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Romeo and Juliet

This legendary production of Romeo and Juliet was another collaborative effort between Svoboda and Otomar Krejča. In what is at first glance an austere space, Svoboda developed complex stage dynamics. The loggia lightly floated onto the stage and also disappeared from it. The entire structure was made of only wood and jute, but because of the way the surfaces were illuminated it looked as if it were of light sandstone. The stage floor consisted of three platforms. An austere cube metamorphosed into a bench, a low wall, or high wall according to the context of the acting. A square-shaped platform became a fountain in Verona’s main square, a catafalque, and, in the finale, the lovers’ tomb. The third platform, which was the largest, defined the space for the interior scenes, and soundlessly changed in rhythm with the acting, the verses, and the music. Behind the lightness of this “architecture in motion” stood the perfect teamwork of the stage technicians.

The National Theatre Prague
premiere: 25. 10. 1963
director: Otomar Krejča
costume designer: Zdenka Kadrnožková

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