Press conference of the National Theater on artistic plans for the 2023/24 season, February 21, 2023, Prague. General Director of the National Theater Jan Burian (right) and Artistic Director of the National Theater Ballet Filip Barankiewicz (second from right).
Prague – The National Theater is preparing two dozen premieres for the next season. He will have a total of 81 productions in his repertoire. At the very beginning of the 2023/2024 season, he will present a drama production of the play Cherry Man, which was written directly for the Estates Theater by Ivan Vyrypayev, one of the most interesting Russian directors and playwrights of his generation, who now lives in Poland. The General Director of the National Theater Jan Burian told journalists today.
The directing duo SKUTR will prepare one of William Shakespeare's most famous dramas, Hamlet. The ballet company will present the Holo Harmonies project by choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti, which will connect the theater world, new technologies, virtual reality and hologram. The opera will celebrate the Year of Czech Music and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bedřich Smetana, among other things, with a big gala concert.
The last year will be closed by the project Musica non grata, which focuses on the work of artists persecuted by non-democratic regimes or those who became victims of the Holocaust. As part of this project, ND will present, for example, the children's opera Loutkáček, directed by the artistic director of Laterna Magica, Radim Vizváry. Laterna magika will be preparing for the start of the reconstruction of the New Scene with a co-production project with the Forman Brothers Theater, Ptačí sněm, directed by Petr Forman.
The drama dramaturgical plan is shifting to more current themes that more reflect the movements and certain unrest in contemporary society. The Central European area will be represented in particular by authorship, two titles have a strong theme of theater, two plays touch on faith in their own way, and two texts deal with the desire for power. The play will also be performed at the State Opera.
Jan Nebeský, an award-winning director and one of the most original Czech creators, will return to the ND. As the theme of his author's project, he has chosen the work and unpublished verses of the poet Ivan Wernisch, and will thus create a tribute to this important figure of Czech poetry.
The play will also prepare a dramatization of Kateřina Tučková's novel White Water, which won the writer the State Prize for Literature. The book inspired the Slovak playwright Daniel Majling, and directed by tribal director Michal Vajdička, ND will present it at the Estates Theatre.