Script: Tomáš Jarkovský, Jakub Vašíček
Direction: Jakub Vašíček
Stage Design: Kamil Bělohlávek
Costumes: Tereza Vašíčková
Puppets: Tereza Vašíčková
Music: Daniel Čámský
Dramaturgy: Tomáš Jarkovský
For spectators older than 6 years.
Duration of performance: 50 minutes
The fairy tale Sleeping Beauty tells a story of a king’s daughter who is terribly cursed. When fifteen years old, she should prick her finger on a spindle or thorn and sleep for 100 years. She could be freed only by a brave prince who cuts through thick thorns and wakes her with a kiss. This folk tale about coming-of-age, irreversibility of fate, power, and various forms of love probably first appeared in written form in the version by the Italian Baroque poet and tale-collector Giambattista Basile under the name Sun, Moon, and Talia(1634). A far more popular version is by Charles Perrault in the legendary collection called Mother Goose Tales(1697), which set foundation for more than a century younger version by Grimm brothers. The most popular Czech version is by František Hrubín.
Besides a plethora of its film and theatrical versions, Sleeping Beautyhas become a model for numerous musical compositions, including the famous ballet by the Russia Romantic composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky The Sleeping Beauty. The ballet also became inspiration for the legendary 1977 production by Josef Krofta in Drak Theatre. The production was devised as a play in a play set in theatre’s backstage during the production of a ballet performance.
The present production builds on psychoanalytical interpretation of the American, Austria-born psychologist Bruno Bettelheim. Bettelheim identifies the story of Sleeping Beautyas a parable of initiation and female growing up. He notices symbolism of blood, resp. red colour, the motif of high tower with a spiral staircase and other psychoanalytical issues. Our production pays special attention to these motifs, making is thus appealing to adult audiences. Yet, the entire story is presented in a fairy tale dimension – understandable even to the youngest spectators. The story is told as a puppet slapstick accompanied by Daniel Čámský’s live music, emphasising both puppet and musical mastery of Drak theatre troupe.