A Cabaret Without Timetable

In Sudetenland, in a small village called Heavenfishire, thousands of candles are burning. It is All Souls’ Night and the dead are resurrected and the past is coming back. The three volunteering firewomen have guarded a fire-scene. Maybe they shouldn’t have gotten on that mysterious bus that suddenly stopped at the cemetery wall. Now it’s too late. Without a passport, without a timetable, pell-without-mell. Courage, Meine Damen und Herren, bitte. Welcome on board of our international line from nation to nation, from era to era… Fasten your seatbelts or someone else will fasten you! Is there someone who doesn’t have the courage to look in the face of their own past?

Why a cabaret? To us, the cabaret is not only a means but also a symbol. It is a means to move freely in time and space and to incorporate the distinct musical elements by distinguished Czech composer Aleš Březina. At the same time, it is a symbol – the cabaret very often reflects modern history, and on the other hand, modern history reminds us of a cabaret sometimes. A cabaret is a place where people of different descents, languages and fates meet. A cabaret is a free form but it can be cruel, too; it is funny and sad at the same time. The women in the cabaret are young, beautiful and desperately abandoned – exactly like in a border village in the middle of the war, when most of the men are gone; or like in a city divided by a wall…

About the composer

Aleš Březina (born 1965 in Teplice) is a Czech composer and musicologist; he is also the director of the Bohuslav Martinů Institute in Prague. Březina is a successful composer, especially of film scores. He created scores at least for 18 films by prominent Czech directors (Menzel, Hřebejk). For instance, the film Divided We Fall was nominated for Oscar. He wrote the opera Tomorrow, There’s Gonna Be… or A Game about A Trial for the National Theatre in Prague, which was about political trials in former Czechoslovakia. For this opera he was awarded the Alfréd Radok Prize in 2008 as the composer of the year.