“The journey following the stories of the jungle has inspired new longing and determination. Our eyes have now grown accustomed to the dark corners of the jungle, but neither do they shirk the bright midday sunshine, revealing the wild beauty under the treetops. We shall go back to the place we have already visited before at a moment of sparkling happiness, but it shall be like the first time. We have to go back. Music, sounds, movement, sweet scents and wildly beautiful images all disappear and re-emerge in front of our eyes. We cannot resist the colourful world of the Jungle Book with its celebration of friendship, theatre, and life under the big top. What we have hoped for has not let us down. We want to revisit and relive it. Allow us to invite you to a joint journey into ‘our jungle’ once again.”
This dance-and-music rendition of Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel The Jungle Book was created by the composer Marko Ivanović and stage designer Matěj Forman. The show choreographed by Štěpán Pechar, with Andrea Sodomková’scostume design, was made in collaboration with the Forman Brothers Theatre, DEKKADANCERS and the Czech Philharmonic.
„Forman, who has also designed the set, has simply managed to capture the atmosphere of an Indian jungle. Semi-darkness and mystery: that is the world which envelopes the viewer from the very start of the show. And it may remind him of the magical worlds of our silver-screen masters Karel Zeman or Jiří Trnka.“
„Andrea Sodomková’s costumes and masks are an important narrative feature. They have been made with such craft and artistry that they themselves tell part of the story and speak of the animals’ characters. (...) In combination with Štěpán Pechar’s choreography, the masked performers from DEKKADANCERS bring an irresistible spectacle.“
Kateřina Korychová, Deník N
„Despite music and dance being the sole guides of the plot, everything was fully comprehensible. After ‘Mythologia’, inspired by Durell’s ‘The Talking Parcel’, ‘The Jungle Book’ is another fantastic show by the Forman-Ivanović duo. The fact that on the opening night there was not a single ticket to buy for all the twenty three showings of the season proves that the audience recognizes the tried-and-tested brand.”