Brno Marathon of Music: DJ Jon Hopkins, Cirk La putyka, busking and opera in a swimming pool

Brno Marathon of Music: DJ Jon Hopkins, Cirk La putyka, busking and opera in a swimming pool

The multi-genre festival held under the title of Brno Marathon of Music has published a part of its main programme today. During the four days of the festival, traditional "streetless busking", a meeting of organ players, an event called "Endless Organ" at the Jesuit Church and another one named Pianoštafeta [Piano Relay Race] in the Alfa Mall will take place in the city centre. Performers  such as  DJ Jon Hopkins from Britain, the dance circus group Motionhouse and NoFit State or Cirk La Putyka will come to perform in Brno. The local scene will be represented by the ensemble Hausopera with their show entitled The Last Polo, which will take place directly in the swimming pool of a spa.

Since its successful entry into the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Brno has boasted the title of "City of Music". The aim of the Brno Marathon of Music festival, which is entering its fourth season this year, is to turn the city centre into one big music scene for four days each year. There will be a large stage on the Dominikánské náměstí square, with a mix of genres, from alternative and film music to rock and pop. Children and adults will enjoy their time here. A chill-out zone with an information kiosk of the festival will be placed in the courtyard of the Old Town Hall. The already traditional "street-free busking" of Kateřina Šedá will be set up this year by means of special “rooms” for street musicians in the streets of Brno. In addition to busking, the programme will also feature roller organists at the Jesuit Church and pianists in the Alfa Mall. Folklore will not be missing either. This year's novelty is a folk and alternative stage.

The Cirk La Putyka  new circus ensemble will bring its production Isole to Brno; it is based on the Italian term for "islands" and at the same time it refers to the poem No Man Is an Island by John Donne. The Brno premiere of this performance will be held under the auspices of the Prague Letní Letná Festival. This time, the spa in Rašínova Street will be an unusual venue for a cultural experience. The site-specific opera Poslední pólo [The Last Polo]  has been staged to the measure of the pool in which it will take place. The music of Marek Ivanović will mingle here with graceful movements of a synchronised swimming team; the nostalgic libretto by Josef Škarka, performed by opera singers dressed in swimsuits, will confirm that the first love is never to be forgotten. Behind this one-act opera stands an association of enthusiasts – professionals named Hausopera.

Electronic producer and DJ Jon Hopkins, also known for his collaboration with the band Coldplay, is coming to Brno from the UK. The synonym of Hopkins' own work is a dazzling organic sound and refined sense of composing multilayered compositions. His production is a showcase of a sophisticated visionary mentality full of contagious sensuality, which finds it  fans across multiple genres.

A show entitled BLOCK will demonstrate what emerges from a combination of dance and circus, as it shifts the boundaries of both forms of art. Artists from the ensembles Motionhouse and   NoFit State will gradually put together twenty voluminous  blocks into an endless variety of shapes and configurations, where they play their show about life in the city, including all its contradictions and challenges. This performance is brought to you by the Marathon festival in cooperation with the "Na prknech, dlažbě a trávě" [On Planks, Pavement and Grass] festival. Admission is free of charge.

Isole - Cirk La Putyka / photo from archive of the ensemble 

Comments

Reply

No comment added yet..

Two sold-out concerts launched on Saturday filled-up the hall of the Koruna cinema in Břeclav, where the Národopisný soubor Břeclavan [Břeclavan Ethnographic Ensemble] celebrated its 65th anniversary and joined thus the series of jubilee folklore ensembles this year. The afternoon concert had to be eventually added because of the huge audience acclaim, which only confirms that in South Moravia folklore is still widely known and enjoys unremitting popularity.  more

The Prophet and the Wind is a multi-genre performance by flute player Martina Komínková. She created it in Italy and after its Italian premiere it will be presented in Brno for the first time. The Czech premiere will take place at Brno's Divadlo na Orlí Theatre on Sunday 3 November. The evening show starting at 7:00 pm is already sold out, but you can still buy tickets for the afternoon performance scheduled at 2:00 pm.  more

In the premises of the neo-Gothic Czech Brethren Evangelical Church of J. A. Comenius, on the fifth evening of the Moravian Autumn festival, a performance of sacred music for choir and organ took place. In addition to the choir of the same name, Martinů Voices was also dominated by the organist Linda Sítková and a four-member ensemble of French horns. All this under the direction of choirmaster Lukáš Vasilek.  more

The third event of this year's Moravian Autumn festival was transferred to a theatre stage. The event was made happen by Terén, which is a platform acting as a third stage of the Centre of Experimental Theatre, right after the Goose on a String and HaDivadlo theatres. And it was on this particular stage of the Goose on a String where the world premiere of a stage production of Oedipus by André Gide took place yesterday. Composer Bohuslav Martinů stands behind its equally important incidental music.  more

The jubilee 50th Moravian Autumn music festival started yesterday at Bobycentrum in Brno with a concert performance of the minimalist opera Einstein on the Beach by composer Philip Glass and director Robert Wilson. The concert version was created by collaboration of visual artist Germaine Kruip, Suzanne Vega and Ictus Ensemble and Collegium Vocale Gent. Although only the music remained from the previously stage show, the length of the concert itself was comparable with the opera work. Hence, the evening lasted almost four hours.  more