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The Lešany Crib

Premiere 2.11.2016 / La Fabrika Theatre / Prague

Duration: 70 min.


Awards and Nominations:

- THALIA AWARD NOMINATION 2016 for Fanny Barrouquére

- Three NOMINATION Opera plus AUDIENCE AWARD Award 2016:
   --the best DANCER: Fanny Barrouquére, Andrea Opavská
   --the best CHOREOGRAPHY: Lenka Vagnerová


The last project of LV&C group is inspiredin the last long poetical composition of the Czech poet František Hrubín “The Lešany Crib – The Christmas Ballade “.

The moving story with its beautiful languageand the poetry full of images may work as a cure against the world obsessed with production and serve as a reminder of the human dimension in each one ofus. The Lešany Crib impresses by the power of simplicity and humanity emerging from the poetry of Hrubín.

“I believe in Hrubín´s bewitching  text full of emotions with its rich and intense ancient story, text relating to the pre-Christian and Christian roots of the European culture at the moment of their retrieval and need for their remembering.”  Vladimír Javorský

“Josef Padevět and his wife Marie have been walking. Marie does not want to surrender the bundle made of a quilt and covered with a coat that she has been holding inher arms. In it, blood is running through the darkness of the little body that, with every beat of its heart, has been approaching the moment when it realizes itself and becomes enchanted by the immense and amazing life with the horrorsof wars, dreams and love, …“ František Hrubín, Lešanské jesličky

Concept and choreography: Lenka Vagnerová

Concept and dramaturgy: Vladimír Javorský
Performed by: Andrea Opavská, Fanny Barrouquére, Branislav Bašista,Ivo Sedláček, Michal Heriban
Music: Ivan Acher
Music performed by: Jana Vébrová: accordion, helicon, vocals, Lenka Dusilová: vocals, Karolína Baranová: voice, Vladan Maliniak: violin, viola, Ivan Acher: vocals, helicon, sampler, preparpiano, harmonium, Vladimír Javorský: vioce
Scenography: Anna Vránová, Lenka Vagnerová, Vladimír Javorský
Costumes: Michal Heriban, Andrea Vagnerová
Lighting designer: Michal Kříž
Sound: Eva Hamouzová
Repetitor: Lucie Krameriusová
Production: Andrea Vagnerová
Graphic design:  Michal Heriban
Trailer by: Michal Heriban
Video: Jiří Jiráček

Producer: Lenka Vagnerová & Company

Rehearsed in: STUDIO ALTA

With a subsidy from: Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Capital City of Prague

The copyright Lešany Crib Františka Hrubína has been represented by DILIA, divadelní, literární, audiovizuální agentura, z.s.,Krátkého 1, Prague.


"A work has appeared so imaginative and complex and of such ingenuity that a single viewing is not sufficient for the audience to absorb all its many features.”

"The production is comprised of so many visually striking images, it actually evokes instead a work of fine art."
"The production gradually draws the viewer into another world and as good theatre it arouses actual emotions, feelings of insecurity and fear, but also laughter." 
(OPERA PLUS / LUCIE KOCOURKOVÁ / 4.11.2016 / 100 %)


"The new work from our most talented choreographer Lenka Vagnerová"

"Her feeling is dramatic, dynamic, emotional."
"The marvellous subject of Mary in the world, so frequent in old sculpture and painting, in this production comes physically to life. It is a brilliant metaphor. If any audience were to miss this it would be a tragedy, it’s a great metaphor!"

"The production combines a winter lyric with motifs of parenthood, the indefatigability of life and love,  a performance which even without a grandiose  stage set  leaves a deep impression on you." 

"The dynamic of the production has a very broad context, fragility meets the desire to destroy so that it immediately returns strengthened by the determination to preserve life, a determination powered by love for the being that is only waiting for its great entrance into life."

"Lenka Vagnerová has created in Lešanská crib images full of symbolism and associations."
"A dance geyser whirls forward in a stormy then calm tempo and keeps you in its grip. Light, dark, dancers and things leave behind them darkening shadows, becoming an essential part of the visually thrilling images which Vagnerová knows how to capture in the minutes detail."


"An absorbing production from the very beginning that took my breath away and the only thing I could think of was that it had no end. Thanks to the original ballade I could see that Lenka Vagnerová was not creating a movement for its own sake but everything made sense and spoke to me. I saw all her current pieces and her ideas keep on surprising and fascinating me. For me it is the dance performance of the year and I am looking forward to seeing it again. (I-DIVADLO / 1/2017) 


"Lenka Vagnerová, Vladimír Javorský and Ivan Acher managed to create an extraordinarily  complex performance that is a joy to watch, listen to and explore. The dancing, the selected quotes of the ballade and the music interconnect to form a perfect work that the audience watches enthusiastically from the beginning to the end; it gets carried away, entertained and thrilled by it." 

"Lenka Vagnerová takes you from a busy street in Prague to the countryside covered by snow where you will be surrounded by beautiful music and singing. She gives you a chance to experience fear, anxiety, suspense and relief. The choreography makes it possible to follow the story without any difficulties even if you do not know the Hrubín´s ballade; you let the dancers and the music guide you and end up taking away a very strong sensation." 


Vladimír Javorský isan actor. In 1986 he terminated his studies at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. In 1986 – 1991 he was an actor of the Husa na provázku theatre, later on he joined the French Compagnie d` Hassard. From 1993 to 1999 he was a member of the Činoherní klub/The Drama Club, from 1999 to 2012 he was engaged by the drama section of the National Theatre in Prague. From 2012 he has been appearing in the operas Toufar, Enchantia and the dramas The Makropulos Affair, Troilus and Cressida, The Garden Party, The Government Inspector. He is known for his leading roles on the TV series The Greatest of Pierrots, The Three Wise Men etc. We could see him in the movies Landscape with Furniture, BridgeBuds, for which he was awarded the Czech Lion in 2012. He worked with thefollowing directors: Petr Scherhaufer, Eva Tálská, Ctibor Turba, Ladislav Smoczek, Ivo Krobot, Jiří Menzl, Karel Kachyňa, Karel Smyczek, Juraj Herz, Juraj Jakubisko, Robert Wilson.

“I have always been attracted by the physical theatre. My greatest achievement in this field was the cooperation in the triptych Grimm Grimm, work with the Japanese choreographer Mino Tanaka and the dance performance “Don Quijote de Hakushu” with Yasunari Tamaio, another Japanese.”


Michal Hančovský