June 2002

Return of a classic

After years, a classic trilogy about human responsibility in the face of the ageless laws of fate is returning to the stage of the National Theater. With the background of the fates of the members of the Atreus royal family, it poses questions about the sense of human suffering and the nature of divine justice. Derived from legends of the tragic curse on the royal family, the Oresteia was first staged during the Great Dionysian festivities in 458 BC. For the National Theater production there is a new, remarkable translation by the theologian Matyáš Havrda and the poet Petr Borkovec. The play is directed by Ivan Rajmont.

Aischylos: Oresteia, Stavovské divadlo, I. and II. premiere on June 18 and 20, begins at 19:00, tickets CZK 30-240

Theater
4. 6. – The Tragic History of Doctor Faust, Vyšehrad 20:00
5. 6. – Venus’ Hands – derniéra, Divadlo Kolowrat 19:00
6. 6. – Family Estate, Stavovské divadlo 19:00
7. 6. – Theater Barka: Tancovačka (Budapešť), Divadlo Na zábradlí 19:00
8. 6. – Richard III, Globe 99 19:30
9. 6. – Svejk’s Grandson, Stavovské divadlo 14:00 a 19:00
10. 6. – Uncle Vanya, Divadlo Na zábradlí 11:00
11. 6. – Hotovo, konec! Divadlo Kolowrat 19:00
12. 6. – Ivanov, Divadlo Na zábradlí 19:00
13. 6. – Vabank, Divadlo Kolowrat 19:00
14. 6. – Knives In Fowls, Divadlo Na zábradlí 19:00
15. 6. – Little October, Divadlo Na zábradlí 19:00
16. 6. – Lantern, Národní divadlo 14:00 a 19:00
17. 6. – Theater Vizita: O vepřové panně, Divadlo Archa 20:00
18. 6. – Oresteia – I. premiere, Stavovské divadlo 19:00
22. 6. – Hamlet – dernier, Národní divadlo 19:00
24. 6. – Maryša, Národní divadlo 20:00
24. 6. – The Balcony, Divadlo Na zábradlí 19:00
25. 6. – I Served the King of England, Národní divadlo 19:00
26. 6. – Happy End, Divadlo Na zábradlí 19:00
Opera
2. 6. – Rigoletto, Národní divadlo 20:00
3. 6. – Dalibor, Národní divadlo 19:00
6. 6. – Nabucco, Státní opera 19:00
7. 6. – Její pastorkyňa, Národní divadlo 19:00
10. 6. – La Bohe`me, Národní divadlo 19:00
17. 6. – The Magic Flute, Stavovské divadlo 19:00
25. 6. – La Traviata, Státní opera 19:00
26. 6. – Macbeth – premiere, Národní divadlo 19:00
27. 6. – Carmen, Národní divadlo 19:00

Irish rock lands in Akropolis

Only the best things have been said about the famous Irish rock band The Frames in recent years. Their last year’s album For the Birds, produced under their own independent label, was well-received in Ireland not only by critics, but also by audiences, and Hot Press magazine (the Irish version of Rolling Stone) awarded it the best CD of 2001. Guitarist and singer Glen Hansard leads this peculiar band after 12 years of its existence. Although his great potential as an author and performer can be compared with such personalities as Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens or Bob Dylan, he is clearly inspired by wilder Irish rock bands, like The Pixies. For their “rock mass” in Palace Akropolis the band will feature the following line-up: Glen Hansard (guitar, vocals), Colm Mac Con Iomaire (violin), Dave Hingerty (percussion), and Joe Doyle (bass).

