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Tantehorse, Prague
An engaging combination of physical theatre, new pantomime, contemporary dance, baroque music and art
The main impulse was the idea of creating a demanding compositional ensemble that would reflect the richness of mime theater in all its diverse forms. This is an extraordinary, theatrically expressive processing of highly artistic images of death, love and hell, led by technically precise bodily expression, using objects, puppets and masks in addition to contemporary mime and dance techniques.
The creators were inspired by Dante's Inferno, excerpts from the Marquis de Sade, as well as the spiritual overlap of Bach's Art of Fugue. The poetics of the entire work ranges from surrealism and decadence through elements of rococo and mannerism to scenes reminiscent of the first paintings of Salvador Dalí, Giorgio De Chirac or the films of Jan Švankmajer, Ingmar Bergman or Peter Greenaway.
This is a unique effort by two renowned creators, choreographers, directors and performers, Miřenka Čechová and Radim Vizváry, who are returning to the common stage after a ten-year hiatus.
Authors and performers: Miřenka Čechová, Radim Vizváry
Directing and dramaturgical collaboration: Petr Boháč
Music: Matouš Hekela
Stage and costumes: Lucia Škandíková, Petra Vlachynská
Lighting design: Martin Špetlík, Jiří Šmirk
Production: Jan Honeiser
Performance duration: 90 minutes
Premiere: January 24, 2024