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Human Locomotion

New Stage (Nová scéna), Národní 4, Praha 1 - Nové Město, 110 00


  • Tue 19. 11. 2019 20.00
  • Wed 20. 11. 2019 10.00 a 20.00
  • Wed 15. 1. 2020 20.00
  • Thu 6. 2. 2020 20.00
  • Thu 5. 3. 2020 20.00
  • Thu 12. 3. 2020 20.00

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A visual-motion show inspired by the life of Eadweard Muybridge.

When a man in 19th-century America shot dead his wife’s lover, he was quite likely to be acquitted. As was the photographer Muybridge ...

A wager
A gunshot

The ambitious project of the SKUTR tandem of stage directors focuses on the story of the world-renowned photographer Eadweard Muybridge, a pioneer in photography and film, the inventor of chronophotography, the electromagnetic shutter timer, the zoopraxiscope ...

Eadweard Muybridge’s creations are generally well-known, yet precious few are familiar with his life story. Laterna magika has a lot in common with his work — motion, photography, film.

The artist and inspired inventor Muybridge hailed from England, yet he went on to gain recognition in the United States. Owing to having invented a fast shutter mechanism, he resolved the question raised by businessmen and race-horse owners, who had made a wager pertaining to whether all four feet of a horse were off the ground at the same time when it was galloping. Muybridge was obsessed with capturing light and mastering time. He succeeded in capturing that which had not been captured previously, and, owing to his experiments with recording motion, he can be deemed the predecessor of film too, although the celluloid tape did not exist in his time. Dedicated to his work, he neglected his young wife, who found comfort in the arms of a lover. The affair ended in high drama - Muybridge shot his rival dead. Yet the court acquitted him on the grounds of “justifiable homicide”.

Visually bold images, speaking through dance and movement, engrossing music and lighting design, scenographic details — we tell Eadweard Muybridge’s story in a singular way, recasting 19th-century America into 21st-century theatre.

Recommended for audience 15+

stage director: SKUTR (Martin Kukučka a Lukáš Trpišovský)
choreography: Jan Kodet
sets: Jakub Kopecký
music: Petr Kaláb
assistant choreographer: Zuzana Hrzalová, Pavel Knolle

cast: Marek Daniel, Zuzana Stavná/Hana Vagnerová, Jakub Gottwald/Jan Kodet ...

duration of the performance: 1 h 20 min (no intermission)

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