music - the tragedy of his loss and emptiness, but also memories of children’s games and carefree youth. If our body expressions evoke in you similar feelings, then we have succeeded.” Pavel Šmok, 16th September 2013

The Strangler

Music arrangement: Jakub Žídek
Choreographer: NATAŠA NOVOTNÁ
assistant choreographer: Lenka Dřímalová
Costume designer: Eva Brzáková
visual: R/FRM: Jan Tůma, Jindřich Ráftl a Andrej Boleslavský
Stage and light designer: David Bazika
Musicians: Piano: Ivo Kahánek; Clarinet: Igor Františák; Flute: Jan Ostrý; Oboe: Jan Souček; bassoon: Martin Petrák, Drums: Rostislav Mikeška
Sphinx: Lada Bělašková, Zuzana Majvelderová / Kristína Moravčíková, Oedipus: Filip Staněk / Giordano Bozza, František Strnad, Patrick Ulman / Macbeth Kaněra
Reciting ensemble: Q VOX Men‘s Vocal Quartet - Tomáš Badura, Petr Julíček, Tomáš Krejčí / Jiří Miroslav Procházka, Vítěslav Šlahař

“The Ceremony of Transformation – that is the subtitle of the ballet for three dancers in the score called The Strangler. Both, the piece of music that Bohuslav Martinů wrote after a long illness in 1948 in New York, cosmopolitan and full of new influences and the mythical story of Oedipus and Sphinx from long before Christ, evoke subconsciously rather a dramatic atmosphere. To what extent, however, does the current drama reflect the real situation and to what extent do we create it based on some distant situations? If we still find the courage to get closer, very possibly we will discover that everything is different, that what seemed invincible yesterday, today it is just something to be laughed at…”
 
Nataša Novotná, 16th September 2013

On an Overgrown Path
Dedicated to Antony Tudor

Choreographer: JIŘÍ KYLIÁN
assistant choreographer: Jeanne Solan
Piano: Ivo Kahánek
Stage and costume designer: Walter Nobbe
Costume tailor: Joke Visser
Light designer: Kees Tjebbes
Assistant choreographer: Jeanne Solan
Premiered: 13th November 1980, Circustheater, Scheveningen
Performers: Soloists and the Ballet Ensemble of the NMST

“I was “infected” with the music by Leoš Janáček already during my studies at Prague’s conservatory. Our teacher, Mrs Zora Šemberová, choreographed for me and my dancing partner Lucie Novotná ‚In the Mists‘ for our graduation concert in 1967. But I drank Janáček’s music along with breast milk because my mother‘s family come from Silesia.
In its essence, my choreography of ‚On an Overgrown Path‘ directly springs from Janáček’s music. But not only that. It is a praise of ‚our little world‘ in which the whole universe is reflected! In this choreography, our stage is not the main place. The stage we see is only a small unimportant segment of something that surpasses our imagination and fantasy, although it is about our life and our death…
For sure, Janáček knew this… This principle is present in all of his work and in his life!”

Jiří Kylián, 31st August 2013

Supported by Nederlandse Ambassade in Praag, Bohuslav Martinů Foundation and Leoš Janáček Foundation .

 

 

 

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  Articles

Review of Homecomings
(Martinů Revue, 1/2014)



 

logoCast - Season:
Date Time Stage Type Detail Tickets
Nov 21, 2013 6.30 PMJiří Myron TheatrePremiereshow detail
Nov 23, 2013 6.30 PMJiří Myron Theatre2nd premiereshow detail
Dec 5, 2013 6.30 PMJiří Myron TheatreRepetitionshow detail
Jan 24, 2014 6.30 PMJiří Myron TheatreRepetitionshow detail
Jan 26, 2014 3.00 PMJiří Myron TheatreRepetitionshow detail
Mar 7, 2014 6.30 PMJiří Myron TheatreRepetitionshow detail
Mar 11, 2014 6.30 PMJiří Myron TheatreRepetitionshow detail
Mar 21, 2014 6.30 PMJiří Myron TheatreRepetitionshow detail
May 7, 2014 6.30 PMJiří Myron TheatreRepetitionshow detail
Jun 19, 2014 7.30 PMRepetitionshow detail
Sep 30, 2014 6.30 PMJiří Myron TheatreRepetitionshow detail
Oct 16, 2014 6.30 PMJiří Myron TheatreRepetitionshow detail
Oct 29, 2014 6.30 PMJiří Myron TheatreRepetitionshow detail
Nov 2, 2014 7.00 PMNational Theatre PragueRepetitionshow detail
Nov 22, 2014 6.30 PMJiří Myron TheatreDerniereshow detail

The play is no longer in our repertoire.

logoGallery
TRIO G MOLL

Brígida Pereira Neves, Vladimír Vašků, Petra Kováčová
Photo by: Martin Popelář
TRIO G MOLL

Barbora Šulcová, Jan Krejčíř
Photo by: Martin Popelář
TRIO G MOLL

Barbora Vašků Kaufmannová, Barbora Šulcová, Jan Krejčíř
Photo by: Martin Popelář
PO ZAROSTLÉM CHODNÍČKU

Isabelle Ayers, Petra Kováčová, Eriko Wakizono, Brígida Pereira Neves
Photo by: Martin Popelář
PO ZAROSTLÉM CHODNÍČKU

Vladimír Vašků, Jan Krejčíř, Barbora Vašků Kaufmannová
Photo by: Martin Popelář
PO ZAROSTLÉM CHODNÍČKU

Eriko Wakizono, Filip Veverka
Photo by: Martin Popelář
ŠKRTIČ

Zuzana Majvelderová
Photo by: Martin Popelář
PO ZAROSTLÉM CHODNÍČKU

Brígida Pereira Neves, Olga Borisová-Pračiková, Petra Kováčová, Isabelle Ayers
Photo by: Martin Popelář
logoRehearsal gallery
TRIO G MOLL

Vladimír Vašků, Brígida Pereira Neves, Petra Kováčová
Photo by: Martin Popelář
TRIO G MOLL

Petra Kováčová, Vladimír Vašků, Brígida Pereira Neves
Photo by: Martin Popelář
ŠKRTIČ

František Strnad, Patrick Ulman, Zuzana Majvelderová, Filip Staněk
Photo by: Martin Popelář
ŠKRTIČ

Zuzana Majvelderová, Lada Bělašková
Photo by: Martin Popelář
PO ZAROSTLÉM CHODNÍČKU

Isabelle Ayers, Michał Lewandowski, Olga Borisová-Pračiková, Po-Ju Lin
Photo by: Martin Popelář
PO ZAROSTLÉM CHODNÍČKU - sbor

Photo by: Martin Popelář