Easter with NdB Junior Ballet 2

5 April 2023, 1:00
Easter with NdB Junior Ballet 2

On Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, the Reduta Theatre will host a programme by the Brno National Theatre (NdB 2) Junior Ballet called Adam and Eve / REM / Pampúšik.

The evening consists of three original choreographies tailor-made for the young dancers. The individual themes are biblical, dreamlike, and also a small manifesto of childhood accompanied by classical and contemporary music with impressive set design. Each reprise also includes a screening of a video documentary about this young company. It captures the circumstances of its creation, introduces the company members, and takes the audience behind the scenes before the first ever premiere of the NdB 2 Ballet on 31 October 2022. After the Easter reprises, there will be an exclusive discussion with the choreographers in the auditorium. The programme is announced for 6 and 7 April 2023 at 7 pm in the Reduta Theatre.

The story of Adam and Eve is usually associated with the Christian religion as the Old Testament story of the creation of human beings. As we all know, Adam and Eve broke the one prohibition God placed on them and tasted the forbidden fruit. And this weakness of human beings, which alternates between desire and temptation, persists in human beings to this day. Still a relevant and eternal theme of the human race even now.

Do you have dreams? Do you remember them? Join us for one such dream, called REM, directly on stage, inspired not only by the dreams of the choreographer herself, but also by the paintings of René Magritte and the thoughts of Polish artist Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz. Anything can happen in the world of dreams. And often the only thing that remains from dreams is a feeling that, although strong, cannot be put into words.

The choreography of Pampúšik is a small manifesto of childhood. The main role is played by a human puppet who is gradually filled with disappointment, just as it gradually emerges in each of us from childhood and slips imperceptibly into our being with the coming of age and the routine of life. Let’s let loose, step out of our “adult” lives, play, be free and let ourselves be carried away by joys and silliness.

REM/ photo NdB archive



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