The search for relationships between the world of musical visions and space is a fundamental one in contemporary theatre. During the Prague Quadrennial, musical compositions by Marko Ivanović, inspired by the space of the garden at Jan Palach Square, will be played at certain times in this installation, situated in front of the Rudolfinum, the home of the Czech Philharmonic. The dramatic space will be supplemented by installations inspired by Antonín Dvořák's Symphony no. 9 in E minor, 'From the New World' and the overture to the opera 'Parsifal' by Richard Wagner. The author of the project is opera director Jiří Heřman.
Two paths – staged music in space, and space as a source of inspiration for composing and staging music.
Music can evoke visions of space that are often not present in man's inner world. By staging music in space, we open up new dimensions in the perception of music.
Space often reflects the life and mental state of society, and so our perception of space can help us reach a deeper understanding of man, and its constant transformation allows us to discover the meaning of our existence. Music also allows us to see man's inner world in its endless transformations.
The combination of music and space gives the sensitive observer a unique sense and often a surprising understanding of something hidden and fleeting, an understanding of ourselves, and it gives us the opportunity to explore our lives from a different perspective.
PQ Music Commissioner is Jiří Heřman.
photo: Lila Sotiriou