Solo for the Two of Us
On 20 May 2007, the National Theatre hosted the premiere of my original
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. And it is also a solo for
myself – the outgoing – and Filip Barankiewicz – the incoming –
artistic director, to whom soon after this piece has been premiered I will hand
over the Czech National Ballet company. And, last but not least, it is a solo
for Jaromír Nohavica and Beata Bocek, two fabulous contemporary musicians and
performing poets, whose individual creations have naturally positioned them on
the borderline between the Polish and Czech identity and psyche. Accordingly,
from the viewpoints of Filip and myself, the idea can also be deemed a Solo for
the Czech Republic and Poland.
Music: Jaromír Nohavica, Beata Bocek
Theme: Petr Zuska
Choreography & Stage direction: Petr Zuska
Premieres 15. & 16. june 2017
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