Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

  • Genre Drama
  • Stage Drama Theatre
  • Premiere26. April 1997
  • Length2:35 hod.
  • Number of reprises94
  • Final performance19. January 2017

Heroic Comedy

A neoromantic comedy Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmond Rostand has become one of the most frequently performed plays of the world repertory on Czech stages in more than a hundred years since its origin, particularly thanks to the first excellent translation by Jaroslav Vrchlický. The presentation of the Brno Municipal Theatre also comes out of Vrchlický’s translation. The authors of the adaptation, Stanislav Moša and Jaromír Vavroš, preserved the translation but adapted the archaic parts which lost their capability of communication during the century. A great number of outstanding actors performed the title role in the past (the famous B. C. Coquelin in the Paris premiere, of Czech actors Eduard Vojan, Karel Höger, Otomar Krejča, and lately, Viktor Preiss and Jaromír Hanzlík should be mentioned). However, the director Stanislav Moša has broken a stereotyped assigning the title role to ageing performers – all three heroes (Cyrano, Roxana and Christian) in the mise-en-scene performed by the Brno Municipal Theatre are young, which increases the impressiveness of the story of unaccomplished love of a bragging poet and fighter, romantic hero Cyrano De Bergerac.

 

Adaptation

Author

  • Edmond Rostand

Directed by

Translation

  • Jaroslav Vrchlický

Dramaturgist

  • Jiří Kudrnáč

Music

  • Daniel Forró

Language collaboration

  • Dr. Jaroslava Nečasová

Kristián

De Guiche

Rageneau

Ligniére

De Valvert

Montfleury

Bellerosse

Brissaille

Nespokojenec

Měšťák

Syn, Paštičkář, Kadet

Dlouhoprsťák, Básník, Kadet

Kapucín

Lokaj, Básník, Kadet

Paštičkář, Kadet

Dueňa

Květinářka, Sestra

Lisa

Preciózka, Marta

Preciózka, Klára

Hudebníci

Rejuvenated Cyrano in Lidická Street

Vít Závodský 1. December -1 zdroj Brněnský večerník

…Moša’s approach does not hide a sincere enchantment of the story where love, friendship and honour are not just empty words – unfortunately, in contrast to the presence…

…The flared pathos of mighty passions and deeds, but mainly a current message of human heroism and nobility in the world of mammon, illusion and intrigues appears on a universal, ethereal scene designed by Emil Konečný. It should be especially emphasized that with a continuous linkage of chorus and chamber performances the two-act presentation neither loses its inner tension and stage gradation, nor Vrchlický’s lissom alexandrine…

The Length of Nose Is Not Always the Right Measure

Aleš Crha 1. December -1 zdroj Brněnský den

…If the ambitious Frenchman Edmond Rostand resurrected he would probably enjoy himself watching the Brno presentation of his romantic poem … Any actor’s as well as director’s touchstone is to move an audience to a smile or even laugh with a versified rejoinder, which was absolutely successful …

…It may be said that the classical Rostand’s work became an adornment of the Municipal Theatre...

A Story about the Beauty of Soul and Heart

Jiří Teš 1. December -1 zdroj Slovo

…The Brno Municipal Theatre manifested again its happy and healthy dramatic instinct by presenting Cyrano. The new presentation directed by Stanislav Moša is based on an adapted translation by Jaroslav Vrchlický (Moša directed the play ten years ago in the former Brno State Theatre, but this new presentation is not a remake, principal dissimilarities of both presentations prove best the changeability of time)…

…A rejuvenated version of Cyrano was created, which was also supported by assigning roles to young members of the ensemble. The playful and ferocious performance has a pace not allowing spectators to lose their attention. A permanent contact was established with a helpful audience which became a co-actor in the performance …

…A polyfunctional scene created by Emil Konečný, mainly in black, makes an ideal space for the action story and continues the style of the new theatre interior. The costumes designed by Andrea Kučerová sparkle against a dark background. The music by Daniel Forró alternates an illustrative accompaniment with dramatic percussion solos according to the course of action. The movement co-ordinated by Josef Jurásek is dynamic and impressive...

Cyranos, Christians and Roxana

Libuše Zbořilová 1. December -1 zdroj Rovnost

Stanislav Moša managed as director to do what he had promised: to rejuvenate a hundred-year-old Cyrano De Bergerac and to create a playful as well as touching scenic poem based on Vrchlický’s translation. The premieres held on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th April which were expected in suspense culminated with a fifteen-minute round of applause to the protagonists and other thirty figures with whom Moša created a work of high ambitions surviving undoubtedly several seasons in the repertory of the Brno Municipal Theatre...

…The company director Stanislav Moša uses all theatrical means, his direction is stratified but compact … The alternation of elaborate chorus scenes with the dialogues of the main characters is continuous, providing the complex with a balanced character. The variation of exciting sequences with more quiet ones maintains a continual attention of audience. A great number of fresh ideas and gestures make the well-known text special; the director is looking for hidden meanings. Thanks to the youth of actors, the humorous scenes are airy, spontaneous, with a good dose of bragging enduring up to a tragic end...

Cyrano is Young and Vociferous in Brno

Luboš Mareček 1. December -1 zdroj MF Dnes

Rostand’s Cyrano De Bergerac was rejuvenated by the Brno Municipal Theatre, firstly, in language – the authors of the sensitive adaptation of the well-known translation by Vrchlický are Jaromír Vavroš and Stanislav Moša…

…Moša’s direction lays particular stress on heroism, suffering love and unselfish virtue – however, not like mawkish romantic attributes. Implausible pathos would break down vigorous performances …

… Igor Ondříček drafts exactly his sagacity and secret love to Roxana. It is a pleasure to listen to his verses fluttering as quickly as his cord. The evergreen heroic concern, thoroughly studied text, sounding voice and nonchalant volubility are Ondříček’s principle weapons...

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