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Norma 2017

The third year of the Norma festival compressed this year into a single day will centre on music overlaps, within its main focus on contemporary international motion and drama theatre with emphasis on synthesis with visual art.

In the gallery of the Hlubina Pit where the first year of the festival took place, the viewers will be treated to variations on classical music, namely the work of Franz Schubert, in the performances The Force of Habit (indeed a very loose variation) by HaDivadlo from Brno, Schubert by Teatr Dramatyczny w Walbrzychu and the Erlkönig Digital multimedia performance by composer Natálie Pleváková.

This year’s festival will open with Pitch, a performance by choreographer and dancer Jan Bárta. Bárta asks questions about the possibilities of perception, observation and concentration. Thomas Bernhard’s play The Force of Habit is one of his dramas that address the subject of creativity, a struggle for perfection and the impossibility of its achievement. In the play, the authoritative ringmaster Caribaldi directs his devastated troupe with an obsessive need to bring Schubert’s Trout Quintet to perfection. Our interpretation (directed by Jan Horák and Michal Pěchouček) accentuates these topics, yet it also progressively relativizes and reinterprets the intention of Bernhard’s drama. Vladimíra Večeřová’s performance Vital Dialogue explores how empathy, solidarity and friendship can be expressed through body language, with signs and without words. The artist composes the final form as a picture, or rather, as a spatial sculpture-installation combined with performance. In addition, the Norma festival will also present the winning performance of the Czech Dance Platform 2017, Tereza Hradilková’s Swish dance solo. Hradilková blends an extreme physical action with a personal need to get closer to oneself and to one’s substance. The highlight of the day will be the Schubert performance: this Romantic Composition for Twelve Performers and a String Quartet is a playful homage to Schubert’s musical genius. The performance won at the Divine Comedy Festival in Krakow, a prestigious festival of contemporary Polish theatre, in 2016. The programme will end with Erlkönig Digital, a multimedia performance by composer Natálie Pleváková. The performance will close the Schubert theme of the one-day encounter of theatre, art and music, which Norma will follow (again as a two-day concept) in its next – the fourth – year.

Jan Horák
festival dramaturg