Křeč Mladosti (Spasms of youth)
Theater Labyrinth, Prague
Friday 20 Nov. // 07:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Ernst-Beyer-Haus (Poetisches Theater)
Dadaism originated after 1916 as a counter-movement to the existing academic/bourgeois art and summarised a new lifestyle. It led away from orderly rules, from disciplined form, from profound content and created a comical art form of irrationalness and of the sheer joy of play for play’s sake. Baby talk, Dada, lent its name to the convenient concept of Dadaism. The Neo-Dadaism of the 1950s and 1960s seized the imagination of the world and fascinated it right up to present times.
Singers, actors and musicians met to return Dadaism to the contemporary stage. They created an explosive musical in which proximity, spontaneity, culture, nonet, absurdity, comedy and fantasy join in a delightful melange. The music carries the evening; its synchronised harmony and its vibrant resonance are far more than just a simple appendage, or interruption, of the spoken word.
Jiří Cerha was born 1943 in Prague. He studied composition and arrangement at the conservatory and founded the C. K. Vocal Choir. His large number of choir compositions were recorded on five records. Cerha sang on the Theatre Semafor and wrote a large number of stage compositions for theatres as well as for films. Last year he started his endeavours as composer and music dramatist at the Prague Realistic Theatre, a stage which in 1992 under a new doctrine was renamed Divadlo Labyrint (Theatre Labyrinth).
»It deals with a continuous, most theatrical and poetic stream of words, music, song and movement … Any notorious, stubborn realist, without feeling for the dadaistic poetic should avoid this performance and save himself a disappointment … It is more for those who love the enchantment of poetry, of wit, of humour and of exhilaration« (Lidová demokracie, Prague, 27.04.1992).
Musik: Jiří Cerha
Texte: Hans Arp, Daniil Charms, Velemir Chlebnikov, Tytus Czyżewski, Paul Dermée, Hans Gruber, Richard Huelsenbeck, Ljubomir Micic, Christian Morgenstern, Paul von Ostaijen, Francis Picabia, Philippe Soupault, Kurt Schwitters, Josef Síma, Tristan Tzara, Ivan Wernisch
Inszenierung: Karel Kříž
Bühnenbild: Jaroslav Malina
Kostüme: Marie Franková
Choreografische Mitwirkung: Jan Klár, Petr Šimek
Sänger und Schauspieler: Franzišek Kreuzmann, Thomás Petřík, Rudolf Stärz, Jaroslava Pokorná, Veronika Gajerová, Eva Salzmannová
Chor C. K. Vocal: Jiří Cerha, Helena Arnetová, Jiří Malšovský, Hana Horká, Zuzana Hinzlová
Musiker: Petr Pistora (Synthesizer), Petr Houdek (Violoncello), Martin Zbrožek (Violine)
2nd Festival Year