A flowing, water-esque gown made of thousands of Preciosa crystals shines brightly in the Czech National Theatre leaving audiences speechless.
Karel Jaromír Erben´s classic: A Bouquet has been brought to the stage at the Czech National Theatre in Prague, in a show that is fast garnering acclaim from audiences and critics alike. One scene in particular stands out, in which a drowning maiden is given the breath of life by the insidious water goblin and, once seduced, imprisoned at the bottom of his lake. The striking moment in which the water goblin gives his desperate wife a dress and chain made of river pearls embodies one of the many tragedies in this iconic story.
Part of the scene’s power is undoubtedly due to the Preciosa Crystal Net dress by internationally renowned costume designer Simona Rybáková, winner of the Czech Lion Award. Made in collaboration with Preciosa’s Design Lab, the dress comprises 6,000 Chaton Roses MAXIMA in sizes ranging from ss48 to ss30, creating a delicate degrade effect. The dress is also elegantly lined with the finest tulle, giving the near perfect illusion of a gown made entirely from water, foam and bubbles.
Thanks to the lighting expertise of the National Theatre, the dazzling sparkle from the thousands of crystals is clearly visible from the gold plated auditorium. Doubtless, this piece marks a high point in Rybáková's exquisite costume collection.
A Bouquet is a true Czech classic. Inspired by local legends and myths, the book was highly successful at the time of its publication in 1853, and went on to influence numerous artists. Featuring abundant symbolism bound with nature, everyday rural life and tradition, it comprises passionate and erotic tales teeming with supernatural beings and macabre phantoms. The Wedding Shirt, The Water Sprite and The Midday Witch - magical myths of love and spine-chilling fables – have been adapted for the National Theatre's stage by SKUTR creative duo Martin Kukučka and Lukáš Trpišovský, who previously gained recognition with their production of Lorca’s Blood Wedding at the Estates Theatre, Prague.
SKUTR productions have been shown at festivals in Serbia, Poland, Lithuania, Italy, Germany, Romania, Slovakia, China and South Korea. A high point of their work abroad includes a month-long residency at the 2008 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, where their play The Weepers was performed 22 times and shortlisted for the Total Theatre Award. Their production Joke Killers, created together with Adéla Laštovková, represented the Czech Republic at Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
Since its release, this latest production has become the theatre's best-selling play and has received glowing reviews.