The Frames, support: Josh Ritter (USA), Rauš (ČR), Palác Akropolis, 24 June at 19:30, admission CZK 300 (advance sale price CZK 250)

Modern music
6. 6. – Jaipur Kawa Brass Band – word, Palác Akropolis 20:00
10. 6. – Roger Waters – rock, Paegas Aréna 20:00
11. 6. – Jamiroquai – acid jazz, Paegas Aréna 20:00
12. 6. – Kurtizány z 25. Avenue – CD launch, Palác Akropolis 19:30
13. 6. – Future Line, Palác Akropolis 19:30
15. 6. – Global Connection Party – dance, BVV – pavilon Z 18:00
15. 6. – Respect Ethnic Music Festival, meadow near Jízdárna Pražského hradu 15:00
19. 6. – Psí vojáci, Palác Akropolis 19:30
20. 6. – Country fountain – country, Křižíkova fontána 16:00
20. 6. – United Colours of Akropolis: Feng Jun Song & Horská karavana, Palác Akropolis 20:00
20. 6. – Tata Bojs: Biorytmy – multimedia show, Divadlo Archa 20:00
22. 6. – Hip Hop Foundation # 09, Palác Akropolis 19:30
24. 6. – The Frames (Ireland), Palác Akropolis 19:30
27. 6. – Agon Orchestra, Divadlo Archa 20:00
29. 6. – No Moss and friends, Divadlo Archa 20:00
Dance
8. 6. – Gala performance – chamber ballet, Stavovské divadlo 19:00
9. 6. – Romeo and Juliet, Národní divadlo 17:00 a 20:00
16. 6. – Don Juan, Golem, Státní opera 19:00
18. 6. – Raymonda, Národní divadlo 19:00
29. 6. – Swan Lake, rotating-seat theater in Český Krumlov 21:30
Classical music
5. 6. – Vihan Quartet, Vila Bertramka 17:00
5. 6. – Czech National Symphonic Orchestra, Rudolfinum – Dvořákova síň 19:30
13. 6. – Anno 2002 – chamber orchestra Berg, Lichtenštejnský palác 19:30
29. 6. – I. Ženatý and K. Ženatá, Vila Bertramka 17:00
Family entertainment
3. 6. – Olympic aneb Jak se lítá vzhůru – musical, Divadlo Ta Fantastica 18:00
6. 6. – The Beetles – Evangelium according to The Beatles – musical, Divadlo Spirála 19:00
7. 6. – The Pied Piper – musical, Divadlo Kalich 19:00
8. 6. – Avatar – lecture, Lucerna – big hall 14:00
14. 6. – Grease 2001 – musical, Divadlo Music Hall 19:00
19. 6. – Monte Cristo – musical, Kongresové centrum 19:30
20. 6. – Cleopatra – musical, Divadlo Broadway 19:00
21. 6. – Starci na chmelu – musical, Divadlo Milénium 19:00

Fancy steps await fans of dance

“Uber Kreuz” Susanne Linke

This year Prague will whirl with dance for the 14th time during the “Tanec Praha” (Prague Dance) festival. Both a tradition and an inseparable part of life in the capital city, the festival has also caught on in Brno and Hradec Králové. Over the years, outstanding modern dance celebrities have performed in the Czech Republic. There have been classic dance performances, including dance theater, dance in dialogue with other art (or with audiences) and other categories less easily classified. This year will be no exception, as the motto for the festival is “Dance Beyond Borders.”

TANEC PRAHA 2002 -XIVth International Festival of Contemporary Dance and Movement Theater, 5.-29. 6., detailed program on http://www.tanecpha.cz/_tanec_program.html

Veletržní palác comes alive with color

Until 1 September, fine arts lovers can admire the works of the New New Painters group of artists at the Prague National Gallery. This eleven-member group of artists represents a trend of contemporary American and Canadian art. The artists follow the history of abstract art in the US as it developed since the mid-1940s, while also developing a bold, visually perceived language that draws on American visual culture of the last quarter of the 20th century. They return to art a greater measure of personal expression, and for emphasis they use acrylic paints and gels, mixed with less traditional media such as shards of glass and mirror, plexiglass, metals, plastics, utensils, etc.

New New Painters, Veletržní palác, until September 1 2002, open daily except Mon, 10:00-18:00, tickets CZK 30-60

Tickets for these events may be purchased at any of the Ticketpro outlets, online through www.ticketpro.cz., or by phoning the EchoLine call center at 14051.


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