Erben, Vrbková // Brides

Script and direction: Jitka Vrbková
based on ballads by Karel Jaromír Erben

Music: Jan Kyncl
CHoreography: Kristýna Kučerová
Stage design: Jitka Vrbková a Kateřina Dvořáková
Costumes: Kateřina Dvořáková







Played by:

Male band:
Drums: Štěpán Kyncl
Bass guitar: Vítězslav Kyncl
Electric guitar: Vít Harry Karlas
Saxophone: Jan Kyncl

Lucky Groom: Martin Polišenský
Unlucky Groom: Antonín Měkota
Waiting Groom: Martin Kříž

Lucky Bride: Eliška Vrbková
Unlucky Bride: Hana Bartoňová
Ghost’s Bride: Monika Pekařová a Kristýna Kučerová

Mother: Zuzana Procházková
Unknown: David Tchelidze





Premiere 2. 4. 2023, CO.Labs Brno


Oh I my beloved, and can it be!
See I was thinking just of thee.
Praying indeed that we might meet,
That God might lead thy wandering feet.

/K. J. Erben: The Ghost Bride/

Brides from Erben’s Bouquet in a poetic-grotesque style accompanied by a male band.

The young girls sit together and dream: soon they will become bright white brides and then there is only a beautiful future them!
And the mother/Mother has no choice but to watch the girls dream with love, hope and fear. But the motif of guilt and punishment is Erben’s favourite – and the consequences can be cruel…

Erben’s The Bouquet is full of female heroines for whom life prepares numerous pitfalls and fate is often merciless.
The Aldente Theatre is full of young actors with Down syndrome who long for love with a happy ending.
The production borrows “Erben’s Brides” from The Bouquet and fights for their fates, believing that love can be stronger than punishment.

Erben blends Christian elements with pagan ones; Aldente Theatre’s production marries a fragile poetic imaginery with grotesque images and rock music.

The performance has three acts:

1. Growing up (the author’s part with the motif of Erben’s brides)
2. Christmas Eve
3. The Wedding Shirt (The Ghost Bride)

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