Sledujte nás na Facebooku!


EpitaphChoreography: Petr Zuska

Direction and choreography: Petr Zuska
Music: Antonín Dvořák (Concert for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 104)
Stage set: Petr Zuska and Pavel Knolle
Costumes: Pavel Knolle
Light design: Karel Šimek
Assistant choreography: Linda Svidró
Dance performance: 8 dancers
Duration: 40 minutes

Premiere 22nd November 2020, 19:00, Vinohrady Theatre Prague (online stream 4th December 2020, 18:00,

I got the inspiration for how to approach the Dvořák’s Concert in B minor for Cello from the composer himself, or rather from his relationship to Josefina Kounic, the love of his youth, whose disease and death influenced this piece of music deeply.

The second source of inspiration was another woman. A phenomenal British cellist Jacqueline du Pré whose musical interpretation I chose not only for its musical quality. Her extremely successful career started crumbling at her 25 years of age when she realised that she cannot feel her fingertips. Some years later she dies very prematurely, confined to a wheelchair due to multiple sclerosis…

I consider cello an instrument capable of “speaking”. And, in case of a magical interconnection of genius – both composer and musician, the words of the instrument become even clearer and more acute. This is the case of the pair Dvořák – du Pré. They have not met in the spacetime continuum, but they keep meeting in a much more substantial dimension.

The premiere is dedicated to “Jackie” who would celebrate her 75th birthday this year.

Petr Zuska