To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of Mozart, the National Theatre in Prague created a programme including the choreographic works of Kylián (Petite Mort) and Zuska (Mozart’s Requiem arranged and completed by Swiss composer R. Rentsch
Within the framework of the 400th anniversary of the birth of Mozart, the National Theatre in
For the first time in fifteen years, the National Theatre in
Petr Zuska lets himself go in his adaptation of Mozart´s Requiem, using the newly completed arrangement by contemporary Swiss composer Richard Rentsch. Zuska works with the vision of a “trinity” with his interpretation of Mozart - as a child, as a ripe composer and as a muse. To each of the four vocals - soprano, alto, tenor and bass – he assigns four dancing couples. The entrances of the dance ensemble greatly correspond with the vocal chorus. Zuska follows the structure of the musical composition consistently. And perhaps that is why his works is missing a theatrical element. Zuska´s choreography contains honest, kinetic material; nonetheless a clear weakness can be detected within it. Zuska is perhaps too rugged in his choreography; without taking a breath, he unites the helter skelter movements. He loads the dancers with a plentiful portion of coordinated and physically demanding dance sequences that do not always bring about an appropriate effect for the spectator.