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Kids Euro Festival: Geisslers Theater - Stilts Trilogy

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On October 20 (two shows: 11 am and 3 pm), the Czech Embassy will present the theater group Geisslers Hofcomedianten who will perform the Stilts Trilogy – a street theater performance comprised of three parts: The Astronomical Clock, The Player, and The Bird Catcher. Actors incorporate music and witty banter as they uncover stories from the baroque Kuks Castle. The event will also include an exhibition on the Kuks Castle in the Czech Republic.

The performances, dedicated to Miloš Forman's childhood, are a part of the Kids Euro Festival 2012.

Event Details:
Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic
3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Admission is free.
RSVP to reservations@mutualinspirations.org and put "Geisslers" in the subject line. Please be sure to specify which performance you will be attending.
For additional information, please visit www.kidseurofestival.org.

Additional Performances in the Area
The Geisslers will also perform two shows as La Maison Française on October 21, at 11 am and 2 pm. The performances are a part of the Kids Euro Festival 2012. Admission is free. For more information, please visit www.kidseurofestival.org.
Location:La Maison Française
4101 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC 20007-2178


Stilts Trilogy (Chůdařská trilogie)
The Astronomical Clock | The Player | The Bird Catcher
performed by Geisslers Hofcomoedianten

Three short street-theatre performances on stilts represents the different cultures of European Baroque – German, Italian, and French, which met in the Czech lands.

Part I. - The Astronomical Clock (Křesťanské hodiny)
By Christoph Lorentz Pfeiffer
Performance length: 15 minutes

The Astronomical Clock explores the Baroque clock which used to stand in Prague and was then transported to the spa Kuks in eastern Bohemia. In the performance, the actors cleverly “rebuild the clock” on their stilts, becoming mechanical arms of the clock and performing ten short sketches that recall 10 biblical stories, which were scenes featured on the astronomical clock – the Christian clock.

Part II. The Player (Hráč)
By Mr. Dominique and Mr. Romanesi, the ordinary royal actors
Performance length: 20 minutes

The Player brings up the eternal fight between two partners – man and woman. Their behavior returns in cycles like the movement of revived figures of the astronomical clock. The actors incorporate a saxophone and drum in the short performance.

Part III. The Bird Catcher (Ptáčnice)
By Gilles Menage
Performance length: 15 minutes

The Bird Catcher reveals a story about the traps and dangers of love, as a young shepherd becomes entranced by a beautiful nymph. This story draws on a poem La Belle Uccellatrice (A Beautiful Bird Catcher) by French poet Gilles Menage, which tells the story of a great singing nymph who attracts birds with her lyrical voice. Once a young shepherd gets caught in her net while grazing sheep on a nearby meadow…

About Geisslers Hofcomedianten:
The theatre company Geisslers Hofcomedianten was founded in 2002, reinventing the tradition of the baroque theatre at the Kuks Castle. The company’s repertoire consists of original baroque texts with connections to the Kuks Castle, combined with company’s own poetic style. The theatre has participated in theatre festivals and competitions in the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Italy and Poland. Enjoy a performance of this comedic theater company at the Embassy of the Czech Republic on October 20 (two shows - 11 am and 3 pm) as part of the Kids Euro Festival.

This event is part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2012-Milos Forman, celebrating Oscar-winning, Czech director Milos Forman’s 80th birthday and work, the best of Czech cinematography, and the accomplishments of the transatlantic film industry. The festival runs September-October 2012, and features over 30 films and events in prestigious venues throughout the Washington area, including the National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, AFI Silver Theater, Avalon Theater, Katzen Arts Center at American University, among others. In addition, the festival incorporates concerts, lectures, exhibitions, and theatrical performances related to film, photography, and/or the multimedia realm.  A special component of the festival is the US-wide retrospective: A Tribute to Milos Forman. For more information about the Mutual Inspirations Festival, please visit www.mutualinspirations.org.