The student musical will transport the audience to a post-war swing cafe in Czechoslovakia
The story follows the fate of its operation from the perspective of a trio of performing singers Lily, Rosalie and Violeta, for whom performing on stage, swing music and men are the essential life passions. However, the swing enthusiasm will be disrupted by the events related to the February coup of 1948 and the incoming communist set, for whom both American jazz and swing are an ideological enemy that does not at all fit into the ideas of “correct” music for the working people. Three female singers do not give up on their dreams and aspirations in this difficult time and find happiness.
The author of the theme and screenplay, who is also the dramaturge of the production and a pedagogue at JAMU, Pavel Trtílek, tells the story of love adventures, unexpected twists, almost detective plots accompanied by unbridled rhythm, swing dance and two dozen famous swing songs, such as Dívka k rytm zólná , Crazy Day, My Love is Jazz, Swinger Convention, Wandering in the Rhythm, Hm Hm, Telephone Fox, Recipe for Mood, Chasing a Song and many others.
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“I knew almost nothing about swing until the head of the musical studio, Sylva Talpová, approached me to ask if I would write a script for a production about swing for her graduation year. At first I didn’t really want to get into it, because I had a stereotypical idea of swing as music intended mainly for a snobby audience. But I soon found out that the swing era was one of the first generational revolts, as I write about it in the program for the production. The Czech swing of the 1930s and 1940s is a phenomenal thing, and thanks to Sylva Talpová, I became a big fan of this genre, which manifested itself not only in music and dance, but also in a unique lifestyle,” says Trtílek, who he also took care of the musical dramaturgy of the performance.
The musical component of the musical will be performed by a live swing orchestra made up of students of the JAMU Faculty of Music, which will ensure the right beat of the syncopated heart of the production. Swingers from the private Brno dance school Swing Wings helped the creators with the choreography of the performance.
The direction was taken by Michal Sopuch, a graduate of drama direction at JAMU, who brings experience from, for example, Zlín’s Scén Theater and Brno’s Radost Theater, and who had already worked with Trtíl while working at the Polárka and Radost theaters.
Costumed on the parquet floor. They enjoyed their favorite ball in Střelice
“For me, the most important thing was to tell a strong and interesting story on stage. I thank Ms. Talpová and Mr. Trtílk for inviting me to the production team. I find that swing is kind of the great grandfather of punk. Because it carries revolt within itself. And I very much appreciate the meeting with the great students of musical acting,” says Sopuch about the director’s conception of the musical.
The audience can thus look forward to a performance with elements of humor, but also tension, which will be filled with brisk, energetic and slow swing songs and dance performances with elements of tap.
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The performance is over two hours with a twenty-minute intermission.