Directed by: Jiří Havelka
Stage Design: Marek Zákostelecký
Dramaturgy: Dominika Špalková
duration of the recording: 57 minutes
the video will be available on April 3, 2020 for the whole day
“He was destined to inherit his father’s shoe store, but in childhood he likes to draw instead. In London he sees a magic show and is so fascinated that he becomes a magician. He buys his own theatre which is always sold out, because he lets women disappear and turn them into butterflies … Then he attends the first screening of the Lumière brothers. He will become a brilliant filmmaker who creates the first film studio in the world.” Georges Méliès (1861 – 1938), a French film director and a major pioneer of cinematography.
A new staging of the Drak Theatre is inspired by the remarkable life story and work of cinema pioneer Georges Méliès. It takes viewers into the attractive settings of wizards and magic tricks. Magic tricks, that Méliès as first managed to use in incredibly imaginative ways on the film medium, still retain their visual poetry. He had particularly many followers. The Meliés world of imagination is boundless resisting even death, because celluloid illusion and fantasy weapons may perhaps even beat the Grim Reaper … Or not? We’ll find out at the end of the journey through the fascinating story of a greatest filmmagician of all time.
Awards and acknowledgements:
Theatre Newpaper’s Award for Dušan Hřebíček in category „The Best Actor of The Season“ and for Jiří Havelka and Marek Zákostelecký in category „Puppet Theatre“– Georges Meliés’s Last Trick
ERIK Award for the “Best Puppet Performance of the Season” – Georges Meliés’s Last Trick
Festival Spotkanie Toruń, Grand Prix in categories „The Best Actor, Director and Music“ – Georges Meliés’s Last Trick
“An Anglo-Saxon theatre critic would write that Georges Méliès’ Last Trick is an hour of pure theatre, an hour of eruptive fantasy, perfect playfulness, an hour of contagious joy from creativity, that is the event of the season and it is every theatre lover’s obligation to not miss it. (…)”
Michal Zahálka, nadivadlo.blogspot.cz