Prelude for a Cherry

“Prelude for a Cherry” is an experimental performance for three performers of varied artistic focus. Expressive dance is accompanied by live, electronic music, played by a Catalan cellist, and poetry principally based on the Japanese haiku from the early 1900s. The main thematic inspiration and aim in creating this piece was to interpret a musical structure choreographically: the Suite. The idea was that the choreography was constructed on, and functioned on the same principles as, musical composition. The choreography is composed of five parts: Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Bourree 1,2,1, and Gigue. The structure and given character of all the Suite’ s constituent parts is carefully maintained. Each part is in some respect musically specific and distinct. This is why the cherry was chosen as connecting material which appears in the choreography in a variety of ways: as a theme, shape or colour. Although this performance has a very specific structure, the strongest element is improvisation, which gives space and freedom to all three performers, who complement and react to one another throughout. The title of the piece also derives from this, as the prelude is a musical form of improvisation.

Na květu motýl,

teď zatřepal křídly.

O čem asi sní?

Těch krásných věcí!

Nemožno všechny zhlédnout

v kvetoucím jaru.

Spí vrba zrána

do mlhy zahalena,

jež zvolna stoupá.

Slivoní vůně.

Každého rána mrzne

 ve stínu květů.

Ačkoli slavík

ji probudit se snaží,

spí vrba stále.

Vrba své větve hned rozplétá, hned splétá

dle vůle větru.

Smuteční vrba,

mlčící, osamělá

v měsíčním jasu.

U cesty v trávě

motýlům nelze spáti,

jsouť třešně v květu.

 Bezlisté stromy

o čem asi přemítají?

Co k listům třešní

pohledy tvoje vábí,

je pouze motýl.

Choreografie/interpretace:  Lenka Kniha B.
Živá hudba:  Oriol Aymat Fuste (elektrické cello)
Recitace :  Lukáš Kalivoda
Světelný design:  Tomáš Morávek
Technika zvuku:  Jan Rous
Minutáž:  45 minut