Cyril and Methodius

Premiere:  22/06/2013
Igor in role: Anastasius, papal leach

The Adventures of scripture

The fate of the Thessaloniki's verches and their grand Moravian mission form one of the founding stories of the Czech nation and an essential element of its identity. In their narration, the authors focus on the last six years of Cyril/Constantine's life - his and Methodist's arrival in Great Moravia, the creation of the writing of the Star-Spaniah, the introduction of Old Slavonic as a language of worship, the departure from Moravia and, later, the triumphant defence of their mission and the legitimacy of slavic liturgy.

At the same time, they add two counterpoint lines to the story of Cyril and Methodist. The first is the love story of three Grand Moravians – the warrior Vojslav, the adept of the monkhood of Svojmír and the simple country girl Vesna. On their fates and their vastly different attitudes towards the arrival of the Thessaloniki brethren, the authors demonstrate the specific significance and impact of the Cyril-Methodist mission, as well as the contention of the idealistic efforts of Cyril and Methodist with the political pragmatism of that time.

In addition, the production is created in a specific genre of "drama with ballet". The drama performances are lined with separate ballet performances with music by Karel Albrecht, which was specially composed for this production. The dance adds a deeper symbolic character to the production and points to the more general meaning of the Cyrillic story and further visually enriches it, and in addition tells another separate story – the story of the scriptures. Scriptures that are a good servant, but an evil master, scriptures that can write a book of poems and anonymous giving, a love letter, and a death sentence.