Three months after the premiere of The Seagull, Svoboda had at hand a perfect tool for Otomar Krejča and his staging of J. K. Tyls historical play Drahomíra and Her Sons. The story is set in the tenth century, at the dawn of Czech history. Robust wooden surfaces and stylised three-dimensional façades of Romanesque architecture literally sliced the stage space, which was filled with the tangible light of low-voltage striplights while deep shadow remained in those places where the light did not reach. The curtain was formed by three monumental wooden surfaces that slid together. The raked stage was segmented by only furrows and protrusions, whose clear-cut shadows increased the three-dimensional contours of the floor.
Josef Kajetán Tyl: DRAHOMÍRA NAD HER SONS / DRAHOMÍRA A JEJÍ SYNOVÉ
The National Theatre Prague
premiere: 15. 6. 1960
director: Otomar Krejča
costume designer: Jiří Trnka
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