For the Prague Chamber Ballet's May premiere, resident choreographer Petr Zuska has prepared a new creation to Leoš Janáček's second string qurtet “Intimate Letters”, set to music by the Zemlinsky Quartet. The choreography is dedicated to Dr. Ivan Dunovský, a long-time patron and supporter of PKB
Another piece on the programm of the premiere evening will be Jiří Pokorný's choreography “Black Clouds Don't Cry”, adapted for the PKB ensemble. It explores the phenomenon of disguise and hidden emotions, symbolised by expressionless white masks. The theme of the choreography has become very topical for our society again in recent years.
Choreography by Jiří Pokorný
Music by Yukari Sawaki
The production “Black Clouds Don't Cry” is inspired by feelings and thoughts we consciously or unconsciously repress and hide in our souls. Our human body turns into a hard shell, impenetrable and perfectly masked by a wide range of different faces we show, while only one is hidden beneath the surface.
Choreography by Petr Zuska
Music: Leoš Janáček, String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters”
Leoš Janáček composed the string quartet Intimate Letters shortly before his death in 1928, inspired by his long-standing love affair with a married woman forty years his junior. We could perceive this work as a kind of musical performance of their written correspondence.
Petr Zuska is a European-format artist, an exceptional choreographer within the context of Czech dance who has collaborated with world-renowned ballet companies. In his works, he has brought to bear a broad scale of creative vocabulary, ranging from the high bel canto of the neo-classical style through an innovative approach to modern dance creation.
His productions are sophisticated, full-blooded, reflecting the world of symbols and archetypes, spiritual questions, as well as moral principles. Zuska is one of the precious few choreographers capable of imbuing his works with humour, wit and hyperbole.