Swan Lake - The puppet musical comedy Swan Lake, based on motifs from Tchaikovsky’s ballet, bears the unmistakeable hallmark of Iva Peřínová’s work: playfulness, humour, fantasy and ironic detachment. It may be based on a classical ballet libretto from the 19th century, on the fairytale love of the Prince for Odette, transformed by the magician Von Rothbart into the form of a swan, but the author has developed it in her own way. She has given the story an original happy end, songs, new characters and motifs. Tomáš Dvořák wittily connects the puppet and human actors in the production, and underscores the original humour of the story.
"Swan Lake – A musical puppet play based on motifs from Tchaikovsky’s ballet. Iva Peřinova, the author of many successful productions for the Naive Theatre, based her script on the romantic ballet’s well-known libretto, but developed some of its motifs in her own way. She also plays with the comedy inherent in the fact that the queen’s daughter-in-law may become a swan. Swan Lake is a story about the enchanting power of love, and a puppet “play about a ballet.” Peřinová gained 2nd place in the Alfréd Radok Awards (Play of the Year category) and also won the Skupa’s Pilsen award in 2010. Director Tomáš Dvořák won the Czech Líterary Fund award in 2009.
Swan Lake is undoubtedly one of those fortunate titles where there is no need to think about the age of the audience to whom it is addressed. It is equally attractive and entertaining for children and adults alike, although from a slightly different angle. This fairy-tale story, whose treatment here enriches with its own nuances the basic principle of the battle between good and evil, is written and produced with an emphasis on intelligent humour, tension, visual attractiveness and originality."
(by Z. A. Tichý, Loutkář)
"This stylistically-pure, gently humorous production is further evidence that Iva Peřinová’s puppet plays bring audiences much comfort, maybe even actual happiness."
(by Jan Kerbr, Divadelní noviny)