PROGRAMME

GEIKO

Richard Ševčík / Jan Matásek

Richard Ševčík / Jan Matásek

GEIKO

A ballet inspired by the real life of geisha Mineko Iwasaki and by her autobiography Geisha of Gion

"I want you to know what it's really like to live the life of a geisha. It was a life in which I was extremely successful, many say the best of my generation. And yet it was a life that I found too restrictive to continue. A life I eventually had to leave behind. This is a story I've wanted to tell for a long time. My name is Mineko..." For more than four decades, Mineko Iwasaki lived within the confines of powerful but invisible restrictions. Bound by an ancient, unwritten code – "the shroud of tradition and the sanctity of this exclusive profession" – she and thousands of other women throughout three centuries of Japanese history protected their extraordinary lives from the public eye. Mineko's compelling and moving story captures her earliest memories, beginning with her move to a geisha house at just four years of age and her initiation into the profession she wanted to improve. As we follow Mineko's gradual blossoming over the years from little "princess" to "the brightest of stars," we learn more about the complex training and the entire educational system that makes girls become geishas.

The book Geisha of Gion, or also Geisha, a Life, which became the direct inspiration for the ballet company's production, tells a story that is sometimes heartbreaking, always awe-inspiring and absolutely true.

Premiere: 25 May 2024 at the Malá scéna

scene The Small Stage
opening night 25. 5. 2024
length of performance 115 min

Creators

Autoři knihy:
Mineko Iwasaki a Rande Gail Brown
Libreto podle knihy upravila:
Kateřina Ševčíková
Režie a choreografie:
Richard Ševčík
Hudba:
Jan Matásek
Scéna a kostýmy:
Andrea Pavlovičová
Světelná koncepce:
Lukáš Kellner a Jakub Nosek
Odborná pohybová a dramaturgická spolupráce:
Lucie Hayashi
Asistent choreografie:
Zuzana Hradilová
Asistent režie:
Miroslav Hradil
Inspice:
Petr Šmaus

Prersons and actors

Mineko Iwasaki, gejša:
Mami Mołoniewicz / Afroditi Vasilakopoulou
Mineko dítě:
Shiori Nirasawa / Michela Quartiero / Kako Sawai
Madam Oima:
Apolena Veldová / Jana Kubátová
Mama Masako:
Sara Antikainen / Kristýna Miškolciová
Aiko, učitelka tance:
Zuzana Hradilová
Yuriko, hodná gejša:
Luisa Isenring / Victoria Roemer
Yaeko, sestra Mineko:
Jarmila Hruškociová / Andronika Tarkošová
Slečna K., zlá gejša:
Adéla Krandová / Avril Wieland
Filmový herec:
Gaëtan Pires / Justin Rimke / Marius Mathieu
Malíř:
Riccardo Gregolin / Marius Mathieu
Návrhář kostýmů:
Giacomo Mori / Mátyás Sántha
Matka Mineko:
Aneta Pašková / Margarida Gonçalves
Otec Mineko:
Miroslav Suda / Karel Roubíček
Mamoru, syn Yaeko:
Simone Carosso / Go Minakami
Služebná:
Romana Hanzal, Viktorie Kloudová
maiko, geiko, děti ve škole:
Margarida Gonçalves / Aneta Pašková, Avril Wieland / Novella Petrucci, Cynthia Brandan / Kako Sawai, Kanako Tamaki
Společnost na večírku, osud, temnota a další:
Miroslav Suda / Karel Roubíček, Giacomo Mori / Mátyás Sántha, Simone Carosso / Go Minakami, Riccardo Gregolin / Marius Mathieu / João Xavier
Děti:
Kristýna Balatá / Magdalena Muchnová / Barbora Valdmanová / Dorota Klementová / Adéla Štruncová, (žáci Baletní školy DJKT)
  • The production begins with an intro - a traditional tea ceremony.
  • Please note that tobacco products are used in the production.
  • This production is not suitable for light sensitive audiences. Strobe effects are used in the production.

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