MOMENTUM

On June 22, at 4 p.m., time will stop for 30 hours on Václav Havel’s Square (the National Theatre piazzetta). The square will turn into a dilapidated room with invisible walls, where everything moves slower than in real life. The Momentum performance is inspired by Japanese art dance form of butoh, and offers a reflection on the speed of everyday life. It is a unique Czech-German encounter of two prominent dance theatre performers - Miřenka Čechová and Sabine Seume - in an extreme physical challenge together with the artist Jakub Tauš and musicians Matouš Hekela and Martin Tvrdý, who also collaborate on the project. 

What all could we possibly accomplish if we would have the power to overcome the passing time? Face to face with passers-by, Miřenka Čechová and Sabine Seume enjoy the marathon of everyday intimate moments as well as extreme moments of fatigue and exhaustion. The Momentum performance will be premiered on June 22 at 4 p.m. and will last for 30 hours without interruption until June 23, 10 p.m. The attendants will be able to engage, slow down their daily routine, tune to the same rhythm, or just observe, meditate, let time pass-by together with the slowly unfolding story. "It is often not enough to experience life’s events as they pass by similarly as a landscape passes when observed through a rushing train window. We wish that our day would have 48 hours and image all we could do within it! And sometimes all it takes is just to stop, breathe and look around and realise that you don’t need to get everything done. That the meaning of life you’ve been searching for it lies deep within yourself," explains Miřenka Čechová.

The project was also joined by other artists - instead of traditional theatre lights, original light objects created by the artist Jakub Tauš and will be placed on the piazzetta. The atmosphere of an open room without walls will be evoked by various types of original lamps and luminaires. The slowing of time will be reflected by the music component of the performance. The sound design is created by Matouš Hekela and Martin Tvrdý, who work with the natural rush of the space that they transform into circular spatial compositions and evoke the notion of another reality to the spectators.

The Momentum performance was created in cooperation with the National Theatre. "The National Theatre allowed us to use their extensive sets, decorations and costumes warehouses to express the fact that we are in a space between two theatres where the forces of two creative spaces intersect. On one side the memory and tradition of the "Golden Chapel" and on the other the new tendencies and overlaps of the New Stage. This inspired us to use the unused parts of the scenes and furniture that lay long forgotten in the warehouses and which contain a certain memory. We believe that everything has its memory. It's not only the recycling of material but also a certain momentum in time to which we as performers have to relate," adds Miřenka Čechová to the project Momentum.

PREMIERE: June 22 from 4 p.m. nonstop to June 23, 10 p.m., Václav Havel’s Square (the National Theatre piazzetta).

SPECIAL RELEASE: July 22 from 17 p.m. nonstop to June 23, Werichova Vila / in frame of Zero point festival

 

 

ČASOVÝ HARMONOGRAM / TIME SCHEDULE

MOMENTUM 22.-23.6.2017 

16:00 PRVNÍ VÝSTŘEL / STARTING SHOT

17:00 ČAJ O PÁTÉ / 5 O‘CLOCK TEA PARTY

18:00 GARDEROBA / COSTUME CHANGE

19:00 BUĎ NĚKÝM JINÝM/ BE SOMEONE ELSE

20:00 VEČEŘE V JAPONSKÉM STYLU/ SERVING DINNER IN JAPANNESSE STYLE

21:00 ČTVRTEČNÍ PÁRTY ŠÍLENÝCH MELANCHOLIKŮ/THURSDAY’S PARTY OF CRAZY MELANCHOLICS

22:00 VOLNÝ ČAS/ FREESTYLE

23:00 PŘÍCHOD NOCI / NIGHT COMES

24:00 TAJUPLNÁ PŮLNOC/ MIDNIGHT MYSTERY 

01:00 - 06:00 ČAS DUCHŮ / TIME OF GHOSTS

07:00 PROBOUZENÍ DNE / DAY AWAKENING

08:00 SNÍDANĚ SNÍLKŮ / DREAMERS‘ BREAKFAST

09:00 RANNÍ ROZCVIČKA / MORNING GYM

10:00 GARDEROBA / COSTUME CHANGE

11:00 VOLNÝ ČAS/ FREESTYLE

12:00 TRÁVENÍ ČASU NA SOCIÁLNÍCH SÍTÍCH/ SOCIAL MEDIA TIME

13:00 OBĚD ČESKO-NĚMECKÉHO PŘÁTELSTVÍ/ CZECH-GERMAN FRIENDSHIP’S LUNCH

14:00 PŘÍPRAVA NA PLÁŽ / GETTING READY FOR THE BEACH

15:00 POSLOUCHÁNÍ OCEÁNU / LISTENING TO THE OCEAN

16:00 ODPOLEDNÍ LEKCE BALETU/ AFTERNOON BALLET CLASS

17:00 ČAS NA KÁVU A STOLNÍ HRY / TIME FOR COFFEE  AND GAMES

18:00 NECHAT SE PŘEKVAPIT/ LET YOURSELF TO BE SURPRISED

19:00 HRANÍ ROLÍ, KTERÉ JSI NIKDY NEDOSTALA/ PLAYING ROLES YOU NEVER GOT

20:00 POSLEDÍ VEČEŘE / LAST SUPPER

21:00 VIDĚT STÍNY UTÍKAT A NECHAT MYSL LÉTAT/ LET SHADOWS RUN AND YOUR MIND FLY

22:00 ZPRÁVA O VÍTĚZSTVÍ / MESSAGE OF VICTORY