LEGENDS OF MAGIC PRAGUE
In a new multimedia project the audience is introduced to legends, for which Prague is famous: the tale of the most famous inhabitants of the Faust House - Faust and the English alchymist Edward Kelley; the legend of Chanina, the daughter of a Jewish merchant, who refuses bridegrooms offered her and, drawn by her love of a mysterious Lord of the River Vltava, steps into the river and returns to the roofs of Prague only in the shape of a green cat; the stories of secret meetings between the Emperor Rudolf II and the mystic and great personality of the Jewish culture in Prague - Rabbi Löwe and his homunculus Golem; and last but not least the legend connected with the construction of the Astronomical Clock of the Old Town.
Laterna Magica's Legends of Magical Prague is returning to its roots in form and range of genre. The performance is based on the theme from one of the performances of Jiří Srnec's Black Light Theatre, which premiered in the nineties (under the names Ahasver, Timewalker, The Prague Walker). Old Prague tales and legends Laterna magika get a new look in terms of choreography (Petr Zuska) and music (Kryštof Marek) and visual (costumes by Šárka Hejnová and scenes by Miloslav Heřmánek). Of course, it will not leave out elements of the black light theatre.
The new project of Laterna Magica, Legends of Magical Prague, will continue to develop the principles of Laterna Magika, and will follow the artistic legacy of its creators. The production also marks the 80th birthday of Jiří Srnec, who took on the direction of the entire production. Jiří Srnec is not only one of the most significant creators of Laterna Magika, but also the founder and artistic director of Jiří Srnec's Black Light Theatre - "a little theatre of big miracles".
“We watch a charming performance – a symbiosis of audio and visual components in a rare unity. It is above all about stories of the old Prague, based on historical facts. Why not to remind of them not with a word of mouth but with motion, lights, music, film projections and perfect ballet performed by the dance ensemble, including guest artists.“ (Prague Daily)
Idea, script, stage direction: Jiří Srnec, camera, script advisor: Emil Sirotek, Antonín Daňhel, music: Kryštof Marek, choreography: Adéla Srncová, costume and mask design: Šárka Hejnová, set design and visual arts advisor: Miloslav Heřmánek, editor: Alois Fišárek, sound design: Ivo Špalj.