4 July | Saturday 6:00pm – 10:00pm
BAROQUE NIGHT / ZELENÁ HORA CASTLE
A programme of Baroque entertainment. Music, dance, theatre, flavours, Baroque menu, Baroque fireworks. Collegium Marianum, Buchty a loutky / F. Cavalli: La Calisto – Baroque opera
OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL
There are only a few places that play such a significant role in the history of the Czech lands. The Castle of Zelená Hora, once a Gothic castle and since the end of the 17th century a Baroque jewel constituting a major feature of the landscape, was inhabited by the leading nobility and also hosted rare visitors, such as Maria Theresia, Joseph II, Franz Joseph I with his wife Sissi, and Ferdinand d'Este. Furthermore, it used to keep the Czech St Wenceslas Crown. The complex of buildings on top of Zelená Hora also includes the Baroque Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary.
Symbolic opening of the festival 9 Weeks of Baroque | second evening
The second day of the opening ceremony of the festival 9 Weeks of Baroque continues in a place associated with legends. After the opening ceremony of the evening, visitors will have an opportunity to join enlivened tours of certain parts of the castle. A rich cultural programme will be prepared in the castle garden. In addition to dance and theatrical performances, it will be possible to smell fragrances of the Baroque prepared by the perfumist Petra Hlavatá. Visitors can also enjoy the tasting of a Baroque menu. The renowned music group Collegium Marianum and the independent puppet theatre Buchty a loutky will perform in the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. These ensembles will present an original adaptation of the early Baroque opera La Calisto by Francesco Cavalli, connecting puppet theatre performance with live singing and musical accompaniment. At the same time, the castle park will offer a Castle Baroque Ball presented by Hartig Ensemble. Artists will perform period dances in the original form choreographed by Prof. Helena Kazárová and accompanied by the soloist Irena Troupová and musicians from Musica Florea. The entire evening will be concluded by Baroque fireworks from the workshop of Theatrum Pyrotechnicum from Český Krumlov.
6:00pm opening ceremony
6:20pm – 8:00pm animated tours of the castle, including its unique dungeons featuring the heart of Zelená Hora, accessible for the first time since the end of World War II, an exhibition of 550 years of the Union of Zelená Hora in the Black Hall, a special programme in the castle park and in the courtyard, a tasting of Baroque cuisine, a falconry exhibition, Baroque fragrances, theatrical performances, acrobats and jugglers
The main programme, group I: 8:00pm F. Cavalli: the Baroque opera La Calisto – the renowned musical ensemble Collegium Marianum and the independent puppet theatre Buchty a loutky have together created an original puppet adaptation of an early Baroque opera La Calisto by Francesco Cavalli, connecting puppet theatre performance with live singing and the musical accompaniment of an instrumental ensemble.
The main programme, group II: 8:30pm Hartig Ensemble – Baroque dances – historic dances in the castle garden (or in a tent) choreographed by Helena Kazárová, accompanied by the soloist Irena Troupová and musicians from Musica Florea.
10:00pm Baroque fireworks
ARTISTS AND PARTICIPANTS
BUCHTY A LOUTKY THEATRE
DANCE GROUP HARTIG ENSEMBLE
PETRA HLAVATÁ | FRAGRANCES OF BAROQUE
PILSEN FANFARE ORCHESTRA
TEREZA SAMSONOVÁ | LUTE
DANCE ENSEMBLE ARVENA
CULTURAL ASSOCIATION RAŠELINA
AMATEUR ENSEMBLE ŠŤEDRÝ
TEATRUM PYROTECHNIKUM | BAROQUE FIREWORKS
Admission: CZK 300 | CZK 150, with opera La Calisto CZK 500 | CZK 250
TICKETS AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE
Capacity: 300 places not including opera, 150 places including opera
Production: Pilsen 2015
TICKETS with La Calisto
TICKETS without LA Calisto