Opera by Ivan Acher
The New Stage - Laterna magika |
85 minutes |
In Esperanto with Czech and English surtitles
Ladislav Klíma’s grotesque expressionistic novel The Sufferings of Prince Sternenhoch has now like an inextinguishable fire stricken the fifth generation of seekers of earthly and cosmic forces. Stricken, inspired, burnt and ignited.
The prose’s unique combination of the low and the high, the grotesque and horror-like atmosphere, philosophy of the uppermost spheres and everyday lewdness has served as a sufficient breeding ground for a music creator with a penchant for morphing genres, a creator who likes to alternate darkness with the grotesque, and feels a close affinity to the author of the novel in terms of making use of the time entrusted to us on earth.
Ivan Acher thought about setting Klíma’s work to music back in 1993, after he had read it at a hermitage in the mountains. Yet the dream of a young man, who had just abandoned his studies, ran across reality, and a sober view left the idea among unattainable visions. The expressionistic nature of Ladislav Klíma’s piece and the subject of a fictitious story abounding in murders, dreams about murders, tattle and high philosophising of the five main characters directly urges the application of trained voices within the new context of the sonic potential of electronic composition.
Composition that, notwithstanding an experimental approach, has not altogether deserted the domain of historical music yet utilises it in novel acoustic options, blending sampling, electronics and live instruments What is more, the typical Klímaesque metaphysical penetration of reality into dream and dream into reality has motivated Acher to set the story beyond time sequence, thus giving rise to a space of infinite possibilities, whereby “Beauty is a kiss between love and monstrosity”.
(1878-1928) Czech writer, novelist, essayist, philosopher who influenced artists such as writer Bohumil Hrabal or the band Plastic People of The Universe etc. His philisophy was influeneced by solipsism, egodeism, voluntarism and ludibrionism, A. Schopenhauer and F. Nietzsche.
Prague is full of opera and ballet!
Legendary project of Laterna Magika is a Czech-unique, a show combining elements of film and live acting performances.
Classical principles of non-verbal theatre mingle with dance, film images and black light theatre. The audience is drawn into the story by a panoramically projected image, and fantastic scenes surpass the boundaries between fantasy and reality. Enjoy the journey to the fantastic world of the Laterna magika, a synthesis of pantomime, dance, music, film and black light theatre.
The building of the New Stage of National Theatre, built in 1983, was tailored to the specific requirements of Laterna magika performances. The unconventional edifice, covered by over four thousand pieces of glass tiles, was designed by Karel Prager. The diversely shaped glass tiles, created by Stanislav Libenský, form a distinctive relief which gives the New Stage its characteristic appearance. This unique use of glass makes the whole building an original sculptural work of art.
September 05, 2019 | 20:00 (Thu)
Please note that the Euro exchange rate is only indicative. You will be billed in Czech korunas.
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