" The story, however, ends up even worse than we could've expected. It ends on the border of life and death – in reality. "


Czech Republic

Studio DAMÚZA / Fekete Seretlek Group
Object theatre and concert based on Leo Tolstoy’s ‘Anna Karenina’

Director Matija Solce
Set design Jiří N. Jelínek, Matija Solce, Marianna Stránská
Music Matija Solce
Cast Anna Bubníková, Jiří N. Jelínek, Ivo Sedláček, Pavol Smolárik, Matija Solce, Jan Meduna
Producers Jeník Tyl and Barbora Kalinová
Co-production Palác Akropolis (CZ) a KD Matita (SLO)

Tickets at TIKETA

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Instead of the farewell to the deceased, the life of the dead starts to reappear. Suddenly, the sounds of glasses turn into music, waiters’ moves into dance, whereas cups of tea transform themselves into guests of a Russian aristocratic ball, and so to the very end when the audience become characters from Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. The train drives faster and faster through Anna’s flash-backs towards her tragic end. The story, however, ends up even worse than we could’ve expected. It ends on the border of life and death – in reality.
The performance combines music, cabaret and object theatre presenting original and playful musical compositions that derive mainly from Russian folk. Six expressive actors, six voices, accordion, trumpet, violin, cello, contrabass and an amplified table on which objects are animated to build rhythmical narrative that gently recreates fragments from the famous novel. A metamorphosis of music and theater, word and movement as well as the deconstruction of traditional theatrical forms transforms this romantic tragedy about an individual into a grotesque caricature that could be about all and each of us.

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Studio DAMÚZA has been active on a theatre scene since 1999. It used to be connected with the space of the same name, which was placed in the medieval cellar of the house in Řetězová street in the Old Town of Prague. DAMÚZA lost the opportunity of using this space in 2004 and it was looking for its new image for a while as a permanent guest at the Theatre Na Zábradlí among other places.
Currently DAMÚZA incorporates production managers and producers supporting original theatre artists, musicians and other mainly visual artists, who want to reveal, provoke and explore away from the regular theatre institutions.
Since its beginning the studio has been mainly focused on ambitious projects of students and fresh graduates of DAMU (Academy of Performing Arts in Prague). We still keep this line and support it. Group Fekete Seretlek is reusing, changing and mixing motives from world music and making up its own original compositions. Violoncello, accordion, trumpet, double bass, violin, cajon and five voices. Six musicians – actors already finished Prague Theatre Academy (DAMU).
Fekete Seretlek started in 2004 like a trio and till now played on different music and theatre festivals in Slovenia, France, Russia, Slovakia, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Italy, Hungary, Austria and Czech republic (Sziget, Cikl Cakl, BTK, Anifest, Cibulák, Divadelná Nitra, Puf, Etno Histria etc.), we took the 2nd place on competition for Talents within the well known world music festival Colours of Ostrava. In 2008 Fekete recorded CD Fekete Seretlek and in 2013 live CD DAMAGED.
Concerts are lively and changeable, adapting to situations: from big stages, to clubs or streets. In last times they are becoming not only exceptional music, but also visual experience.

25th May, 8 pm.
Klaipėda Culture Factory