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My Heart Beats to the Rhythm of Swing

Venue: Prague National Theatre

Národní 2
110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic
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My Heart Beats to the Rhythm of Swing
Sun 27 January 2019
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Event details

Approximate running time, including intermission: 2 hours, 45 minutes, one 20-minute intermission


The “white” variant of jazz, but above all dance, entertainment and hope – that’s swing. The production gives an account of the clash between the free spirit of music and two totalitarian regimes, a testimony to the unequal struggle in the rhythm of enchanting melodies and the Melody Makers on the stage. The original revue, created directly for the National Theatre, will link up to the best of Ondřej Havelka’s oeuvre. The production will pay tribute to Jiří Traxler, a remarkable jazzman and great star of Czech music. Inspired by the artist’s memoirs, Havelka will adapt for the stage the part of Traxler’s life connected with the Czech jazz scene, exposed to two dictatorships that fettered free music. The work does not depict a heroic but an everyday love story in a disjointed time.


Program details

Stage director: Ondřej Havelka
Sets: Martin Černý
Costumes: Kateřina Štefková
Music: Jiří Traxler, Alfons Jindra, Jan Šíma, Jaroslav Ježek
Hudební dramaturgie: Ondřej Havelka
Arrangements and musical direction: Jakub Šafr
Choreography: Jana Hanušová, Janek Kabelka
Dramaturgy: Marta Ljubková, Martin Urban

Jiří Traxler: Igor Orozovič
Jindra Feix: Jan Bidlas
Zuzana Tylová: Pavla Beretová
Major Traxler: Karel Dobrý
Karel Slavík: Martin Zbrožek
Zdenka: Tereza Vilišová
R. A. Dvorský: Filip Kaňkovský, Pavel Batěk
Karla: Magdaléna Borová
Melzer: David Matásek
Táňa: Martina Preissová
Bartl: Filip Rajmont
Singer: Rozálie Havelková

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The idea of building a stately edifice to serve as a theatre was first mooted in the autumn of 1844 at meetings of patriots in Prague. It began to materialise through a request for “the privilege of constructing, furnishing, maintaining and managing” an independent Czech theatre, which was submitted to the Provincial Committee of the Czech Assembly by František Palacký on 29 January 1845. The privilege was granted in April 1845. Yet it was not until six years later – in April 1851 – that the Society for the Establishment of a Czech National Theatre in Prague (founded in the meantime) made its first public appeal to start collections. A year later the proceeds of the first collections allowed for the purchase of land belonging to a former salt works with the area of less than 28 acres, which predetermined the magnificent location of the theatre on the bank of the river Vltava facing the panorama of Prague Castle, yet at the same time the cramped area and trapezoidal shape posed challenging problems for the building’s designers.

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