PREMIERE OF THE SEASON 2020/21
For the 250th anniversary of the musical genius Ludwig van Beethoven Ballet of the National Theatre Brno, in cooperation with the Janáček Opera, is preparing the joint premiere of a unique ballet project Beethoven. The reason for performing this original work is not only inspiration from this major anniversary, but mainly the artistic attractiveness of Beethoven’s great and exceptional character, his difficult life and brilliant work. Beethoven had a difficult life, practically from childhood crushed by his despotic father and the ensuing health problems culminating in complete deafness – which for another composer would probably have been the end, but not for Beethoven. We can hardly conceive of the scope of his oeuvre, created despite a complete handicap has an incredibly deep and inspirational value. The music for the ballet is taken from his symphonies, where a special position is given to the 9th Symphony with Schiller’s Ode to Joy. We are no closer to the ideal of this poem than in the period when this symphony of symphonies was written. Beethoven was a genius calling for freedom and humanity and even after 250 years his voice, enclosed in his immortal and supreme works, still resonates.
Premiere 13th November 2020, Janáček Theatre