The Czech Philharmonic audiovisual installation Má vlast – Up Close and Out Loud welcomes visitors to the alluring worlds of the arts and of the latest technologies, the intersection of which is a remarkable collage offering new experiences in the perception of the iconic works of Czech music.

With this project, the Czech Philharmonic and its chief project partners, the bank Česká spořitelna and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, are joining in the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Czechoslovak state with a traditional contribution in a new garb: that of a 25-minute multimedia show. Supplementing masterful performances of the symphonic poem Vltava (The Moldau) from Bedřich Smetana’s cycle Má vlast (My Homeland) and of the 4th and 5th movements of Leoš Janáček’s Sinfonietta conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek are visual creations by the renowned London company 59 Productions. This experimental conception is something unusual for this country, and its purpose is to confront the classical music genre with the trend of its visual interpretation by specialists with worldwide recognition, whose interpretation is not burdened by Czech traditions.

The audiovisual installation liberates these Czech classics from the environment of concert halls and school textbooks, and it reaches out to everyone who wants to try to perceive this intimately familiar music in a new way, and also reaches out to those who will let themselves be carried away by the visual component, and who may naturally come to accept the musical aspect of the project, even if they would never have sought out such music. The authors of the installation Má vlast – Up Close and Out Loud have taken as their point of departure a thorough study of aspects of Czech culture past and present. The result can be understood as an interesting insight into how Czech In the case of Smetana’s symphonic poem Vltava (The Moldau), the animators have chosen a “surprisingly unsurprising” solution based on the natural lyricism of the Czech landscape, through which the observer is accompanied by the river itself. This approach documents how inexhaustibly impressive the Czech countryside is in the eyes of the foreigners, as was already mentioned. Instead of a literal interpretation of the composition’s programmatic content, the creators have devoted themselves with obvious zeal to perspicacious observation of the aquatic element, using the camera lens to document, to reveal, neither embellishing upon nor avoiding the river’s concrete cascades, which have permanently changed the shape of Smetana’s romantic river. Instead, the authors have incorporated the dams into the projection as a contemporary, organic component of the whole.

Vltava from the workshop of 59 Productions, while plentifully representing the structural elements of medieval castles and monasteries and the outlines of modern rural architecture, also commemorates the history of the Czech state, its mythology, and the human element, of course, which is also a part of the work. Vltava naturally reaches its climax in Prague, but not with the “obligatory” shots of Prague panoramas, but instead with views of the centres of Czech culture, which point to one of the most important focal points of life and the identities of the inhabitants of the Czech lands.

 

Official trailer

Enjoy the journey

Brno / 8 – 17 June 2018 / Exhibition Centre, Pavilon A – Hala A2, Re:publika

Address

Veletrhy Brno
Pavilon A – Hala A2
Výstaviště 1
647 00 Brno

GPS 

49.111808 N
16.35826 E

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Plzeň / 21 Jun – 12 Jul / DEPO2015

Address

DEPO2015
Autobusová hala
Presslova 14
301 00 Plzeň

Open hours: 10am - 7pm

GPS

49.738189 N
13.381934 E

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Prague / 25 Jul – 20 Aug 2018 / Rudolfinum, Ceremony Hall

Address

Rudolfinum
Dvorana
Alšovo nábřeží 79/12
110 00 Praha

Open hours: 10am - 9pm

The exact times when the installation My Homeland must be turned off due to ongoing concerts in the Suk Hall. Thank you for understanding.

25 Jul – 6pm – 7pm
26 Jul – 6pm – 7pm
27 Jul  – 6pm – 7pm
28 Jul  – 6pm – 7pm
29 Jul  – 6pm – 7pm
31 Jul – 6pm – 9pm
2 Aug – 6pm – 7pm
3 Aug  – 6pm – 7pm
4 Aug – 6pm – 7pm
5 Aug – 6pm – 7pm
7 Aug – 6pm – 9pm
8 Aug – 6pm – 7pm
9 Aug – 6pm – 7pm
10 Aug – 6pm – 7pm
11 Aug – 6pm – 7pm
12 Aug – 6pm – 7pm
15 Aug – 6pm – 7pm
16 Aug – 6pm – 7pm
17 Aug – 6pm – 7pm
18 Aug – 6pm – 7pm
19 Aug – 6pm – 9pm
20 Aug – 6pm – 9pm (the last screening will start today at 5:30pm) 


 

GPS

50.089674 N
14.415280 E

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Hradec Králové / 28 Aug – 8 Sep 2018 / PETROF Gallery

Address

PETROF Gallery
Na Brně 2136/4
500 06 Hradec Králové

Open hours: 9am - 7pm

GPS

50.192677 N
15.851771 E

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Liberec / 12 Sep – 21 Oct 2018 / Central station

Address

Vlaková stanice Liberec
Kulturní sál ostrovní budovy
(budova mezi nástupišti)
Nákladní 344/2
460 01 Liberec

Open hours 9am - 7pm

GPS

50.761517 N
15.045782 E

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Ostrava / 25 Oct – 20 Nov 2018 / Karolina

Address

Trojhalí Karolina
Dvojhalí
K Trojhalí 3361/5
702 00 Ostrava – Moravská Ostrava

Open hours 9am - 7pm

GPS

49.828541 N
18.286868 E

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Partneři
Česká spořitelna
Ministerstvo kultury
Společné století
Česká televize
Mafra
Fifty nine production
Zúčastněné instituce
Brno
Festival republika
Brno
Plzeň
Depo 2015
Mesto Plzeň
Praha
Rudolfinum
Česká filharmonie
Liberec
Správa železniční dopravní cesty
Liberec
Rok Republiky
Hradec Králové
Petrof gallery
Ostrava
Trojhalí karolina