Príliš blízko na návrat (Too Close To Return) is based on the music and original libretto of Karel von Kleist, a Dutch composer living in Ireland. The composition is a soundscape that took him seven years to compose. The outcome was a ballet in ten scenes about the search of the soul.
In the conception of Katarína Mojžišová, while preserving the theme, the original libretto has been adapted for the needs of audio-visual-physical media involved and choreographed as a postmodern ballet. The term here connects the composer’s original intent with the concept of using contemporary, multimedia means and inspirations for its expression.
The visual aspect consists of the set and costumes by Slovak set designer Erik Ivančík and the multimedia stage design by Austrian art duo Machfeld.
The physical, bodily aspect are the six dancers of Štúdio Tanca — Denisa Benčaťová, Lenka Rajchmanová, Lucia Horváthová, Miroslava Peterská, Tibor Trulík and Michal Štefkovič. At a certain point, each of them embodies a character of a traveller…
The state of transition, of being on the journey, when there is a need to decide whether to go on or to return, is the recurring motive of the performance. In the course of this journey, the media concerned mutually invade, help, influence each other.
Ten scenes, six stops on a journey. No way back.
Too Close To Return.
Text: Katarína Mojžišová