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
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