Venue and date:
V4 Festival and Theatre Meeting, Nagymaros - Theatre tent, Nagymaros
2023. 06. 23., 16:30
Moravian Theatre Olomouc
Fotó: Tereza Hrudbá

Blood Wedding

Venue and date:
V4 Festival and Theatre Meeting, Nagymaros - Theatre tent, Nagymaros
2023. 06. 23., 16:30
Moravian Theatre Olomouc
Federico García Lorca, Libretto: Alena Pešková
Alena Pešková
Stage designer: 
Richard Pešek jr.
Costume designer: 
Monika Kletečková, Alena Pešková
Alena Pešková
Gabriela Vermelho
Choreography assistant: 
Gianluca Battaglia
Ballet masters: 
Gianluca Battaglia, Guido Sarno
Barbora Šanderová, Marie Burianová

The story of the Blood Wedding is so strong on its own that it might be told in an „undiluted” way through the medium of any artistic form. Yet another tragedy with no culprit. And Lorca’s words in his prose and verse are carved by the performers through body movements, music, colours and shadows. „We honour his words and abuse them at the same time. This is not purely dancing non-verbal theatre, although dancing and movement will remain the main bearers of the story.”

Lorca’s words will be truly heard in this production – that will be sung, danced, shouted and whispered. A narrator will lead the audience through the story in the role of a Judge who does not judge and the Spokesperson for the silent ones. And yet again, there are feelings of an individual standing in opposition to general social rules. The questions that arise here are whether honesty and self-esteem hold a higher value than life itself and what the role of Love is in this equation – maternal love, amorous love, love shared by a husband and a wife.

Ticket information:

A limited number of theatre tickets can be purchased for theatre performances starting at 16.30/17.00 in the V4 Festival Theatre Tent.

The reduced price theatre ticket is only valid for the performance in the theatre tent, but after the performance, the audience will receive a day ticket wristband at the exit of the tent, which will also be valid for the other festival programmes, evening concerts and the open-air theatre production.

Of course, with a V4 Festival pass and a day ticket, you can attend all the festival's programmes, including theatre tent and open-air performances.

The theatre ticket wristband is valid only for access to the theatre tent and cannot be used to enter the festival area before the performance. In case of delay, after the performance has started, there is no possibility of late entry or subsequent reservation. In this case, you can exchange your theatre ticket for a day ticket by purchasing an additional ticket on the spot and paying the difference.

Narrator - Barbora Paříková
Mother - Alice Rizzo
Bride - Emily-Joy Smith
Leonardo - Aurélien Jeandot / Iván Sánchez Fernández
Leonardo’s mother-in-law - Mariona García Fornell / Lenka Ferguson
Leonardo's wife - Sawa Shiratsuki
Father of the bride - Javier Moya Romero / Rory Ferguson
Groom- Sergio Méndez Romero / Tono Ferriol
Maid - Alissa Personè
Neighbor - Laura Brázdová
Moon - Maëva Cotton
Blood sisters (living sisters), wedding guests, neighbors - Benedetta Comandini / Federica Fattore / Risa Maruyama / Isla Ghali / Cai Sesma Pérez / Beatriz Jimeno Santos
Dead brothers, wedding guests, lumberjacks - Hodaka Maruyama / William Mitchell / Elia Zegrati / Alessandro Iannucci / Eduardo Miguel / Bolsa Neves / Alexey Ruigómez / Matteo Rondinelli
Runtime: 90 min
Acts: 1
Age limit: no restriction
The Director

After graduating from the Prague Dance Conservatory in 1994, Alena Pešková worked at the Karlín Music Theatre in Prague, before joining the ballet company of the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň. Since 1999, she has been a freelance dancer, choreographer and stage director. She has made tours all over the world (Europe, Japan, South America). As a choreographer, dancer and director, she has worked with theatres in the Czech Republic and further afield. She has created choreographies for operas, musicals, festivals and exhibition openings.

The feature-length ballets she has conceived to her own scenarios include Maryša, Café Aussig, Periphery, Jessie and Morgiana, The Nutcracker, Blood Wedding, Gustav Klimt, Cinderella, Le sacre du printemps, The Taming of the Shrew, Creation, The Tempest, Tristan and Isolde etc. She founded the Ultra-minimal-ballet (UMB), an independent association of professional dancers, which made their debut in 2008 at the Blues sklep music club in Prague. From 2010 to 2019, she worked as the artistic director and choreographer at the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec. Alena Pešková has received two nominations for the prestigious Thalia Award.

Her most significant parts include the title role in The Lady of the Camellias, La Fille mal gardée (Lise), Carmina Burana (Rebecca), Jessie and Morgiana (Morgiana), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania), Die Zauberflöte (Pamina) and other productions. In 2019, the Association of Dance Artists voted her The Taming of the Shrew the best ballet production of the year. Numerous dancers portrayung the roles in her ballet and dance performance theatre creations have received or been nominated for the Thalia Award and other accolades.

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