Script and direction: Štěpán Benyovszký
Theme: Štěpán Benyovszký and DEKKADANCERS
Choreography: Štěpán Pechar, Ondřej Vinklát and Marek Svobodník
Music: DEKKADANCERS in cooperation with Jan Šikl
Sets and costumes: Pavel Knolle
When two Mafia Dons meet at one dinner table, you can be sure that they will settle more than just the bill for the meal. You can expect a story of great treachery intertwined with sub-plots of gangsters, murdered cooks, secret agents and the fatal beauty of Russian ballerinas.
The dancers: Alina Nanu, Morgane Lanoue, Tereza Kučerová, Kristina Kornová, Ivana Mikešová, Marek Svobodník, Ondřej Vinklát, Štěpán Pechar, Mathias Deneux, Adam Sojka, Alex Sadirov, Tomáš Kopecký and Matěj Šust
Dance and humour are two variables which go together very well, but the creation of a great performance using these two ingredients is often one of the most difficult disciplines. In the case of the Dekkadancers and their Last Supper, which has just won the Opera Plus portal’s Award for the Best Choreography of 2017, this has been achieved with a significant level of success.
The Dekkadancers dance ensemble was originally established in 2009 by members of the National Theatre Ballet, Tom Rychetský and Viktor Konvalinka, and by the photographer, Pavel Hejný, as an outlet for their artistic ideas. Throughout its existence, the ensemble has mainly consisted of members of the National Theatre Ballet who enjoy the personal and professional realisation which cooperating on the group’s original performances brings them. The so-called second generation of Dekkadancers, i.e. Štěpán Pechar, Marek Svobodník and Ondřej Vinklát, took over the artistic leadership of the group in 2015 and their choreographies now constitute an important part of the repertoire. The ensemble’s work predominantly takes place during the dancers’ free time, which is remarkable given their exceptional workloads. This is all the more so, if we consider that they do not only dance in this dance grotesque, but they also perform as talented musicians, performers or singers. Each of the thirteen dancers is provided with a platform for their dance artistry, as well as their other talents.
The Last Supper is the first full-length piece in the history of the Dekkadancers. The ballet gangster story interwoven with black humour will take you to the environments of an Italian town, a German police cell and a Mafia Don’s hot tub, where you will witness wild gun fights, passionate romance, police raids and the ever-present treachery and revenge.
After a series of combined evenings consisting of shorter choreographies, the Dekkadancers have decided to take a new big step with the full-length Last Supper. This was a somewhat bold decision for a grotesque pun, but it has proved highly successful. In addition to humour, the Dekkadancers also have another strong weapon, namely their talent which is not limited to dance and choreography; you can also see the dancers performing the roles of narrators and musicians. Barbora Turksová, Dance news
Length: 75 minutes without a break