After Incomplete Dream and NoD to Quijote this is the third project by creative trio Lucie Trmíková – Jan Nebeský – David Prachař to be produced by Studio DAMÚZA. Based on Shakespeare’s sonnets, the production is accompanied by music by Emil Viklický. Three figures – an aging poet, a young aristocrat and the Black Lady. Age and youth. Love, enchantment and jealousy. All three meet in one place in the midde of a strange love triangle, in which the three figures are no longer what they seem. A story about the world of hope and confidence that all our pain, all our joy, our love, hate and death has a purpose.
Translation: Martin Hilský
Direction: Jan Nebeský
Script: Lucie Trmíková on the basis of William Shakespeare’s sonnets
Music: Emil Viklický
Set: Jan Nebeský
Costumes: Petra Vlachynská
Cast: David Prachař, Lucie Trmíková, Karel Dobrý, Miloslav König, Matěj Kroupa (viola), Peter Binder / Omar Khaouaj (guitar)
Premiere 24 April 2013
Performance length: 90 min.
Studio DAMÚZA – Active on the theatre scene since 1999, the studio was connected to the space of the same name in the mediaeval cellar of the house at Řetězová 10 in Prague’s Old Town. In June 2004, however, it lost the space. Currently the name DAMÚZA covers a production unit that supports theatre workers, musicians and other artists, mostly in the visual sphere, who are unwilling to become part of ordinary theatre operations but who want to discover, provoke and explore.
As we are used to seeing from him, director Jan Nebeský plays almost brazenly with the theme of Shakespeare. The actors walk a narrow tightrope between poetry, artistic eroticism, lascivity and self-confessed irksomeness. Given that the subject is “cabaret,” it is also a colourful spectacle that acts on all the audience’s senses (…). The entire cabaret song – and – dance comes across as highly theatrical. It is full of acute paradoxes, both in words and movement, and it combines the untrammelled Renaissance spirit with the skepticism and absurdity of postmodernism. Jana Soprová, Divadelní noviny
On the artistic front, Cabaret Shakespeare is typically over-the-top. Costume designer Petr Vlachynská plays as great a part in the form of the production as the director and the composer of the music. The characters swap one manneristically extravagant costume for another, and the performance can thus also be watched as a bizarre fashion show, accompanied by songs and strange stage pranks. Vladimír Mikulka, Svět a divadlo